Track and field insider: Harvard's Martin, Huntley's Tramblay athletes of week
Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Martin was instrumental in helping the Hornets finish with 64 points for sixth place in the 14-team Don Gooden Invitational last Saturday at Mendota.
Martin took second in the triple jump (40-4 1/2) and third in the long jump (19-3) and also ran in the Hornets’ third-place 4x100-meter relay team. Cameron Iftner, Christian Kramer and Coty Reilly also ran in that race with Martin.
Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Tramblay won the 100 high hurdles in 15.1 seconds and took second in the 300 low hurdles (48.3) at Huntley’s Jennifer Kearns Invitational Meet last Saturday.
The Red Raiders finished third in the meet with 184 points. In addition to her individual finishes, Tramblay teamed with Tess Miller, Alyssa Bushman and Tina Driscoll to win the 4x400 relay in 4:07.2.
Fun in the sun: McHenry junior Jesse Reiser traveled to California last week for the Arcadia Invitational, a meet that draws some of the nation’s best high school talent, and ran in the boys 3,200 meters.
Reiser knew, with the field in the race, that everyone was looking to run a personal-best time, which he did in 8:54. Reiser finished in ninth place.
“It was a very humbling experience with 20 kids going sub-9 minutes,” Reiser said. “It was exhilarating. I was happy. I was shooting for top 10 and cracking 8:55.”
Reiser arrived on Thursday for the Saturday race and trained with runners from Downers Grove North, including his friend Zack Smith, on the day before the race.
“I didn’t really know how fast we were going [in the race],” Reiser said. “I tried to stay with them and keep moving.”
Reiser will compete in his first outdoor race this spring at Minooka on Saturday.
Nice run: Johnsburg senior Sandro Magradze ran a 40.6 to win the 300 intermediate hurdles at last Saturday’s Al Bohrer Invitational at Cary-Grove. That’s only .14 off the Class 2A state-qualifying standard.
Magradze qualified for state in the 300 hurdles last year and should have a shot at the finals this time. Johnsburg also finished third at the invitational.
This Week’s Top Meets
Marengo Ed Reeves Invitational
9 a.m. Saturday, at Rod Poppe Fields
• Harvard, Johnsburg, Richmond-Burton, Woodstock and the host Indians are the local teams competing. Some of the area’s top girls runners – Marengo’s Allie Sprague and Caitlyn Allen, and Woodstock’s Maura Beattie – will be in the meet.
McHenry County Meet
Thursday and Friday, at Huntley
• All the boys and girls teams in the county will compete in the meet. Both nights of competition will be at Huntley, with field events and running preliminaries on Thursday and running finals on Friday. The first day starts at 4 p.m.