DeLoye, Barrington quickly get back on track downstate
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CHARLESTON — The disappointment that Barrington junior Parker Deloye felt after the high jump went away — quickly.
All it took was two laps around the track by the members of the Broncos' 800-meter relay team, and all was well again with Deloye.
During the prelims session of the Class 3A boys track and field state championships at Eastern Illinois University and O'Brien Field, Deloye missed the cut in the high jump but bounced back with a robust leadoff leg on the Broncos 800 relay. JP Brooks, Brendan Melynchuk and Scotty Miller joined him in a school record 1:28.64 to earn a spot in Saturdays' finals as the third overall seed.
"This definitely makes up for earlier," Deloye said.
The relay was part of a fine afternoon for the Broncos.
The 3,200-relay team of Ryan Perkins, David Cerny, Adam Phillips, and Konrad Eiring won their heat and has the third-fastest time out of the prelims as they banged out an easy-looking 7:51.02.
"I just tried to stay on pace and stay relaxed because you never know who is coming up behind you," Eiring said. "We didn't know what we were getting into. We saw a lot of big names in the heat and we tried to focus on what we needed to do."
Miller became the Broncos' other individual qualifier as he broke off a 22.11 run in the 200 to finish seventh overall in his first state meet.
Keeping with tradition in the 3,200 relay, Hersey (7:54.95) and Palatine (7:55.63) each earned spots in the Class 3A finals while St. Viator may have started its own tradition by qualifying in the Class 2A finals.
The Lions' team of Tyler Sammons, Ryan Henry, Miles McConnell and Will Beiersdorf ran 8:18.93 and gobbled up the final qualifying spot. It marks the first time that Viator has had a relay team qualify for the finals in school history.
"The guys were kind of down after the race and they didn't feel like they had the best day," said St. Viator coach Rodero Warren. "Then one of our coaches came over and told them they got in, and the frowns turned to smiles quickly."
Another first on the track came for Maine West seniors Alex Gasca and Richard Leon. Gasca and Leon both qualified for the finals of the 800, marking the first time the Warriors have had a pair of individuals in the finals since 1977. Gasca finished second overall Friday in 1:53.73, setting a school record. Leon is the 12th qualifier at 1:56.92. Jack Hutchison of Conant will join Gasca and Leon in the finals after running 1:55.35.
"I've been doing double training to get ready for this day," Gasca said. "I have wanted to race down here and win for a long time, and I'm going to go all out tomorrow."
Prospect senior Dave Kendziera got his work done quickly Friday, winning each of his hurdles heats. The 110 high hurdles included a slight stumble at the end but produced a quick 14.25 clocking and the second overall seed. His 38.41 in the 300 hurdles is third fastest into the finals.
"I came out a little too slow to the first hurdle in the 300's and it threw off my steps," Kendziera said. "I wanted to get a better time to the finals and get a PR — but I get another chance to race again."
Palatine senior Cam Kuksa ran a personal best 14.57 to join Kendziera in the finals of the 110's while Fremd junior Joshua Yamamoto ran a personal best 39.78, earning the eighth spot and a finals berth in the 300's.
Joining Barrington in the finals of the 800 relay is the Schaumburg foursome of Stacey Smith, Jan Dimaano, Jarman McMillon and senior Juwaan Richard. The Saxons ran 1:29.43 to earn the seventh spot in the finals.
Smith earlier in the day took a spot in the finals of the triple jump leaping 44-8.
Elk Grove super-sophomore Paul Ifianayi earned his first state finals trip with an eighth-place finish in the prelims of the 400 (49.31).
Other individual competitors during Friday's prelims included Matt Konopka, Pawel Klimek, Kevin Winberg, Tom Mayer, Harry Winter and a trio of relay teams from Fremd; Tim Leuver of Rolling Meadows; Ed Beyer of Hersey; Christian Zambrano, Adam Poklop, and Graham Brown of Palatine; Joe Sulentic and Scott Eilrich of Conant; Quentin Shaffer, Pat Costello and the 3,200 relay team from Prospect; Nick Bernardo of Buffalo Grove; and Shandall Thomas of Schaumburg.
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