Track

High school boys track and field: Mooney's big day propels Red Raiders to FVC title

Eric Mooney, Huntley
Eric Mooney, Huntley

CARY – Huntley coach Jim Rolando wasn't about to challenge sprinter Eric Mooney about his strong desire to run four events at Friday's Fox Valley Conference Boys Track and Field Meet, including the 100 and 200 open races.

"That was a Connor Boos' move today," said Rolando, referencing the Raiders' 2015 graduate and standout sprinter. "There was no chance he was not going to run four events."

Mooney, who already won the 100 and was a part of the Raiders' 4x100 and 4x200 winning relays, added a fourth victory in the 200 as Huntley claimed its fourth straight FVC title at Cary-Grove's Al Bohrer Field.

Huntley scored 137 points to earn the FVC outdoor crown, followed by Dundee-Crown (86 points) and Jacobs (75).

"Four events is a lot, but at the same time, we're training for it every day," Mooney said. "A huge shoutout to Ron (Noll), (Zach) Tepper and Antonio (Passarelli) in the relays. As far as my individual events, my times weren't where I wanted them to be, but it was pretty cold out. First race, I was a little bit tight, but it seemed to loosen up after that. Overall, I was happy with my performances."

Mooney finished first in the 100 at 11.10 seconds and the 200 at 22.44, and anchored the 4x100 relay (42.74), along with Passarelli, Tepper and Noll. The same four won the 4x200 at 1:31.41, with Tepper anchoring.

Huntley's Zach Fitzgerald won the long jump at 20 feet, 6 inches, and the Raiders had runner-up finishes from Derek Zimmerman (400), Ian Geisler (3,200), Michael Benner (pole vault), Josh Guyer (triple jump) and the the 4x400 relay team of Zimmerman, Chris Simek, Geisler and Rasheed Ahmad.

Dundee-Crown's Adam Swanson won the 400 (51.62), while teammate Jack Michalski won the triple jump (41-11.5).

"I've raced these guys before, I know I can get out there and compete with them," Swanson said. "It was my first time ever using blocks, so I got a nice acceleration. I got off quick and just gave it all I got."

Crystal Lake South's Jack Becker placed first in the 3,200 at 9:28.86, beating Geisler. At the county meet, it was Geisler who edged Becker.

"I wanted to turn the tables today and have faith in how I could close a race," Becker said. "I wanted to win some sort of county or track championship my senior year, so I was happy to end in this fashion."

McHenry's Maki Mohr won the high jump a 6-2 and was second in the long jump.

"I've had a long week, a lot of jumping," Mohr said. "I'm still recovering from the (Alden-Hebron All-Star basketball game). My legs have been a little dead, but I've been icing and stretching, just doing what I can to prepare for next week (at sectionals)."

For Jacobs, Zach Albrecht won the 1,600 (4:22.33), Jermaine Maegdlin-Ferguson won the 300 hurdles (39.82) and Tommy Subaric won the 110 hurdles (15.73). The Eagles also won in the 4x800 (8:10.40).

Prairie Ridge's Grant Jensen won the 800 (1:59.97), and the Wolves' 4x400 won in 3:34.56. McHenry's Brian Keyes won the discus (193-4), setting a meet record previously held by Huntley's Marcus Popenfoose (184-6), and Max Schweitzer won the pole vault (13-6).

Cary-Grove's Andrew Stokes won the shot put (57-8.5) for the second consecutive season, beating teammate Brett Groves and Keyes.

"I think being one of the top three throwers at Cary-Grove is pretty cool, but I'm still shooting for the highest," he said. "It's a far goal, which is 66 (feet) but I've just got to keep working for it."

STAR OF THE MEET

Eric Mooney, Huntley, sr.

Mooney placed first in the 100 meters and 200 meters and also was a part of the Red Raiders' 4x100 and 4x200 winning relays.

THE NUMBER

4: FVC titles for Huntley in past four years.

AND ANOTHER THING… 

Huntley is trying to win FVC indoor, county, FVC outdoor and sectional titles all for the fourth consecutive year. The Raiders can complete the sweep next Friday as sectional hosts.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

Fox Valley Conference Meet

Team scores: 1. Huntley 137, 2. Dundee-Crown 86, Jacobs 75, 4. Crystal Lake South 66, 5. McHenry 65, 6. Cary-Grove 55, 7. Prairie Ridge 36, 8. Crystal Lake Central 27, 9. Hampshire 13

4x800 relay: 1. Jacobs (Albrecht, Bognar, Lemke, Cole) 8:10.40, 2. Prairie Ridge 8:15.30, 3. Dundee-Crown 8:15.50, 4. Huntley 8:16.60, 5. Cary-Grove 8:23.60, 6. Crystal Lake Central 8:25.40

4x100 relay: 1. Huntley (Passarelli, Tepper, Noll, Mooney) 42.74, 2. Dundee-Crown 42.80, 3. Crystal Lake South 43.08, 4. McHenry 45.24, 5. Cary-Grove 45.44, 6. Crystal Lake Central 45.59

3,200 meters: 1. Becker (CLS) 9:28.86, 2. Geisler (Hunt) 9:36.35, 3. Segura (Hunt) 9:44.17, 4. Pilat (McH) 9:48.27, 5. Janikowski (DC) 10:00.73, 6. Yescas (Hamp) 10:03.53

110 high hurdles: 1. Subaric (Jac) 15.54, 2. Smith (CLC) 15.63, 3. Maegdlin-Ferguson (Jac) 15.73, 4. Bolas (Hunt) 15.92, 5. Eschweiler (PR) 16.19, 6. Sahm (McH) 16.20

100 meters: 1. Mooney (Hunt) 11.10, 2. Lawrence (CLS) 11.36, 3. Borgert (CLS) 11.38, 4. Becker (DC) 11.46, 5. Foster (DC) 11.74, 6. Bisram (CLC) 11.77

800 meters: 1. Jensen (PR) 1:59.97, 2. DeVita (DC) 2:00.01, 3. Stuart (Hamp) 2:01.19, 4. Hernandez (DC) 2:01.54, 5. Caesar (CG) 2:02.38, 6. Baker (PR) 2:04.18

4x200 relay: 1. Huntley (Noll, Tepper, Passarelli, Mooney) 1:31.41, 2. Dundee-Crown 1:31.69, 3. Crystal Lake South 1:31.76, 4. Jacobs 1:34.47, 5. Cary-Grove 1:36.12, 6. Crystal Lake Central 1:37.51

400 meters: 1. Swanson (DC) 51.62, 2. Zimmerman (Hunt) 51.91, 3. Varvara (Hamp) 53.05, 4. Libert (CG) 53.34, 5. Slotemaker (Jac) 53.65, 6. Mohr (McH) 53.75

300 int. hurdles: 1. Maegdlin-Ferguson (Jac) 39.82, 2. Subaric (Jac) 40.59, 3. Sahm (McH) 41.54, 4. Lewis (CG) 41.83, 5. Smith (CLC) 41.95, 6. Lawson (CLS) 42.07

1,600 meters: 1. Albrecht (Jac) 4:22.33, 2. Becker (CLS) 425.60, 3. Smalley (CLC) 4:31.25, 4. Conroy (Hunt) 4:32.75, 5. Roe (Hunt) 4:36.42, 6. Warren (CG) 4:36.72

200 meters: 1. Mooney (Hunt) 22.44, 2. Borgert (CLS) 22.72, 3. Tepper (Hunt) 23.21, 4. Belknap (DC) 23.30, 5. Lawrence (CLS) 23.41, 6. Miller (DC) 23.82

4x400 relay: 1. Prairie Ridge (Baker, Dzurisin, Willis, Jensen) 3:34.56, 2. Jacobs 3:35.36, 3. Huntley 3:35.88, 4. Cary-Grove 3:36.64, 5. Crystal Lake South 3:38.00, 6. Dundee-Crown 3:39.04

Shot put: 1. Stokes (CG) 57-8.5, 2. Groves (CG) 53-4, 3. Keyes (McH) 53-3.5, 4. Piskule (Hunt) 50-0, 5. Litwin (Hunt) 49-5.5, 6. Jenkins (PR) 45-9.5

Discus: 1. Keyes (McH) 193-4 (meet record), 2. Petko (CG) 157-3, 3. Rosch (CG) 156-4, 4. Munn (CLC) 153-3.5, 5. Litwin (Hunt) 147-7, 6. Pilat (Hunt) 136-9

High jump: 1. Mohr (McH) 6-2, 2. Michalski (DC) 6-0, t3. Maye (McH) 5-10, Guyer (Hunt) 5-10, 5. Aulert (CG) 5-10, 6. Bolas (Hunt) 5-10

Long jump: 1. Fitzgerald (Hunt) 20-6, 2. Mohr (McH) 20-4, 3. Becker (DC) 19-9, 4. Ayedun (CLS) 19-8.5, 5. Falco (CLC) 19-3.5, 6. Frank (Jac) 19-2

Triple jump: 1. Michalski (DC) 41-11.5, 2. Guyer (Hunt) 41-7.25, 3. Frank (Jac) 40-11.25, 4. Conner (DC) 39-11.25, 5. Fitzgerald (Hunt) 39-11.25, 6. Reall (CLS) 39-7.25

Pole vault: 1. Schweitzer (McH) 13-6, 2. Benner (Hunt) 12-6, 3. Alpert (Hunt) 12-0, t4. Fist (PR) 11-0, Lyons (CLS) 11-0, t6. Siversten (CLS) 11-0, Seegers (CLS) 11-0

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