CHARLESTON – Matt Contreras did not put forth his best performance at the sectional track meet last spring, costing himself a berth at the IHSA state meet.
Twelve months later, the Wheaton North junior more than made up for that by notching all-state honors in the pole vault with a personal record mark of 14 feet, 3 inches as he finished eighth in Class 3A
"It's an awesome experience just to be [at state]," Contreras said. "It was a blast. I was just trying to have fun, that is what sports is about. And getting a medal is just an added bonus."
Also making the experience even more enjoyable was the fact that three other pole vault competitors to make it to state are a part of the Jump High Athletic Club that Contreras frequents: Adam Peterson of Neuqua Valley, Ben Junkroski of Bolingbrook and Ryan Pullara of Minooka all made the finals, as well.
Contreras was the lone Falcon to advance to the finals, something the junior sees changing next spring.
"We had an awesome year," he said. "We beat Lake Park at the conference meet, we were so happy. But coach has said that we have a young team, and that's true. We have a lot of juniors and very few seniors. Hopefully next year is going to be our year."
Steven Connor fell .27 seconds short of advancing to the finals in the 110-meter high hurdles after posting a time of 14.8 in Friday's prelims.
Joseph Emmanuel also crossed the line in 4:35.41 in the prelims of the 1,600 while the 4x400 relay team of Jeremy Stapleton, Bradley Dowell, Joe Kirby and Connor finished in 3:22.17.
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Kyle Cepeda competed in the 3,200-meter run at the IHSA Class 3A state meet Saturday and finished 14th with a time of 9:31.14.
In Friday's prelims, Jon Callaway fell less than three feet short of moving on to the finals after registering a mark of 152 feet, 5 inches in the discus.
Luke Schroer also clocked a time of 4:22.06 in the 1,600 prelims and the 4x400 relay team of Josh Prueter, Matt Brocious, Michael Kinfe and Carson Discher posted a time of 3:21.06.
Senior Matt Lorish competed in the prelims of the 800-meter run at the IHSA Class 2A state meet on Friday and crossed the line with a time of 2:06.52.
Adam Izewski just missed out on advancing to Saturday's finals in the triple jump after registering a mark of 41 feet, 3.75 inches. The 4x400 relay team of Matt Dahle, Lorish, Dan Reczek and Jeff Duke also participated.