Dylan Jacobs Leads Boys Footlocker Nationals Mountain Top Charge


Senior Dylan Jacobs of Sandburg was fortunate to be able to compete in the post-season to begin with.  After contracting a nasty viral infection just before the state championship which rendered Jacobs to his worst performance since his sophomore year. He was clearly better than the 6th place finish indicated, especially after being US#2 ranked coming in.

Jacobs' high school coach John O'Malley issued a bold proclaimation from afar at the NXN regional championship: "That's the last race Dylan is losing this year." The comment may have been a bit premature considerating the fact that Jacobs was still recovering from illness. The damaging effects of it lasted longer than anyone anticipated which almost took him out of the post-season. Somehow Jacobs was able to convince his coaches to allow him to compete at the last minute.

Even after placing 13th at NXN there was still a positive vibe in Jacob's camp. In interviews he did not wave the white flag. The goal for Saturday as it had been at the beginning of the season: WIN! Unfortunately the Jacobs bandwagon was considerably light, barely anyone predicting even a top five finish for him. Milesplit Illinois' top 5 pre-meet pics: Danny Kilrea, Kashon Harrison, Zach Kreft, John Tatter, Jacobs

PLACECORYBRYANTRENTTRAVIS
WinnerDanny KilreaDanny KilreaZach KreftTristan Shelgren
Runner-UpZach Kreft

Dalton Hengst

John TatterDanny Kilrea
No. 3Clayton Mendez

Joaquin Martinez De Pinillos

Clayton MendezZach Kreft
No. 4John TatterDylan JacobsDanny KilreaDrew Bosley
No. 5Kashon HarrisonZach Kreft
Joaquin Martinez De Pinillos


-The first mile opened in a modest 4:55 with Kashon Harrison of Arizona leading the charge. There was a tight following closely behind him.  Jacobs would take charge soon after and either hold the lead or challenge strongly for it. He and Kilrea fought around 2k and through the second mile in 9:48. However, by the 4k mark Jacobs began to feel confident in himself when Kilrea could not muster a jailbreak or a getaway. He sized up his future University of Notre Dame teammate and mounted a surge that Kilrea could not respond to. Jacobs dug deep inside the final mile to win comfortably in 15:19. 10th grader Graydon Morris of Aledo, TX was second in 15:23. Kilrea held on to take third with a time of 15:27. 

Jacobs is the second Sandburg boy to win a national title under O'Malley who coached 2009 and 2010 winner Lukas Verzbicas.

The Illinois gravy train continued as Chicago Whitney Young senior Clayton Mendez closed with a furious kick to place 9th in 15:45.

The "team scores" went as follow: 

  • Place
    Team
    Score
  • 1  1
    Midwest
    1-3-7-9-11-12-13
    31 

  • 2  1
    South
    2-4-5-6-15-16-19
    32 

  • 3 
    Northeast
    8-10-18-22-23-24-25
    81 

  • 4 
    West
    14-17-20-21-26-27-28
    98 



Dylan Jacobs breaks the tape amid of idol and former Sandburg great Lukas Verzbicas who has two FL titles (Ben Crawford photo)

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PLACE NAME                YR HOMETOWN               FINISH   PACE   0.5 MILE   1 MILE   1.5 MILE   2 MILE   2.5 MILE   3 MILE
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    1 Dylan Jacobs        12 Orland Park IL         15:19.7  4:56     2:26      4:57      7:16      9:49     12:20     14:48     
    2 Graydon Morris      10 Aledo TX               15:23.3  4:58     2:26      4:57      7:19      9:57     12:28     14:56     
    3 Daniel Kilrea       12 La Grange Park IL      15:27.3  4:59     2:26      4:57      7:18      9:49     12:22     14:56     
    4 John Tatter         12 Winston-Salem NC       15:27.9  4:59     2:26      4:58      7:20      9:57     12:27     14:58     
    5 Jake Renfree        11 Knoxville TN           15:38.7  5:03     2:27      4:59      7:27     10:07     12:42     15:10     
    6 Robert Carter Chees 11 Keller TX              15:41.1  5:03     2:26      4:58      7:22     10:02     12:40     15:12     
    7 Drew Bosley         11 Thiensville WI         15:41.9  5:04     2:26      4:58      7:23     10:06     12:39     15:14     
    8 Drew Thompson       12 Trumbull CT            15:43.7  5:04     2:26      4:58      7:26     10:07     12:42     15:13     
    9 Clayton Mendez      12 Chicago IL             15:45.0  5:05     2:27      4:58      7:26     10:08     12:43     15:15     
   10 Devin Hart          11 Point Pleasant NJ      15:45.9  5:05     2:26      4:57      7:23     10:06     12:41     15:13     
   11 Chad Johnson        12 Galion OH              15:46.6  5:05     2:27      4:59      7:29     10:08     12:43     15:19     
   12 Zachary Kreft       12 Sunbury OH             15:48.2  5:06     2:26      4:59      7:24     10:02     12:40     15:13     
   13 Harrison Scudamore  12 Denver CO              15:48.3  5:06     2:27      4:59      7:28     10:11     12:46     15:19     
   14 Kashon Harrison     11 Fruitland NM           15:50.9  5:07     2:26      4:56      7:17     10:00     12:40     15:17     
   15 Carter Coughlin     12 Knoxville TN           15:52.3  5:07     2:26      4:56      7:21     10:03     12:42     15:20     
   16 Michael Phillips    12 Tallahassee FL         15:52.3  5:07     2:26      4:57      7:18      9:56     12:40     15:22     
   17 Collin Ullrich      12 Galt CA                15:57.0  5:08     2:26      4:57      7:25     10:08     12:45     15:27     
   18 Fahd Nasser         12 Jersey City NJ         15:57.8  5:09     2:27      4:59      7:30     10:15     12:53     15:27     
   19 Matt Scrape         12 Pickerington OH        15:58.5  5:09     2:27      5:00      7:30     10:13     12:50     15:29     
   20 David Melville      12 Summerfield NC         15:59.2  5:09     2:25      4:58      7:30     10:16     12:55     15:29     
   21 Meikael Beaudoin-Ro 12 Sunnyvale CA           16:01.1  5:10     2:27      5:00      7:31     10:14     12:50     15:29     
   22 Darius Riley        12 Rancho Cucamonga CA    16:01.5  5:10     2:27      5:00      7:31     10:18     12:58     15:32     
   23 Rusty Kujdych       12 Feasterville PA        16:06.6  5:12     2:26      4:59      7:29     10:15     12:57     15:36     
   24 Dalton Hengst       12 York PA                16:08.0  5:12     2:26      4:57      7:16      9:59     12:42     15:33     
   25 Damien Dilcher      12 Brick NJ               16:10.9  5:13     2:26      4:57      7:23     10:07     12:51     15:37     
   26 Matthew Schadler    12 Chandler IN            16:14.3  5:14     2:26      5:03      7:34     10:20     13:01     15:41     
   27 Shuaib Aljabaly     12 Coldwater MI           16:15.2  5:14     2:26      4:58      7:26     10:16     13:01     15:45     
   28 Nathan Lawler       12 Pittsford NY           16:15.2  5:14     2:27      4:59      7:29     10:15     12:58     15:42     
   29 Joaquin Martinez de 12 San Diego CA           16:15.7  5:15     2:26      4:57      7:23     10:09     12:55     15:44     
   30 Roberto Porras      12 Draper UT              16:15.7  5:15     2:27      4:59      7:29     10:15     12:58     15:44     
   31 Bronson Winter      12 Farr West UT           16:23.7  5:17     2:27      4:58      7:28     10:15     12:58     15:50     
   32 Justin Hartshorn    12 Alpine UT              16:25.5  5:18     2:28      5:00      7:34     10:25     13:11     15:54     
   33 Kyle Harkabus       10 Senoia GA              16:27.4  5:18     2:27      5:00      7:34     10:26     13:12     15:57     
   34 Zachary Winter      12 Farr West UT           16:29.6  5:19     2:27      4:59      7:29     10:20     13:10     15:57     
   35 Titus Winders       12 Mansfield TN           16:36.1  5:21     2:26      4:59      7:33     10:25     13:12     16:05     
   36 Mason Gatewood      12 Garden City NY         16:37.9  5:22     2:26      4:58      7:29     10:26     13:19     16:08     
   37 Turlan Morlan       12 Spokane WA             16:38.8  5:22     2:28      5:01      7:39     10:29     13:13     16:04     
   38 Lucas Aramburu      11 Brookline MA           16:41.1  5:23     2:26      4:59      7:33     10:25     13:14     16:07     
   39 Tristan Shelgren    12 Boxford MA             16:55.6  5:27     2:25      4:56      7:26     10:25     13:19     16:20     
   40 Camren Fischer      11 Fayetteville AR        17:14.5  5:33     2:27      5:00      7:36     10:42     13:38     16:36     



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