Boys State Championship Snap Recap
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It turned out to be good news when the results were posted; we had scored points for fifth place. Last year we entered the sectional ranked as high as second in the pre-race speculation. But we had had some adversity during the week entering the race; we were not percent.
In the end, we just ran badly that day. But two of our runners up front—Santino and Weber—had underperformed, as well.
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When the results were posted, there was a surprise. Improbably the results on the wall said we had finished fifth with points. We celebrated wildly, no doubt because of the big surprise. We had been prepared for bad news.
We took celebratory photographs with the team gathered around state champion and Ignatius graduate Mike Patton, who had come to watch the race. Then came the bad news. Because of a chip scoring error, the results were missing a runner from Lane Tech.
When the runner was added to the race rank after a video review, we were relegated to sixth place. As I noted in a blog post at the time, boys do cry. We had entered the race nervous but confident in ourselves. We had run well, if not spectacularly. We had a score safely under —maybemaybe ? Tony Jones from Lane Tech asked me to help him identify runners in his Ipad video of the finish, with the meet results still in doubt among the coaches.
Photo by Ilona Koziel. But as carefully as teams had tried to calculate their scores and those of their close opponents during the race, there was clear confusion among coaches after the race about the results.
Tony Jones of Lane Tech was running through his finish line video on his Ipad. He called me over to identify our runners. Jones was talking positively about his runners at the front of the race, but then he was clearly worried to discover that both his fourth and fifth runners had apparently finished well back in the pack—48th and 63rd. New Trier thought they had won the race, ahead of York. Behof told me we were likely third, and he was hopeful that Loyola was fourth.
Fifth, for some reason, remained a mystery. Our team was not celebrating, but it was clear that a weight had been lifted from their shoulders once the race was over, and our fate, if not certain, seemed pretty sure.
Maybe the pain of the previous year hung over our heads a little bit; there would be no premature celebration. Of course, when we were told we had qualified last year, we had been told those results were official. We had not been premature then, either. All we did was take a few photographs.
As an aside, it is also possible that the boys were subdued because there had been bad news for our girls team. Running without their number two runner, who had been injured the week before, the team had finished one point out of fifth place behind Loyola, It had been so close that the race was decided by the fifth runners for each team.
Of course, any of the top five Ignatius runners felt they could have scored the one missing point. The only consolation was that junior Alexis Jakubowski had finished 14th and qualified as an individual to run in Peoria next week. Our boys knew first hand the kind of disappointment the girls were feeling. The official boys results gave New Trier their surprising victory with 79 points, with York at We scoredwith Loyola Academy fourth at —and Lane Tech fifth Pre-race speculation said that six ranked teams were fighting for five spots.
2016 Boys State Championship Snap Recap
Maine South with points was the team left out in the cold. Glenbard West and Lake Park had been surprisingly close to qualifying. We had beaten three teams that had beaten us in head to head races the previous two weeks.
Loyola had won at the Chicago Catholic League meet; we had been third behind champion Lane Tech and Maine South at the regional the week before. We had beaten teams that were ranked ahead of us, as well. But we were the small news of the day. The Titans simply destroyed the Rams as well as 2 Normal University. The beating was so bad that 7th man Gary Pommier Sr. Jack Aho once again let the pace come to him.
He went out front running comfortable ahead of Jack Franklin Sr. The opening mile was 4: Jack did not pull away until the last half mile. Matt caught a tiring Franklin and moved into second. The brothers ran personal best Brothers have went in the past but you will be hard pressed to find another sibling perform well.
Triplet sister Elizabeth Aho placed 60th and led her team to a 6th place finish. Coach Paul Vandersteen has a cool demeanor and that has trickled down to his team. One reason is he turns over his roster every year with a heavy load of upperclassmen.
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However, they the next group returns more ready than before. It is as if they are born to be success despite limited varsity racing.
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The Wildcats arguably produced a top five all-time effort in defeating a feisty Downers Grove North team who apparently had a lead late in the contest. There was the huge pack at the mile that you normally see in every state meet. There up front was the usual suspects.
There was no separation in the triangle of this pack. No one was willing to put their cards on the table yet. The pace was slower than the two previous Boys races run on this day. As they turned the corner going behind the starting line, no one blinked.
No one budged in that pack. As they made the turn to cross the field with a half mile to go, Reiser bolted to the lead trying to break the pack.
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Pereira, Clevenger, and Gordon were following close behind. I thought I could not go faster than that. In the last meters, it was all out. Reiser and Dale did just that with Reiser having a little more. He opened up 10 seconds on Dale in the final meters to win in Dale crossed the line second exhausted in All the work has finally paid off in these four years. This is what it is all about.
He ran the last mile in a quick 4: I was sitting back the whole race just trying to stay calm. I knew I could close pretty hard. I got close to Jesse and pushed it a lot. I wanted to put it all out there and I definitely did. Two seconds behind came Ryan Clevenger.
Then Kevin Salvano was next finishing fifth running his best race of the year. Lost in the pack was the performance of York freshman Charlie Kern. He was 25th at the two mile point seven seconds behind the lead pack.
He stormed down the final straight only to be passed by Connor Horn Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville in the final few meters to finish eighth overall.