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Grayslake North's Booker streaks past FVC field

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By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent

If you blinked you missed Grayslake North standout sprinter Titus Booker.

Booker sprinted past the field at Friday night's Fox Valley Conference meet held at Crystal Lake Central, winning the 100 meters in 11.06 and the 200 in a clocking of 22.20.

"I just ran with my heart tonight and it worked out very well," said the talented Knights junior. "I knew it would be good competition tonight so I trained hard. I feel very confident going into the sectionals next week."

McHenry, led by junior distance standout Jesse Reiser, claimed the conference championship with a score of 103.50.

Reiser won the 3,200 in 9:02.41 and the 1,600 in a time of 4:18.84.

Huntley was second with a score of 89 points. The Red Raiders' lone first place effort came from Brennan Bell, who won the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.05.

"I started fast and was very focused," said Bell. "It was a tough race against great competition."

Grayslake Central was third with 82 points. The Rams' first place finishes came from DeMarcus Quick, who won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 inches and the triple jump with a jump of 43-0.

Cary-Grove, with 4 first-place individual medals, was a solid fourth with a score of 78. Ricky Hurley led the way with a double win in the discus (53-9½) and the shot put (176-5).

Brad Wolter bested Grayslake North's Alex Shulga at the finish line to win the 400 in a time of 49.53 for the Trojans. Shulga was the runner-up with a time of 50.02.

"My plan was to win the race at the end," said Wolter. "(Shulga) is very good and I knew I had to go hard the whole race."

Michael Saxon, who was second behind Bell in the 110 hurdles, won the 300 hurdles in 40.14.

The Trojans ended the night's festivities with a first place effort in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:25.71. The quartet for the Trojans included Saxon, Wolter, Joey Klawitter and Daniel Speer.

Jacobs was sixth with 54 points. Josh Walker (100) and Jon Godinez (800) were third while the Golden Eagles' 400 and 800 relays were third.

Dundee-Crown was victorious in the 400 relay (Malik Dunner, TJ Moss, Sam Franckowiak, Austin White) with a time of 43.39 and the Chargers won the 800 relay with the same foursome in a time of 1:30.01.

Grayslake North was eighth with a score of 52 points.

Crystal Lake South received a first place effort by Brandon Dahl who won the pole vault with a jump of 13-9 and the Gators. with Drew Koppman, Kyle Radosevich, Jon Prus and Dave Lenzini, won the 3,200 relay in 7:54.47.

Hampshire, with a third-place finish by Douglas Stuehler in the long jump was 12th with a score of 22.50.

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