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Inside Track and Field: McHenry's Reiser, C-G's Schulz Athletes of Week

Athletes of the Week


Jesse Reiser

McHenry, jr.

Reiser set records for the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the McHenry County Track and Field Meet last week.

In the 3,200, Reiser ran 9:08.49 to wipe out the meet’s second-oldest record of 9:10.9, which belonged to Crystal Lake Community’s Bill Santino from 1974.

Reiser then came back to run 4:14.92 in the 1,600, beating the mark of Jacobs’ Evan Jager (4:17.67) set in 2006. Reiser considers Jager, an Olympic steeplechaser, an idol and got to meet him twice in the high school cross country season.


Morgan Schulz

Cary-Grove, jr.

Schulz broke two records at the McHenry County Track and Field Meet (although she only got credit for one) in two of the most demanding races, the 800 meters and 300 low hurdles.

Schulz finished second to Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen in the 800, with both runners breaking the old record. Van Vlierbergen finished in 2:12.02, with Schulz at 2:14.42.

Schulz then came back and ran 44.66 to break C-G’s Kathie Wollney’s 300 hurdles record of 45.343. She also anchored the Trojans’ winning 4x200 relay team and won the 200 meters.

C-G won its sixth consecutive county meet team title.

“I’ve seen our girls do some cool things in recent years,” C-G coach Mark Anderson said. “But Morgan doing this is pretty impressive.”


Where they rank: Reiser and Van Vliergerben both have two top times in the state in any class according to, a website that records track and field performances.

Reiser's time from the McHenry County Meet are tops in the state for boys in the 1,600 and 3,200. Van Vlierbergen's 2:12.80 800 time from county is best, and her 4:55.10 time in the 1,600 from earlier also is first.

Woodstock's Maura Beattie, the defending Class 2A 3,200 state champion, has the best Class 2A time in that race at 10:51.69.

Schulz's 300 hurdles time of 44.66 is second in the state and her 2:14.42 800 time is third. C-G's Ricky Hurley, the county champion in the shot put and discus, has the fifth-best shot put (56 feet, 11 3/4 inches) and the sixth-best discus (176-5) of the season.

Miss Versatile: Crystal Lake South’s Kianna Clark won the girls shot put title at the county meet Thursday, then came back to run a leg on the Gators’ 4x100 relay team that set a record at 50.70. Gaby DeJesus, Kathleen Pencak and Taylor Schau ran with Clark in the 4x100.

Fast youngsters: Some of the smaller schools showed well in girls sprint races at the county meet. Richmond-Burton sophomore Miranda Halverson was second in the 400, third in the 200 and fifth in the 100.

Marian Central freshman Breanna Koch was second in the 100 and third in the 200. Harvard sophomore Sophie Stricker was third in the 200 (with the same time as Halverson) and fourth in the 200.

Tough to beat: Huntley’s boys won their third consecutive county meet team title with 150 points, well ahead of second-place McHenry at 113. And only a handful of the Red Raiders’ points came from seniors.

“We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores step up,” Huntley coach Jim Rolando said. “Three in a row is awesome. It says a lot about how many kids came out and kept working.”

This week’s top meets

Fox Valley Conference Girls Meet

4 p.m. Thursday, at Grayslake North

Cary-Grove will vie for its sixth consecutive conference team title.

Big Northern Conference Girls Meet

4 p.m. Thursday at Rock Falls

Harvard, Marengo and Richmond-Burton are the three local teams competing in the meet.

– Joe Stevenson

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