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Boys track and field preview capsules

Published: Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:43 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 1:43 p.m. CST

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Fox Valley Conference

Cary-Grove

Coach: Layne Holter (21st season)

Last year’s finish: Fifth in FVC

Top returning athletes: Ricky Hurley, jr. (throws), Michael Saxon, jr. (hurdles, sprints), Robbie Gleeson, so. (sprints), Chris Klowitter, sr. (sprints), Daniel Speer, jr. (sprints), Tyler Stordahl, jr. (distance), Brad Wolter, sr. (sprints), Jeff Yokup, jr. (sprints), John Cody, jr. (distance), Matt Wade, jr. (throws).

Top new athletes: Kyle Pressley, fr. (sprints, hurdles), Ryan Ratcovich, Fr. (distance), Zeke Skol, jr., (sprints), Jack Adams, fr. (distance), Kyle Adams, fr. (distance), Tommy Williams, fr. (distance), Andrew Sytsma, fr. (throws).

Worth noting: The Trojans improved last year and hope to make some more strides this season. They will get big points from Hurley, the area’s premier thrower, and Saxon should be one of the top hurdlers. Holter thinks C-G will be better in the jumps and strong, as always, in the 400 and 4x400 relays.

Crystal Lake Central

Coach: Brian Seaver (14th season)

Last year’s finish: Third in FVC

Top returning athletes: Ryan Pitner, sr. (distance), Nick Amato, sr. (800, PV), Brad Mugler, sr. (PV, sprints), Zach Stebelton, sr. (hurdles), Michael Chen, sr. (hurdles).

Top new athletes: Scott Benhart. so. (400, sprints).

Worth noting: Central always finds a way to contend for the FVC title, although graduation losses of Alex Baker and Isaiah Mosher take away a lot of points. Pitner had an outstanding cross country season, taking fifth in the Class 2A state meet, and will lead the distance runners.

Crystal Lake South

Coach: Rich Eschman (fifth season)

Last year’s finish: Ninth in FVC

Top returning athletes: Kyle Hedge, jr. (throws), David Lenzini, sr. (distance), Drew Kopfman, sr. (distance), Tony Nuccio, jr. (sprints), Ryan Sisto, jr. (sprints), Matt McCarthy, jr. (sprints, hurdles, TJ), Kenny Deman, jr. (throws), Thomas Mroz, jr. (throws).

Top new athletes: Jimmy Collins, so. (TJ, LJ), Scott Coughlin, so. (HJ, LJ), Tommy Melone, so. (distance), Jon Prus, fr. (distance), Miles Foydl, fr. (distance), Ryan Russman, jr. (sprints).

Worth noting: The Gators will try to send their 4x800 relay team to state for the seventh consecutive year. Hedge is off to a big start in the shot put with a school-record throw of 54-10½ indoors.

Dundee-Crown

Coach: Mike Richardson (first season)

Last year’s finish: Seventh in FVC

Top returning athletes: Kiwaun Seals, jr. (LJ, TJ); Sam Franckowiak, sr. (sprints); Austin White, jr. (sprints), Justin Tolentino, jr. (jumps), Thomas Wright, sr. (throws), C.J. Johnson, sr. (throws).

Top new athletes: Malik Dunner, jr. (sprints), T.J. Moss, sr. (sprints)

Worth noting: The Chargers will be strong in the sprints with White, who was one of the FVC’s fastest last year. Also, Dunner, who transferred, and Moss, a running back in football, will add depth for the sprint relays.

Hampshire

Coach: Joe Watzlawick (second season)

Last year’s finish: 14th in FVC

Top returning athletes: Gader Bulow, jr. (throws), Will Hempel, sr. (hurdles), Andy Peterson, sr. (hurdles).

Top new athletes: Tim Jansen, sr. (sprints), Douglas Stuehler, fr. (jumps), Patrick Fleener, jr. (throws).

Worth noting: The Whip-Purs hope to have a little more success and find some points in the FVC Meet this year after being shut out last season.

Huntley

Coach: Jim Rolando (ninth season)

Last year’s finish: FVC champion

Top returning athletes: John Los, sr. (distance), Brennan Bell, jr. (jumps, hurdles), Connor Boos, jr. (sprints), Isaac Jiminez, jr. (throws), Keagan Smith, so. (distance), Seth Conroy, so. (distance).

Worth noting: Bell and Boos lead the sprints, while Smith was outstanding in cross country, finishing 16th in the Class 3A state meet. The Red Raiders tied for the McHenry County Meet title, then won the FVC Meet, but have to make up for some significant graduation losses. Still, consider them one of the favorites.

Jacobs

Coach: Jason Borhart (12th season)

Last year’s finish: Eighth in FVC

Top returning athletes: Matt Johnson, sr. (distance), Zach Johnson, sr. (distance), Corey Albrecht, sr. (distance), Jon Godinez, sr. (distance), Matt Goldby, jr. (distance), Sebastian Baran, jr (distance), Alec Bognar, jr. (distance), Josh Walker, jr. (sprints), Camden McLain, jr, (hurdles), Nick Gierlak, jr. (sprints), Adam Anyu, jr. (jumps), Dylan Rogers, so. (sprints).

Top new athletes: Patrick Shannon, so. (sprints).

Worth noting: Walker will be one of the area’s fastest runners and should lead a solid group of sprinters. Borhart thinks the field events will be stronger and contribute with more points. Matt Johnson was one of the area’s top cross country runners.

Johnsburg

Coach: Chris Setzler (15th season)

Last year’s finish: 12th in FVC

Top returning athletes: Matt Stelmasek, so. (distance), Sam Blankenship, jr. (sprints, hurdles), Sandro Magradze, sr. (sprints, hurdles), Noah Miller, jr. (distance), Mark Gaura, jr. (distance), Ben Stillwell, sr. (throws).

Top new athletes: Nash Miller, jr. (distance), Blake Lemcke, fr. (sprints).

Worth noting: Magradze was a Class 2A state qualifier in the 300 hurdles and Blankenship looks good in the hurdles and sprints. Setzler feels both can make an impact in the FVC and in the sectional and state meets.

McHenry

Coach: Dennis Hutchinson (first season)

Last year’s finish: Second in FVC

Top returning athletes: Jesse Reiser, jr. (distance), Evan Hying, sr. (distance), Kyle Postal, sr. (HJ), Phil Shelton, sr. (distance), Ben Nichols, jr. (throws), Michael Hahndorf, so. (distance), Thomas Hellios, sr. (PV), Italo Roche, jr. (sprints), Alec Glauser, sr. (sprints), Joe Schmitt, sr. (hurdles).

Top new athletes: Gio Purpura, fr. (sprints), Jeff Machometa, jr. (sprints), Luke Krauser, sr. (throws), Kevin Szamlewski, so. (sprints, PV), Jordan Johnson, sr. (LJ, TJ).

Worth noting: Hutchinson thinks the Warriors will be solid and cover most events pretty well. Reiser will dominate distance races and Postal may be the area’s top high jumper.

Prairie Ridge

Coach: Judd Shutt (10th season)

Last year’s finish: 11th in FVC

Top returning athletes: Brendan Bruhnke, jr. (LJ), Ryan Freeze, jr. (PV), Brent Anderson, jr. (sprints), Josh Behning, sr. (throws).

Top new athletes: Filip Pajak, fr. (distance), Jacob Reid, jr. (sprints, jumps), Nick Bachar, jr. (sprints, HJ), Mitchell Todd, jr. (sprints).

Worth noting: Shutt thinks the Wolves have some depth in sprints and jumps with some of their new athletes, including a lot of juniors. Josh Behning has thrown 52-6 in the shot put and will help in the field events.

Woodstock

Coach: Matt McCulley (fourth season)

Last year’s finish: 10th in FVC

Top returning athletes: Luke Beattie, so. (distance), Zach Bellavia, sr. (distance), Liam DeWane, sr. (distance), Joey Primus, sr. (distance), Alan Hafer, sr. (distance), J.P. Cosper, sr. (sprints), Anthony Martys, sr. (sprints).

Top new athletes: Spencer Hanson, fr. (distance), Will Naitnent, fr. (HJ), Tim Andersson, fr. (throws).

Worth noting: Woodstock lost a large state contingent to graduation last season, but has large freshman numbers to build toward the future. Beattie had a strong cross country season and should be one of the area’s top distance runners.

Woodstock North

Coach: John Fredericks (fifth season)

Last year’s finish: 13th in FVC

Top returning athletes: Cody Kupsik, sr. (hurdles), Jimmy Krenger, jr. (PV), Jeremy Haymond, jr. (sprints, jumps, discus), Sergio Rodriguez, sr. (distance), Jesse Long, so. (distance).

Top new athletes: Brad Kohler, fr. (sprints, discus), Jacob Varys, so. (throws).

Worth noting: Krenger narrowly missed qualifying for state last year in the pole vault. Kupsik was one of the Thunder’s top athletes last year in the 300 intermediate hurdles and high jump.

Big Northern Conference

Harvard

Coach: Dennis Eisele (14th season)

Last year’s finish: 10th in BNC

Top returning athletes: Jorge Pichardo, sr. (distance), Christian Kramer, jr. (sprints), Zach C. Martin, sr. (jumps), Michael MacKenzie, sr. (hurdles), David Anaya, sr. (distance).

Top new athletes: Pedro Guzman, so. (distance), Cameron Iftner, jr. (distance), Zach Poliquin, jr. (distance, jumps), Zach B. Martin, so. (throws).

Worth noting: Pichardo can be regarded as Harvard’s best male distance runner ever. Kramer can score some big points in the sprints. Eisele thinks the team success will rest with how much the Hornets improve through the season.

Marengo

Coach: Jared Secor (second season)

Last year’s finish: 11th in BNC

Top returning athletes: Nick Simons, jr. (sprints, hurdles), Jarrell Jackson, so. (sprints), Nick Esunis, jr. (throws, sprints), Jorge Herrera, jr. (distance).

Top new athletes: Michael Vega-Perez, fr. (distance, hurdles), Cameron Vanderlin, fr. (sprints, LJ), Adam Roudabush, so. (distance, jumps), Nate Hetzel, so. (distance).

Worth noting: Jackson finished fourth in the Class 2A 60 meters at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic. The Indians have several returning athletes who scored points last season, along with a large group of new incoming athletes, which should help provide depth.

Richmond-Burton

Coach: Tad DePorter (first season)

Last year’s finish: Ninth in BNC

Top returning athletes: Greg Arther, sr. (distance), Ben Gardner, sr. (distance), Ryan Garrett, sr. (distance), James Kaht, sr. (distance), Kyle Kirby, sr. (sprints), Connor Olsen, sr. (sprints), John Stasieczek, jr. (throws), Joey Wolfram, so. (sprints, hurdles).

Top new athletes: Bryce Wagner, sr. (throws), Jake Eisele, so. (sprints), Dylan Frisch, so. (sprints), Carter Miller, so. (sprints), Dalton Wagner, fr. (throws), Ben Wasilewski, fr. (sprints), Chris Williams, fr. (distance).

Worth noting: DePorter thinks distance and middle distance will be the Rockets’ strength. He just wants his athletes to compete and continue to get better as the season progresses.

Suburban Christian 

Conference

Marian Central

Coach: Adam Zanck (first season)

Last year’s finish: Tied for fourth in SCC

Top returning athletes: Alex Cetera, sr. (distance), Jordan Niemeyer, jr. (sprints, jumps), Michael Lyons, jr. (distance), Sam Gulbrandsen, jr. (distance), Justin Santopadre, so. (sprints, distance), Chaz Hientzelman, sr. (hurdles, HJ), Allen Young, sr. (throws), Sebastian Soliz, jr. (throws), John Slivka, jr. (throws).

Top new athletes: Adam Konopka, fr. (sprints, distance), Nicky Malinski, fr. (distance), Danny Baumert, fr. (distance), Clay Gulbrandsen, fr. (distance), Ben Taylor, so. (sprints), Jack Littner, so. (sprints), Ben Stone, so. (sprints), Vince Catarello, so. (jumps), Gerard Squires, so. (jumps).

Worth noting: The sophomore class could give the Hurricanes a lift in the sprints and jumping events. Niemeyer was one of the top sprinters and jumpers in the county last year.

Northeastern Athletic 

Conference

Alden-Hebron

Coach: Adam Burmeister (third season)

Top returning athletes: Marcus Heaver, jr. (LJ, sprints, distance), Andrew Kracinski, so. (throws).

Top new athletes: Thomas Baldwin, fr. (sprints), distance, Trent Redlin, jr. (throws), Shane Beize, fr. (throws), June Norfleet, jr. (sprints), Kristian Rapa, fr. (distances), Nick Beck, sr. (hurdles), Jacob Heaver, jr. (hurdles, HJ), Austin Stauss, fr. (HJ, distance), Isaiah Johnson, jr. (sprints, TJ), Josh Johnson, so. (sprints, jumps), Joel Alvarez, fr. (throws), Nate Peterson, so. (distance), Kevin Mendoza, jr. (sprints).

Worth noting: The Giants’ numbers are way up, from eight to 23, which will help a lot. Beck and Peterson were A-H’s best running backs in football and bring good speed to the sprints.

  – Compiled by Joe Stevenson, the Northwest Herald

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