By Marty Farmer
Chris Magno and David Keen are proven performers on the Riverside-Brookfield High School track and field team. The Bulldogs' senior leaders both ran well at the Homewood-Flossmoor Invite on Saturday, April 11.
Magno recorded a time of 2 minutes, 6.65 seconds to place third in the 800-meter race. Keen took sixth in the 1,600, recording a time of 4:46.01.
The Bulldogs finished 14th out of 20 teams.
"We were one of the smaller [Class] 3A teams represented at the meet competing against some of the top athletes and schools in the state," coach Dave Weishaar said. "The team was able to capture some great times and distances throughout the day."
In the field events, Angel Hernandez earned fifth in shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 4.25 inches in his first invitational. Reggie Loury, also a notable basketball player at RBHS, fared well in long jump (season-best 21-2) and high jump (5-6) taking sixth and 10th, respectively, while Santana Diaz cleared 9-2 in pole vault for ninth.
In three of four relay races, RBHS recorded a top 10 result, highlighted by the 1,600 relay of Sean Guirola, Josh Ranft, Loury and Magno, which took seventh with a time of 3:46.34.
According to Weishaar, Corey Dishmon (110, 300 hurdles), Patrick Lewis (100, 200 dash), Charles Terry (long, triple, high jumps), along with relay contributors in sophomore Josh Warren and junior Ethen Holmes, are other athletes to watch as the season moves along.
"As we work into April and get into the heart of our outdoor meets, the season has been a success," Weishaar added. "The team's end goal is to stay healthy and compete well at the Metro Suburban Conference meet in May. Hopefully, we will walk away with our seventh consecutive conference title. We also plan to run hard at our sectional meet at LT and qualify athletes to the state meet in Charleston."
The Bulldogs head north this weekend to compete in the Lake Forest Invite on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m.
Janney leads girls at Lemont
Senior Tara Janney recorded a winning time of 12:23.46 in the 3,200 at the Lemont Invite. Janney, a previous state qualifier in the event, has been a top contributor in both track and cross country the past several years for the Bulldogs.
Samantha Perez also fared well the 3,200, placing seventh with a time of 14:25.11. Senior Syliva Harvin recorded a personal-best time of 1:04.24 to notch seventh in the 400. In the 100 hurdles, junior Selena Axinte came in 10th at 21.52.
"Our team performed very well at Lemont," coach Ian Robins said. "Although the meet was shortened due to weather, we put up several season- and personal-best results at the meet with some great competition."
Jebb Sophie (800-meter; 3:09.54/14th place), Riley Gagne (400; 1:10.07/15th), Jiselle Fuentes (100; 14.58/17th) and Lindsey Dejesus (800; 3:14.09/18th) represented the Bulldogs' other top 20 results.
The 3,200 relay team claimed fifth with a time of 11:56.73, while the 400 and 800 relay squads both earned 11th.
In the field events, sophomore Brenna Loftus was second in triple jump (31-6) and third in long jump (15-0).
"Brenna is a jumper and sprinter who has medaled at several meets in the triple and long jump the past two years," Robins said. "She's also a standout basketball player."
Harvin had a high jump of 4-8 for sixth place, while Anysiah Taylor came in eighth at 4-4. Senior Olivia Beener, who medaled at sectionals in 2018, threw the discus 78-10 to earn seventh and Kiki Keen's throw was measured at 62-0 for 12th.
Senior Nadia Kaczmarz has also contributed this season as the Bulldogs' top mile runner. Currently out with an injury, freshman pole vaulter Remy Hilpp has been a valuable addition to the varsity this spring.
"Our biggest program goal this year is for every single member of the team to achieve personal-best marks in any of their events," Robins said. "At this point of the season, we have seen all of our team members put up better times and distances every time they compete. We have been able to achieve an incredible number of personal best times and have been able to improve every day."
RBHS visits Sandburg in a nonconference dual meet on Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m.