Throwback Thursday: York Dominates 2015 Wanner Invite 4x800

This race opened the flood gates to the deepest and most popular event on the boy's event card: YORK- IL#1/US#6 7:45.60; Prospect- IL#2/US#8 7:48.94; Hersey- IL#5/US#33 7:55.18; Lane Tech- IL#8/US#67 7:58.41; Whitney Young- IL#9 US#68 7:58.58


The 4x800 was billed as the opening act rather than the main bill this year mainly because a few teams entries were uncertain. For example, traditional power Lyons Twp. did not load their "A" squad. Prospect had been ordinary, Lane Tech had a few question marks and York has been off the radar for several years. The Dukes would change all of that in a hurry with the emergence of super freshman Charlie Kern Jr. and Matt Plowman. Kern led off with a strong 1:55.4 leg that overcame Prospect and Whitney Young just short of the first exchange. Max Denning kept the heat on Prospect like a second leg is supposed to and the result was a recipe for success. Nathan Dale's only job was to bridge himself to anchor and leader Plowman. He pulled away from Prospect late on the second lap and it was all over for the host Knights. Plowman took matters in his own hands with a strong opening 300m but putting things on cruise control and the competition on ice.

The final time was a new state best 7:45.60 and US#6 clocking. The splits: 1:55.4, 1:57.6, 1:57.2, 1:55.2.... Prospect ran one of their best efforts in several years with a fleeting 7:48.94 (IL#2/US#8). Hersey ran a season-best 7:55.18. Lane Tech checked in the 4th position on the strength of Pavlo Hutsalyuk's 1:54.3 leg to catch Whitney Young 7:58.41-7:58.58.
1York High School7:45.602
2Prospect High School7:48.942
3Hersey High School7:55.182
4Lane Tech High School7:58.412
5Whitney Young High School7:58.582
6Hononegah High School8:09.782
7Lyons Township High School8:13.212
8Naperville Central High School8:32.352
9Springfield High School8:42.821
10Downers Grove South High School8:45.541
11Zion Benton High School8:45.871
12Lakes High School8:47.701
13Libertyville High School8:55.182
14Wheeling High School9:00.391
15Maine East High School9:01.261
16Maine West High School9:04.541