St. Rita HS Open Kicks Off Action In The City Of Chicago

The boys fast seeded section 400m featured several of the city's top long sprinters


St. Rita HS; Chicago

The track and field season kicked off with action officially more than a week ago and although some minor action took place, nothing is going to attract the attention that St. Rita High School on the southside is expected to provide this season. The opening meet at the football-crazy institution held its first meet in several years.

Here is a sampling of what happened: 

Elia Ton-That (Northside Prep) opened with a solid effort in the 3200m running a state-best 11:02.51. Ton-That had little resistance as she improved her outdoor personal best by over 45 seconds.

Indoor starlet Sydney Weaver (Kenwood) made her first appearance this season and produced two wins. The first was a cautious return back in the triple jump as she laid a PB 35-6.5. Later it was the favored 100m and the result was just as fun, easily rolling to an IL#2 12.53.

It was a surprise victory for Westinghouse College Prep freshman Lamonyca Bryant in the 400m. Seeded in one of the slowest sections, she blazed the field which stood over six sections with a time of 1:01.74.

Known more for her triple jump status, Jordan Marshall of South Shore International took a break in her favorite event to show off in the 100H. It was easy money as she won in a PB 15.55.

Juan Manaog (Lane Tech) wanted to prove that his fine indoor season was not a fluke. He and teammate Jaylin Jones locked horns in the 400m. After virtually running together through the first 200, Manaog shifted gears with 100 to go and prevailed 50.76-51.48.