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Oswego East clears hurdles at Yorkville, Ottawa : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Oswego East clears hurdles at Yorkville, Ottawa
Wolves win Matt Wulf Invite, place second at Pirates' ABC Invite

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego East boys' track and field team faced a daunting challenge with two invitationals over a three-day span, but the Wolves persevered with a championship finish in Yorkville and a runner-up effort in Ottawa.

"We were sore and a little beat up, and we had a couple injuries due to the cold weather on Thursday and the kids not getting warmed up properly, but we came out of it OK," Oswego East head coach Aaron Kimpton said. "We're struggling a little bit, but luckily this week we got a few guys back, which will help us out for Saturday."

In an ABC format in Ottawa last Saturday, athletes are placed in three tiers according to projected ability. Oswego East's team depth allowed the Wolves to finish among the top three, but fell just six points shy of a championship, falling to DeKalb 183-177. Metamora finished third with 174.5 points in the 12-team field.

"We left a lot of points out there that we should have gotten and to lose by six points and have some people have bad days running and competing, we do have a lot more room to improve and grow as a team," Kimpton said.

"It was a good learning experience for the team. We realize we do need to keep getting better because we're not that good yet."

Oswego East enjoyed success in several relays, with the 4x800 and 4x400-meter teams capturing first place. The two-mile relay, comprised of senior Tyler McQuality, sophomore Trevor Nold, senior Charles Thornton and senior Mike Delaney clocked in at 8:08.51 to edge out Metamora.

The 1,600-meter relay was first with a time of 3:26.42 behind the efforts of seniors Julian Flores, Justin Augustin and Delaney along with sophomore Jacob Salazar.

The 4x200-meter relay team of seniors Bobby Kallien, Branden Lowe and Devin Flowers along with sophomore Caleb Newman finished fourth in 1:33.

"We're able to run a different combination of kids in the relays, and no matter what combination we run, they always seem to be stepping up to fill those spots and competing well," Kimpton said.

Individually, senior Davon Burrell won the C-level 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 44.05 and Augustin was second in the A-level with a time of 40.28. Flores finished third in the 400 with a time of 52.48 while Salazar finished fourth in the B level at 54.43.

In the 1,600-meter run, senior Charles Thornton finished second in the A-level with a time of 4:30 while senior Mason Miller was third in the B race at 4:44, and sophomore Trevor Nold won the C race in 4:43.

Kallien placed fifth in the 200-meter dash A race with a time of 23.37 while senior Brandon Lowe placed third in the B race at 22.94 and senior Devin Flowers placed second in the C-race with a time of 24.31 seconds.

Augustin highlighted the field events by placing third in the A-level triple jump event, leaping to a mark of 39-9 1/2. Newman was fifth in the B level with a mark of 37-5.

Last Thursday, Oswego East made its debut in Yorkville's annual Matt Wulf Invite and scored 149 points to better the host Foxes' second-place score of 126. Dixon had 110 points to round out the top three teams in the eight-team field.

"Our distance and mid-distance group really stepped it up. They're the ones that scored a bulk of the points and did a fantastic job for us," Kimpton said. "They really pulled it out for us. It came down to the 4x4 right at the end to determine who was going to come away with the first-place trophy."

The 4x400-meter relay closed out the night by placed ahead of Dixon with a winning time of 3:27.

Oswego East had two athletes reach the 100-meter dash finals, with Kallien winning the event with a time of 11.35 seconds after winning his prelim heat, and junior Orlando Campos placed seventh in 11.91 seconds.

Lowe placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.36 seconds, and Delaney won the 400-meter dash in 50.19 seconds while Flores was fourth in 51.93 seconds.

Tyler McQuality and Tanner McQuality represented the Wolves well in the 800-meter event, with Tyler placing fourth in 2:01 and Tanner in sixth at 2:07.

Yorkville's elite twin brothers, Jake and Luke Hoffert, claimed the top two places in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events, but Nold placed third in the mile with a time of 4:39.28 and Miller was fourth in 4:39.84. Thornton took fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 9:43.

"There were some really good distance and mid-distance schools there and it was good to run against them, plus it was schools that we don't normally see so that made it more enjoyable too," Kimpton said. "The McQuality kids, Tyler and Tanner, both had good days running in the relays and also in their individual events. We took third and fourth behind the two twin brothers (from Yorkville) and did better than we thought we would. That was nice."

Augustin was second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.33 and Burrell was third in 15.73. Augustin also won the 300-meter hurdle event in 39.88 seconds.

Oswego East won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 44.44 seconds to edge out Aurora Central Catholic. The 4x800-meter relay also turned in a top time of 8:15.

In the field events, junior Khalil Driver was third in the long jump (20-0) and sophomore Kalub Neuman was fourth (19-8). Driver won the triple jump with a mark of 42-6, and Neuman was sixth at 39-0.

Junior Ryan Ingalls placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 41-11. Senior Diego Rodriguez cleared 5-10 to take second in the high jump.

Junior Aaron McGavin cleared 10-0 to win the pole vault.

Oswego East will enter the Kaneland Invite on Saturday at 10 a.m. before hosting Oswego next Tuesday in a Southwest Prairie Conference dual meet at 4 p.m.

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