Huntley Track Varsity Invite


Provided by Paul Kerber

By Owen Zimmerman, Staff writer

The Huntley Boys and Girls Track Teams both ran well against some of the best competition in the state Friday night, as the Boys placed 3rd with 85 points and the Girls 4th with 73 in their respective meets.

The Raiders saw great success in the 100 Meter Dash, senior Paul Kerber continued his dominant season by placing first with an 11 second flat time. Kerber’s fellow senior Eddie Wall was also performing well in the 100, keeping first place until he was slowed by a hamstring injury. The Raiders girls also snagged the first-place finish in the 100, as dominant sophomore Alex Johnson ran nearly two-tenths of a second faster than second place, finishing with a 12.31 time. Huntley freshman Victoria Evtimov placed 7th overall, running a 13.05.

Filling in for the injured Eddie Wall in the 200 Meter Dash, junior Bryce Davis performed well, placing 3rd with a 23.73 time. Alex Johnson continued her dominance, placing 2nd in the 200 with a 26.70 time.

It has been a resurgent year for the Huntley 400 Meter team, and that trend continued on Friday night. Evan Gronewald continued to add to the legend of his junior season, placing first by nearly 2 seconds, running a 50.71 time. The sophomore Luke Martell placed 8th with a 55.61 time. Jessie Ozzauto ran well for the Girls’ team, placing 4th with a 1:00.81 time, Lenna Birns finishing with a 1:08.82.

The 800 Meter saw decent results for both Huntley teams, junior Genevieve Collatz continued her consistent career, running a season record of 2:34.08. Senior Owen Cravens placed 8th overall, running a personal record of 2:10.89, he was followed by sophomore Hudson Fisher who ran a 2:29.71.

The results of the 1600 Meter were also impressive. Sophomore Brittney Burak placed 9th with a 5:32.96 time, she was followed by fellow sophomore Molly Allen who ran a 5:42.66. Junior Charlie Kunz ran well for the boy’s team, placing 11th with a 4:51.26 time. He was closely followed by the talented freshman Luke Grubbs, who ran a 4:52.52 time.

Huntley Distance continued their night in the 3200 Meter, sophomore Molly Allen placed 4th and ran an 11:50.50 time. Junior Delaney Cairns came in 15th with a 13:59.36 time. On the boys side junior Chase Porsche ran a competitive race, placing 7th overall with a 10:30.65 time, sophomore Tyler Rassmussen followed him up with a 9th place finish and a 10:40.83 time.

In the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles sophomore Jayden Bell followed up his athlete of the meet performance with a 5th place finish and 17.60 time, freshman Logan Borzych placed 10th and ran a 19.48. The Girls performed well in the 100 Meter Hurdles, as freshman Taylor Casey ran a 17.76 and placed 4th, freshman Sophie Amin ran a 19.90 and placed 11th. Jayden Bell and Logan Borzych also ran in the 300 Meter Hurdles, Bell placed 11th and ran a 47.50 time, Borzych placed 13th and ran a 50.32. Skylar Hermann placed 8th in the 300 Meter Hurdles for the Girls, running a 56.74 time. Taylor Casey placed 10th with a 57.02 time.

Huntley saw an excellent night all around for relay teams. The Boys 4×100 was an exhilarating event, Huntley placed 1st as Paul Kerber passed the Minooka anchor on the final straightaway, the Boys finished with a 43.59 time. The Huntley Girls placed 4th in the 4x 100, running a 50.94 time. In the 4x 200 the Girls fell just short of a 1st place finish, coming in at second with a 1:47.80 time. The Huntley Boys fought for a 3rd place finish, running a 1:37.94.

The 4×400 was heavily contested throughout the night. The Boys relay team ran incredibly well, Gronewald bringing Huntley from 5th to 2nd place on his 3rd leg split. Junior Nathan Ary fought to hold the team’s position and Huntley finished 2nd overall with a 3:34.30 time. The Girls 4x 400 finished 5th overall, as the Raiders ran a 4:21.74 time. In the 4x 800 the Huntley Boys placed 2nd with an 8:46.21 time, the Girls placed 5th with a 10:36.90.

The field saw great strides for the Raiders. In the shot put junior Hayden Swim threw 13.94 Meters, placing 7th. Freshman Jack Crudele placed 12th throwing 11.62 Meters. For the Girls senior Michelle Barnvos placed 6th and threw 9.97 Meters, fellow senior Emily Maynard placed 7th and threw for 9.42 Meters. Hayden Swim placed 4th in Discus, throwing for 39.84 meters. Jack Crudele finished just behind him, placing 5th and throwing for a personal record of 38.79 meters. Michelle Barnvos placed 4th in the Girls Discus, throwing for 31.69 meters. Emily Maynard placed 6th, throwing 26.24 meters.

In High Jump junior Paige Tenuto performed well, placing 7th jumping 1.48 meters. Her fellow junior Hailey Steiner jumped 1.38 meters and placed 9th. For Boys High Jump Jayden Bell jumped 1.52 meters and placed 10th. In Pole Vault senior Matthew Alpert had another incredible night, jumping 3.81 meters and placing 2nd on scratches. The Girls Pole Vault also saw good performances, sophomore Teigan Quinn tied for 10th place jumping 1.98 meters, fellow sophomore Gabriella Whitfield jumped 1.83 meters.

Huntley dominated in Long Jump. Alex Johnson placed first, what else would you expect, with a 5.89-meter jump. Alex Hermann also jumped well, placing 12th with a 4.54-meter jump. Nathan Ary continued his stellar debut season and hunt for the school record for Long Jump with the Huntley Boys, jumping 6.20 meters and placing 4th, sophomore Dylan Schmidt finished just behind him, placing 6th with a 6.02-meter jump. In Triple Jump Melissa Aninagyei-Bonsu placed 1st for the Girl’s team, jumping almost a half meter further than 2nd place with a 11.28-meter jump. Sophie Amin jumped 9.00 meters. In the Boys Triple junior Thomas Rodriguez jumped a personal record of 11.47 meters and placed 3rd overall, junior Caden Verdonck jumped 10.43 meters.

The Friday Varsity Invite was an exciting meet all around, as great strides were made by all teams that attended.