Niles West Sectional: Prospect Return To Its Former Self

Prospect gets the job done in the 4x800 and will be off to the state championship

Skokie IL-

The not-so-promising weather didn't stop athletes from giving it their all at the Niles West Sectional. Overall, Prospect won the meet with 103.5 points. They won in the 4x8, 4x1, 4x2, LJ, PV, & 200M. John Moellenkamp (Jr., Prospect) won in LJ, 200, 4x100, and 4x200. Talk about a diverse team!

Relays Set The Track On Fire - Kicking off with the 4x800m relay, Prospect (Logan Mertes, Jordan Murrow, Jack Dechoudens, and Erik Snell) won with a 7:57.55. Prospect (Will Horvath, Tim Zalinski, Michael Shafis, and John Moellenkamp) again won the 4x100m relay and broke their school record with a 42.38. The same relay team went on to also win the 4x200m relay. Later on, Maine East (Schneider Chery, Oneil Issac, Josue Parra, and Tuwayne Gunn) successfully finished first with a 3:21.80 4x400m relay.

Field Events - Moellenkamp (Jr., Prospect) won long jump with a 21-04.50, followed by Ben Triffo (Jr., Maine South) with a 21-02.00. For high jump, Brian Brown (Sr., Maine South) won with a mark of 6-05.00, followed by a tie between Michael Zimmerman (Sr., Glenbrook South) and Kieran Thompson (Jr., Loyola Academy) for second with marks of 6-03.00. For triple jump, Jamaal Perrin (Sr., Evanston) placed first with a mark of 44-02.00 and Andrew Diversey (Jr., Prospect) placed second with a mark of 43-02.00. Diversity also won pole vault with a mark of 14-01.00, and Ben Kirsch (Sr., Highland Park) and Brandon Ng (Sr., Glenbrook North) tied with marks of 13-08.00. Sam Liokumovich (Sr., Deerfield) won shot put with a mark of 58-07.00 and Henry Boudreau (Sr., Deerfield) won discus throw with a mark of 175-01.00. Deerfield's shotput and discus throw program never fails to impress us.

Sprints Surprised Many- Kalil Johnson (So., Evanston) won both 110m high hurdles (14.90) and 300m intermediate hurdles (40.19) with the mindset of winning. Sacrad Michelin (Jr., Evanston) won the 100m (10.97) with Charlie Smith (Sr., Maine South) finishing 10.98, .01 second behind Michelin. For the 400m, Jack Loveland (Sr., Loyola Academy) won with a 49.30. Loveland acknowledged the pressure to go faster against competitors like Tuwayne Gunn (Jr., Maine East) who finished second with a 49.59. For the 200m, Moellenkamp (Jr., Prospect) and Charley Smith (Sr., Maine South) finished head to head with Moellenkamp winning with a 22.43 and Smith placing second with a 22.44.

Distance Was The Star Of The Show- For the 1600m, Ben Rosa (Jr., Lake Forest) finished first with a 4:23.43. His teammates were very excited to see him finish first and are excited to see what he has to offer at the state meet. "Ben Rosa's a grinder. He works hard and it's exciting to see all his hard work pay off." told one of Rosa's teammates while talking to MileSplit Illinois interns. Josh Methner (Jr., Hersey) and Tommy Brady competed for first place for the 3200m. Methner won with a 9:17.70 and Brady finished behind him with a 9:17.78. Spencer Werner (Fr., Loyola Academy), #2 holder for freshman boys in the country, finished third with a time of 9:18.74.