The Five Boys Storylines To Watch For at DNIP 2022

Championship 800m-

It's Daniel Watcke and the rest of the field. The nationally heralded Hinsdale Central junior is heads and shoulders above a field that is solid. Watcke has not tried to race the clock in the past, relying on his excellent closing speed (48.89 400m) to run some brilliant performances. During the indoor season, he clocked 1:19 for 600m which meant he went out faster than he normally does. If he wants to challenge his record and possibly get near the 1:50 mark, it will be Dan vs. the machine.

Not to dismiss anyone else in the field, Ryan Schreiner (Sr., Wheaton North), Brian Hiltebrand (Sr., Glenbrook South), and Brett Wasick (Sr., Bolingbrook) will challenge for second. If they play their cards correctly, they all could be under 1:55.

The rest of the best is filled with guys who have run 1:56-1:57, some are good 4x800 guys presented with an opportunity to run a race of a lifetime. There are a few emerging performers that if given an opportunity should strike gold.