McCloyn, Huntley excel at Stevenson
A typical track meet for Huntley junior Tim McCloyn is anything but typical, at least for your typical throwers.
As you might expect, his meet includes the shot put and discus. But it could also include a running event or two, or even a couple of leaps in the long jump.
After his performance at the 44th Stevenson Patriot Relays, McCloyn may not be allowed to leave the throwing events again.
Following two attempts in the discus that ended in a foul, McCloyn launched himself into the Red Raiders record books. His toss of 171 feet moved him into second place all-time at Huntley, behind only 2010 state champion Marcus Popenfoose.
"I'm very excited but I also feel like I have much more potential in me to throw further," McCloyn said. "After my first two throws I relaxed, let it fly and it went 171."
In the meet's relay format, McCloyn, DePaul-bound senior Isaac Jimenez, and Chase Burkart set a record with a combined toss of 461-4.
That was just one small piece of a big night for the Red Raiders. Huntley captured the team title with 104 points. Barrington ran second (89) followed by Grant (80) and Cary Grove (70).
"It's fun to come here -- it's different," Huntley coach Jim Rolando said. "You don't have to worry about the individual stuff. You just run relays so you can do different things."
Another record for the Red Raiders came in the 800 relay, as Connor Boos, Brandon O'Donnell, Aasem Awwad and Jeremie Allen ran 1:28.7.
The Red Raiders also captured the shot put relay and finished the meet in style by taking the 1,600 relay in 3:23.5. The team of Trevor Delaquilla, O'Donnell, Boos, and Keagan Smith out-dueled a terrific field and a hard charge from Barrington senior Konrad Eiring.
The Broncos, who ran minus senior Scotty Miller due to a family commitment, still managed to run second in the team standings. Barrington took the top spot in the high jump relay led by Matt Haller, Daniel Stermer and Harrison Arledge.
A major highlight for the Broncos came in the 3,200 relay, as the foursome of Eiring, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Gensberg and Nash Pirie ran a meet record time of 7:55.2 -- the third-fastest time in the state so far this spring.
"This was nice to do tonight, but we need to do this again when it counts at state," Eiring said.
Grant is starting to get healthy and the Bulldogs showed well Thursday night, particularly in the hurdles relays. The 440 intermediate relay team of Chris Hatton, Xavier Brandon, Timmy Brundidge, and Josh Polark tied the meet record by running 1:03.7.
Grant also took top honors in the 440 high hurdles relay, with the same foursome running 1:06.5. The Bulldogs took home top honors in the 400 relay, edging out Huntley to win in 43.1 with Octavian Wells, Jeremy Bredwood, Kemar Miller and Brundidge.
The first win of the afternoon for the Bulldogs came in the long jump relay where Miller, Tyler Schaefer, and Ayitey Aryee earned the win with a combined leap of 56-9.
Other top performances included an impressive win the 1,600 meter run from Sammy Oh, a Stevenson senior. Oh, who raced at the prestigious Arcadia Invite in California over the weekend, won the event in 4:22.7.
Despite not winning the relay events, Cary-Grove senior Ricky Hurley had the best overall performances in the throwing events. Hurley tossed the disc 172-1 as his relay group finished second. In the shot put, Hurley's put was nearly 7 feet better than the next closest competitor with a toss of 57-1.