High school boys track and field: Huntley wins 5th straight Fox Valley Conference Meet

Red Raiders win team title for 5th consecutive year

Huntley's Ian Giesler (right) approaches teammate Jadon Conroy for the final handoff in the 4x800-meter relay during the Fox Valley Conference Boys Track and Field Meet on Friday at Huntley. The Huntley relay team of Jeremy Roe, Chris Simek, Giesler and Conroy placed first and set a meet record.
Huntley's Ian Giesler (right) approaches teammate Jadon Conroy for the final handoff in the 4x800-meter relay during the Fox Valley Conference Boys Track and Field Meet on Friday at Huntley. The Huntley relay team of Jeremy Roe, Chris Simek, Giesler and Conroy placed first and set a meet record.

HUNTLEY – Huntley has established a reputation in the sprint races with 10 state medals, between individual and relay races, over the past four years.

The Red Raiders are poised to add something else to their state résumé: a distance medal.

Huntley’s Jeremy Roe, Chris Simek, Ian Geisler and Jadon Conroy started the running portion of the Fox Valley Conference Boys Track and Field Meet in inspiring fashion, running a 7:49.91 in the 4x800-meter relay to break the meet record.

From there, the Raiders took off, finishing with 159 points Friday night at Red Raider Stadium to win their fifth consecutive FVC title. Dundee-Crown was second with 86 points, and Cary-Grove was third with 53.

“Every time they run the 4x800, it just carries over for the remainder of the night on the track,” Raiders coach Chris Maxedon said. “They came out and put down a really good time, and it carried over. I was just hoping our guys would compete, and I wanted to see guys continue to progress and get better.”

The 4x100 team of Antonio Passarelli, Zach Tepper, Ron Noll and Paul Kerber answered the 4x800 group with a meet record (42.35) of its own. Geisler came back and won the 1,600, and Passarelli won the 100. The Raiders also got championships in the field from Alex Pitrone (shot put) and Michael Benner (pole vault).

The 4x800 team’s meet record may be the fastest time in the state this season. According to the website, the fastest time run this season had been Naperville Central’s 7:57.91.

“The key was to let them take it out at the first and take off, every time, at the 300, just take off,” Roe said. “We can only improve upon it. I know my best isn’t at 1:59. It can only get better.”

The group broke the record of 7:51.1, set by Huntley’s Seth Conroy, Keagan Smith, Mike Grocholski and Zach Bollman in 2016.

The 4x100 team broke a record of 42.41, set in 2017 by a group that included Noll.

“We’ve been working a lot on handoffs the last few days, solely dedicated to that,” Passarelli said. “Our handoffs were phenomenal. They were great. Third to fourth, [Kerber] took off a little too early, but you can’t complain because we came out of here with a win. That’s all that matters.”

Dundee-Crown also had a big night in the sprints. The Chargers’ Jason Miller nipped Kerber by one-hundredth of a second to win the 200. Earlier, Miller anchored D-C’s 4x200 relay with Dylan Becker, Trevor Fed and Alex Miller, which set a meet record in 1:28.88.

“We got second in the 4x100 and really wanted to beat Huntley,” Miller said. “We came out, our coach got us in the right mindset, and we gave it our all.”

D-C also got titles from Fed (long jump) and Lucas Jankowski (3,200).

Prairie Ridge’s Ethan Baker (1:57.42) and Grant Jensen (1:57.72) finished 1-2 in the 800. Hampshire’s Cam Reedy had a hand in two titles, winning the 400 and anchoring the Whip-Purs’ victorious 4x400 relay with Jake Louis, Isai Morales and Jonah Varvara.

Cary-Grove’s Jason Petko, who was seventh in the Class 3A discus last year, won the discus and took second in the shot put. The Trojans’ A.J. Lewis won the 300 intermediate hurdles.

Jacobs’ Tommy Subaric won the 110 high hurdles and took second in the 300s. Crystal Lake South’s Matt Reall won the triple jump, and McHenry’s Andy Maye won the high jump.


Fox Valley Conference Meet

Team scores: 1. Huntley 159, 2. Dundee-Crown 86, 3. Cary-Grove 53, 4. Crystal Lake Central 47, 5 (tie). Jacobs, Prairie Ridge 44, 7. Crystal Lake South 43, 8. McHenry 42, 9. Hampshire 40.

4x800 relay: 1. Huntley (Roe, Simek, Geisler, Conroy) 7:49.91 (meet record), 2. Hampshire 8:08.25, 3. CL Central 8:09.25, 4. Jacobs 8:12.80, 5. Cary-Grove 8:40.68, 6. Prairie Ridge 8:40.78.

4x100 relay: 1. Huntley (Passarelli, Tepper, Noll, Kerber) 42.35 (meet record), 2. Dundee-Crown 42.45, 3. CL South 43.95, 4. Jacobs 43.99, 5. CL Central 45.33, 6. Hampshire 45.49.

3,200 meters: 1. Janikowski (DC) 9:54.33, 2. Garcia (McH) 9:54.77, 3. Knebl (McH) 10:13.91, 4. Ozzauto (Hunt) 10:14.74, 5. Iqbal (Hunt) 10:15.47, 6. Picchi (CLS) 10:15.64.

110 high hurdles: 1. Subaric (Jac) 15.21, 2. Eschweiler (PR) 15.49, 3. Michalski (DC) 15.54, 4. Smith (CLC) 15.85, 5. Law (CLS) 15.97, 6. Ke. Adams (Hunt) 16.33.

100 meters: 1. Passarelli (Hunt) 11.18, 2. Borgert (CLS) 11.43, Becker (DC) 11.47, 4. Tepper (Hunt) 11.49, 5. Foster (DC) 11.76, 6. Byrd (McH) 11.78.

800 meters: 1. Baker (PR) 1:57.42, 2. Jensen (PR) 1:57.72, 3. Conroy (Hunt) 1:59.55, 4. Caesar (CG) 1:59.82, 5. Hamill (CLC) 2:02.62, 6. Searles (DC) 2:03.06.

4x200 relay: 1. Dundee-Crown (Becker, Fed, A. Miller, J. Miller) 1:28.88 (meet record); 2. Huntley 1:30.09, 3. Jacobs 1:31.14, 4. CL South 1:31.42, 5. Hampshire 1:34.61, 6. CL Central 1:34.84.

400 meters: 1. Reedy (Hamp) 50.57, 2. Varvara (Hamp) 51.00, 3. Peters (CG) 51.49, 4. Gronewold (Hunt) 52.22, 5. Simek (Hunt) 52.43, 6. Thomas (McH) 53.12.

300 int. hurdles: 1. Lewis (CG) 39.16, 2. Subaric (Jac) 39.67, 3. Eschweiler (PR) 41.84, 4. Lucas (McH) 42.71, 5. Parish (McH 43.21, 6. Kyle Adams (Hunt) 43.32.

1,600 meters: 1. Geisler (Hunt) 4:24.07, 2. Roe (Hunt) 4:25.90, 3. Smalley (CLC) 4:25.95, 4. Lemke (Jac) 4:30.23, 5. May (CLC) 4:34.99, 6. Warren (CG) 4:36.02.

200 meters: 1. J. Miller (DC) 22.32, 2. Kerber (Hunt) 22.33, 3. Passarelli (Hunt) 22.53, 4. Borgert (CLS) 22.91, 5. A. Miller (DC) 23.00, 6. Langguth (CLS) 23.41.

4x400 relay: 1. Hampshire (Louis, Morales, Varvara, Reedy) 3:28.74, 2. Prairie Ridge 3:30.25, 3. Cary-Grove 3:30.62, 4. Huntley 3:31.36, 5. Jacobs 3:32.91, 6. CL Central 3:36.64.

Shot put: 1 Pitrone (Hunt) 54-3.5, 2. Petko (CG) 53-2.5, 3. Walker (Hunt) 47-10, 4. Munn (CLC) 46-7, 5. Weisenberger (McH) 45-8, 6. Adams (DC) 44-6.

Discus: 1. Petko (CG) 168-4, 2. Munn (CLC) 153-1, 3. Valle (McH) 140-10, 4. Stordahl (CG) 133-9, 5. Boado (DC) 129-11, 6. Wisler (CLS) 125-5.

High jump: 1. Maye (McH) 6-1, 2. Guyer (Hunt) 6-1, 3. Michalski (DC) 6-1, 4. Borchert (CLC) 5-11, 5. Maher (McH) 5-9, 6. Fist (PR) 5-9.

Long jump: 1. Fed (DC) 21-4.5, 2. Fitzgerald (Hunt) 21-4.5, 3. Reall (CLS) 21-0.25, 4. Mobeck (Jac) 20-7.5, 5. Frank (Jac) 20-6, 6. Higgins (Hamp) 19-7.5.

Triple jump: 1. Reall (CLSO) 43-11, 2. Guyer (Hunt) 43-2.5, 3. Michalski (DC) 42-2.5, 4. Fitzgerald (Hunt) 42-2, 5. Gleason (CG) 41-10.5, 6. Fryer (PR) 41-9.5.

Pole vault: 1. Benner (Hunt) 13-0, 2 (tie). Alpert (Hunt), Ulrich (CLC) 11-8, 4. Waz (DC) 11-2, 5. Mays (DC) 10-8, 6. Powell (PR) 10-8.

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