Marengo speedster Jarrell Jackson misses track meet for good reason

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Marengo sophomore Jarrell Jackson had every intention of returning Saturday to the scene of his school-record run from Tuesday.

Jackson ran a 10.8-second time in the 100 meters at Cary-Grove’s Al Bohrer Field on Tuesday to break Tim Lehman’s 32-year-old school record of 10.9.

But Jackson did not return to Cary for the Al Bohrer Invitational on Saturday. Instead, Jackson received an invitation Friday night to attend a Nike Football Training Camp Saturday at Addison Trail High School.

Jackson ran a 4.36 40-yard dash Friday at the Nike Sparq Football Combine at Lake Barrington Field House. His blazing time was one of the best this year among similar combines around the nation.

“Anybody can go to the combines, then they invite certain people back,” Jackson said. “The printed out my rating, and this guy talked to me and interviewed me for about 20 minutes.”

Jackson then called Marengo track coach Jared Secor to deliver the news. Secor understood that it was a rare opportunity for Jackson, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound running back who ran 41 times for 228 yards last season.

“We did some of the same things we did yesterday,” Jackson said of Saturday’s camp. “Then we broke into groups and did some individual position stuff and 7-on-7 stuff. There were college coaches there and some former NFL players coaching us.”

Jackson said he lifts weights before school and runs with the track and football teams but has not worked with a speed and agility trainer. He said Marengo football coach Matt Lynch had clocked him at 4.32. Friday’s combine was Jackson’s first official 40 time.

The school record run also was unexpected for Jackson, although he finished fourth in the Class 2A 60 meters at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic.

“When coach told me, I was really surprised,” Jackson said. “That was my first 100 run of the season. After getting fourth in state indoor, my goal was to beat 11.0 this season.”

• Joe Stevenson is a senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone.

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