Boys junior editor Carson Vittorio breaks down the exciting and super hyped DGS Relays
4x800: Lane Tech's Jack Burns (Sr.) got the jump on the field with an opening leg under 2:00 followed by Batavia and Minooka. As the race progressed during the second half, Minooka senior Jason Hoffman pulled his team away on the third leg which led to a big victory and new #1 time in the state 7:51.68. Not only was the mark is a new school record for the Indians, but was the second-fastest time in meet history and sits as the fifth-best time in the country. As a consolation prize, Batavia ran IL#2/US#7 7:54.53. Eight of the top ten times in the state came from Monday night.
4x200: It was a minimal evening of crashes and mishaps for an event that is often criticized and joked upon here. The result was five top ten placements which included Lockport over taking Downers South penultimate time of 1:32.16. The Porters fought with St. Charles North to the end but won section six in an IL #2 1:31.59.
4x400: The excitement of the day came here with the "Showstopping" section six which featured all six teams capable of going under 3:30 and repopulating the leaderboards. Plainfield South junior Niko Schultz took charge with a great opening split under 51-seconds. Later, it was Minooka, Plainfield East, and Lane Tech getting into the action. Lane's Nathan Polizzi pulled away from Hoffman to secure the win in 3:25.62. Seven of the top ten teams in the state ran here.
4x800: Defending champion Downers Grove South had a tall hill to climb this time around. It took nearly three legs for the Mustangs to reel in Lyons Township, Prospect, and Hinsdale Central. The end result on the strength of senior Erin Reidy's strong carry was a state-leading 9:23.91. Lyons- 9:28.64, Prospect- 9:34.00, Hinsdale Central- 9:37.30 were all under the previous state's best time. In all, there were eight new editions inside of the top ten.
4x200: This event was a bit down coming in but some excitement made things digestible. Things got serious in the final section (#6) as anchor Sydney Robinson of Whitney Young weaved all the way around traffic in lanes four and five on the backstretch to create some space. She sped home ahead of Plainfield North 1:45.91-1:46.18.
4x400: Just as last year, Prospect made the faster section teams gun for them. It was out of section #4 that the Knights ran 4:07.24. Finally, in the final #6 Whitney Young took charge over the second half and won going away in IL#2 4:04.78.