The boy’s track and field sectionals took place May 20 at Rust-Oleum field, Vernon Hills High School, despite rain, cold temperatures and high winds. The conditions resulted in very few personal best times and distances but the three Woodstock-area schools still managed to qualify several athletes to advance to state.
In sectional competition, the top two athletes in each event advance to state.
Marian Central Catholic High School freshman, Ryan Jones surged past Woodstock’s Anthony Thomas on the last lap to place second in the 3,200 meter run (10:06.23), earning Jones his first trip to state.
Jones was Marian’s only athlete to qualify for state. Zach Taylor medaled for Marian, placing third in long jump with a leap of 19 feet, one and ¾ inches. The team placed 11th in the field of 14 teams.
Woodstock High School came home with two sectional champions who will be headed to Charleston May 26 for the state championships. Senior Will Maidment won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 3 inches, and senior Spencer Hanson won the 1,600-meter run in four minutes, 31.42 seconds.
The 4×200 relay team of Casey Dycus, Billy Wellerts, Brandon Waldack and Brad Kohler will represent Woodstock North High School at the state competition. The team ran the 4×200 in 1:33.71, enough for second place.
WNHS’ Matt Haynes will be heading to state for high jump. Haynes tied for second in the event with a jump of 5 feet, 11 inches.
WHS and WNHS had a many scoring athletes and the teams ended the day in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
WHS head coach Bobby Mickey said of his team, “The boys put out 100 percent effort in the class 2A sectionals. I am extremely proud of the passion and intensity that each athlete came out with on Friday. We had a lot of third and fourth place finishes and that hurts, but we had an amazing year as a team.”
Medaling for WHS were: Sean Doyle – third, discus (123 feet, 4 inches); Justin Kucharski – fourth, long jump (18 feet, 10 inches), third, 110 hurdles (16.78) and fourth, 300 hurdles (43.20); Will Maidment – fourth, triple jump (41 feet); Anthony Thomas – third, 3,200 run (10:19.54); Julio Arellano – fourth, 3,200 run; and the 4×400 relay team (Jarod Baker, John Presisto, Austin Castillo and Kucharski) – third (33:35.57).
Medaling for WNHS were: Josh Powell – fourth, shot put (44 feet, 9-1/4 inches); Matt Zinnen – fourth, discus (122 feet, 3 inches); Elijah Pena – fifth, triple jump (40 feet, 7-1/4 inches); Carlos Tapia – tied for sixth, pole vault (11 feet, one inch); Joe Grover – fourth, 110 hurdles (16.87) and third, 300 hurdles (42.35); Brad Kohler – fifth, 100 run (11.36) and fourth, 200 run (22.80); and the 4×100 relay team – fourth (45.45).