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Local Sports

Area athletes keep putting up great numbers

When you look at the updated Illinois boys track and field times and distances, there aren't very many top-five results that were established at a triangular or quadrangular meet.

But Lincoln-Way East's Brett Gardner pulled off that unusual feat by moving into third-place in the rankings in the 1,600 with a 4:18.75 mark at Tuesday's conference triangular meet on his home track. That followed up on his state-best time of 9:07.76 in the 3,200 at last week's Arcadia Invitational in California.

Also in the 1,600, Lincoln-Way Central's Jared Kreis posted the state's eighth-best time at 4:22.47 by winning the title at Minooka's SmithStrong invitational.

Plainfield North's Marcellus Moore continues to lead Illinois sprinters in the both the 100 (:10.36) and the 200 (:20.89) that he set last weekend at the Belleville West Invite. He leads in the state standings by :0.35 over Collinsville's Jermarrion Stewart in the 200 and by :0.09 over Wheaton Warrenville South's Cedric Rowzee in the 100.

Romeoville's Amiri Buchanan now ranks third in the shot put (60-8) and third in the discus (180-2) following his two titles at Naperville North's Scott Invite.

Also in the 1,600, Lincoln-Way Central's Jared Kreis posted the state's eighth-best time at 4:22.47 by winning the title at Minooka's SmithStrong invitational.

For Minooka, Jason Hoffman ranks fifth in the 800 with a time of 1:57.73 and DaVonte Welcher is ninth in the long jump at 22-5.

Providence Catholic's Jake Renfro (55-11) moved up to fifth place in the shot put in a mid-week meet at Morris. Others in the top 20 in the discus are Lincoln-Way East's John Kruzel (163-10, tenth) and Tyler Marchert (160-7, 12th).

Plainfield South's Myles Lincoln is ranked ninth in the triple jump (45-4, ninth) at the SmithStrong Invite and he also made the list in the long jump (22-0, tie 14th).

Other top local athletes ranked in the triple jump are Lincoln-Way East's Fard Farrakhan (46-5.5, fourth) at the Ottawa Invite this past weekend and Romeoville's Enoch Antwi (45-11.5, sixth) at the Naperville North Invite. And Lemont's David Lehenbauer is tied for eighth in the high jump (6-4).

The area has two individuals in the top-10 in the 110 hurdles, Lockport's Ray Holland (:14.63, eighth), who did so in a home triangular, and Plainfield North's Kyle Burke (:14.62, tenth). Also in the top-20 in the 110 hurdles is Lockport's Aaron Kiela (:15.18, tie 20th) and in the 300 hurdles is Lockport's Gabe Czako (:40.3, 15th).

Others in the top-20 in the 100 are Joliet West's Nasir Lacey (:10.92, 12th) and Bolingbrook's Jaquan Howard (:10.95, tie 13th) while the area's top time in the 400 is owned by Lockport's Michael Walkosz (:50.68, tie 16th).

Three area schools are in the top-20 in the 4 x 200 relay, Plainfield East (1:30.39, sixth), Lockport (1:30.84, 13th) and Joliet West (1:31.2, 17th) while Plainfield North (:42.69, sixth) and Joliet West (:43.36, tie 19th) have the top times in the 4 x 100 relay.

There are also two teams that are in the top-20 in the 4 x 400 relay, Lockport (3:27.32, seventh) and Minooka (3:30.66, 17th). And Plainfield South (8:13.17, tenth) and Minooka (8:20.47, 20th) both have the top-20 times in the 4 x 800 relay.

GIRLS TOP PERFORMERS

Plainfield South's Miranda Cadwell moved into second place in the shot put (44-5) following a winning effort at this past weekend's Oswego East Invite, which was the best effort by a large-school area athlete since 1983. And earlier in the week, she went 137-9 in the discus in a quad meet at Oswego East that would also rank her second in that event.

Providence's Sam Spencer maintained her advantage over all Illinois pole vault competitors by nine inches after going 12-9 to win the title at this past weekend's Oswego East Invite. She also is tied for 20th in the 100 (:12.55).

Lincoln-Way East's Taylor Wright ranks seventh in the long jump (18-2) and has the ninth-best time in the 200 (:25.61) while Katie Sciarini is fifth in the 300 hurdles (:45.77) and tied for 13th in the 100 hurdles (:15.41). Another Griffin who's ranked high is Emma Barnard, who's tied for fifth in the pole vault (11-6).

Bolingbrook's Kayla Walters is tied for fourth in the 100 hurdles (:14.8) in the Oswego East Invite and is eighth in the long jump (18-1) in a conference triangular. Leading the way in the 3,200 is Plainfield North's Juliana Stogsdill (11:14.62, 16th) at the Barrington Invite. Lincoln-Way Central's Jessie LiVigni is ranked ranked in the long jump (17-6, tied 17th) and Lemont's Morgan Wrublik is 20th in shot put (40-0) in her own invite.

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