Evan Randomski and Whitney Young got the job done in the 4x8
Chicago Whitney Young 7:58.43, Downers Grove North 7:59.39, Lyons 8:02.43
-Whitney Young came in as the favorite and departed as the favorite. It was not a cake walk in the park for the Dolphins though. A slow start by all including leadoff leg Anthony Tuman negated any chance of an Illinois team to possibly run 7:50. In fact, the first transitions hit around 2:00. Whitney's second leg sophomore Sam Rivera traded blows with Downers North, Lyons and a few other but ultimately it was a good feeling by the time junior Clayton Mendez got the stick. Mendez quickly asserted himself and motored away from his competition and opened a huge gap burning the opening 400 in 55 seconds. He continued to pour it on and finished things with a fast 1:55.8 leg. His team anchor man Evan Radomski went out very fast and held on by the slimmest of margins over DGN with a 2:02 tote.
Lyons Twp 1:31.53, Batavia 1:31.73, Glenbard West 1:32.89
-A bevy of 1:33s threatened the state lead as each section got near championship version. Lyons fought hard against all in its heat but the Lions roar was too much for Batavia in the end. Lyons grabbed the state's top spot and a school record in the process. There of course was some drama in the races. In one race there was Metea Valley tangled with Naperville Central near the finish and both anchors crashed to the track in a memorable scene.
Neuqua Valley 3:26.04, Lyons Twp 3:26.08, Downers North 3:26.40
-7 schools broke 3:30 and for a short time Plainfield South had the state lead 3:28.19 from the penultimate section. It was finally the last race of the day. Downers North strolled out to a comfy lead to only get run down in the closing moments. Neuqua Valley and Lyons mired themselves in a photo finish look. The top four teams in the final section are now rated 1-4.