PHOTOS: Five boys track athletes to watch this season
Dubem Anikamadu, Huntley, junior
Anikamadu was the 100 meters champion in the McHenry County Meet and the Fox Valley Conference Meet last season as a sophomore. He medalled with the Red Raiders’ 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams at the IHSA Boys Track and Field State Meet in Class 3A. This season he will look for more individual success.
Steven Bellefontaine, Jacobs, senior
Bellefontaine was the runner-up in the 100 and 200 at the McHenry County Meet and Fox Valley Conference Meet. He qualified for Class 3A state in the 100 meters and may pose the biggest challenge to Anikamadu in the sprints at the biggest local meets.
Brian Keyes, McHenry, junior
Keyes was pushing Huntley’s Tim McCloyn for most of the season and eventually finished seventh in the Class 3A discus at the state meet. Keyes threw 173-4 as a sophomore and had a successful summer competing as well.
Will Maidment, Woodstock, senior
Maidment took eighth in the Class 2A high jump at the state meet and was third in the FVC high jump last season. He also was fourth in the FVC triple jump. He has cleared 6-6 in the indoor season and made 6-3 at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic for third place in Class 2A.
Sam Peschke, CL South, senior
Peschke had a standout junior season, taking seventh in Class 3A with a pole vault of 15-0. He had a strong indoor season, clearing that height again and finished second at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic, clearing 15-0. With McHenry’s Kevin Szamlewski and Crystal Lake Central’s Brandon Dahl graduated, Peschke likely steps in as the top area vaulter.