Great finish for 400 runner-up Hertz
May 30, 2015 10:02 PM -
It was hard for Lakes senior Corey Hertz to be too upset with his performance in the finals of the 400-meter dash in the boys track and field state championships at O'Brien Field on the Eastern Illinois University campus Saturday. Racing against one of the top 400-meter runners in the country and the defending state champion, Kahmari Montgomery of Plainfield Central, Hertz knew the challenge was great. As the race developed, Hertz jumped out to a healthy lead. Even as the runners headed into the final stretch, Hertz and the Missouri-bound Montgomery were step-for-step. Then, all in one moment, Montgomery went from close to out of reach as he crossed the line in 46.24, shattering a 30-year-old state record. The Northern Iowa-bound Hertz broke his own school record, finishing second in 47.53 – a time that would normally win the event. "I was pretty happy with my race," Hertz said. "I was even with (Montgomery) through most of the race -- then with 100 or so meters to go, he took off. The good news is he pulled me to a PR, so I can't be disappointed with that."