CHARLESTON – Jordan Rowell had quite the whirlwind athletic year at IC Catholic, making major contributions to the varsity in three sports as a freshman.
Earlier this school year Rowell started at running back for the varsity football team and was a regular off the bench for the varsity basketball team. On Saturday, he capped off an impressive nine months by notching all-state status in a trio of events at the IHSA Class 1A track meet at Eastern Illinois University.
That included a third-place showing in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.29 seconds despite tweaking his hip during the race.
"Coming around the curve, I felt a little pop in my right hip," said Rowell, who attended Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard a year ago. "But I knew I had to keep going, that race really meant a lot to me. I ended up passing two guys to finish third."
Earlier in the day, he placed sixth in the 100 after crossing the line in 11.05.
"I have to get faster," he said after the 100. "I now know where I stand and I have years to grow. I'm only a freshman. I could have gotten out of the blocks better but I know what I have to work on for next year.
"I've always been told, if you don't get first, you might as well get last but to me, sixth is amazing, especially as a freshman."
Rowell was also a part of the 4x200 relay, along with Andrew Oliver, Aaron Taylor and Luke Calles, which finished eighth in 1:31.87.
All in all, not a bad first experience at the state meet.
"It was amazing," said the freshman. "I loved the atmosphere and I loved seeing the big crowds. I kind of got nervous, but when the race starts, you just have to run your race."