IL Distance Runners Sparkle At Music City Track Carnival

Chicago Lane standouts Hunter Whitney and Jack Klein were among the standouts in Nashville


-Lost in the sauce recently because of the outstanding efforts at the Magis Miles were a slew of notable performances at the Music City Track Carnival in Nashville, Tennessee. Hunter Whitney (Jr., Lane Tech), Jack Klein (Sr., Lane Tech), Akili Parekh (Jr., Chicago Latin), Caleb Levy (Jr., Warren), and Kieran Subra (Sr., Chicago Lycee Francais) competed in the two-day event.

The Miami-Ohio University bound Klein has matured and pecked away at becoming one of the state's top middle-distance runners from a year ago. The all-stater (3A 4x800 relay) went from 2:04.78 to 1:54.87 in the 800m. The latter performance was a huge breakthrough for Klein who took second in his section and 11th overall. On Sunday, Klein returned to compete in the open mile and won "C" section with another PB 4:19.43. 

Levy has enjoyed a tremendous season for the Blue Devils, taking third in the 3A state championship a few weeks ago. Levy was close to his lifetime best 1:54.37 after taking ninth in the fast first section 1:54.49.

In the Puma boys 3200, it was an opportunity for Whitney, Parekh, and Subra to run one last fast long race. Whitney ran a lifetime best 9:07.07 (IL#7/5th overall) using a string of 67-second circuits which took him through the first mile in 4:30.97. A strong closing final mile just under 4:37. National elite performer Jacob Rainey of North Carolina was the winner in 9:01.22. Subra closed out a strong last lap and just missed his all-time best but still solid 9:17.55 to take 9th. Akili was not entirely pleased with his state performance a week prior, but bounced back and dropped a personal best 9:18.99. It was also his fastest time since running 9:21.77 at the Arcadia Invitational in early April.