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Peterson Prep Invite champions : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Peterson Prep Invite champions
Delaney wins 400, Johnsrud takes 3,200

by Kristin Sharp


The Kaneland boys' track and field team competed at another level last Saturday, winning its own Peterson Prep Invitational with 140 points.

No other team came close, including runner-up DeKalb at 66 points and third-place finisher Sycamore at 63 points. Oswego East placed ninth overall, competing with a short-handed lineup due to injuries, while Oswego finished 12th.

"We had to scratch a bunch of athletes out for various reasons, like injuries, so when we went to the meet we had to make somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 changes and adjustments to our lineup," Oswego East head coach Aaron Kimpton said.

Both area teams posted championship finishes during the invite, with Oswego East senior Mike Delaney winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.96 seconds.

"He finally cracked the 50-second barrier," Kimpton said. "That's exciting, because that means he's running state-qualifying times now. It'll be fun to see how low we can get him by the end of the year."

Oswego was led by senior Peter Johnsrud's top time of 9:41 in the 3,200, crossing the finish line a full 13 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Geneva. He missed out on a scoring opportunity in the 1,600, clocking in at 4:42 to place ninth.

"We're still training him with the idea that he's going to double, but as it gets closer we'll make that decision," Oswego head coach Jeff Edwards said. "His strength is in the 3,200 and placed first with a pretty decent time. Talking to coach (Dan) Whipple, he's about 60 meters away from the state-qualifying time. As we start tapering, he'll get there."

Also placing for Oswego East, senior Bobby Kallien was fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.60 seconds.

"He did a nice job for us. He's been consistent in the 100 and he's doing a nice job, constantly improving from week to week. He's always stepped up when we needed him," Kimpton said.

Oswego East senior Charles Thornton was fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:32.

"Charles is coming on pretty good right now, really stepping up and running some good times. We're excited to see how he progresses at the end of the season," Kimpton said.

The Oswego East 4x800-meter relay team placed fourth overall with a time of 8:18 behind the efforts of Tyler McQuality, Tanner McQuality, Turner Kelly and Thornton.

Neither team placed in the field events.

Oswego's young team excelled in the frosh/soph relays, placing second in the 4x800 (8:50), fourth in the 4x100 (48.0) and fifth in the 4x200 (1:42).

"Time-wise, we weren't real impressed with some of our times going in, but we did see some improvements in some areas," Edwards said. "The younger kids did really well. The 4x8 placed pretty high."

In the varsity events, Oswego saw an eighth-place finish from sophomore Matt Schschwary in the pole vault as he cleared 11-0 to tie his personal best height for the season.

Oswego's 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Jackson Simon, junior Matt Taves, sophomore Luke Moran and senior Chase Hall produced a time of 8:42.86 to take seventh.

"They ran pretty decent, and we're getting excited about that 4x8 team heading into conference pretty soon," Edwards said.

Oswego will now host its annual Roger Wilcox Invite on Friday at Oswego East, due to the track conditions at Ken Pickerill Stadium. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m.

"It's going to be a different experience at Oswego East and setting up across town will be a little different," Edwards said. "We're hopeful to get our facility to where we'd like it to be with a safe surface for the kids to run on. We're willing to sacrifice this year to make sure it's taken care of right and the kids are safe. We'll make the best of it."

Oswego East will also compete in the Red Ribbon Meet at Waubonsie Valley on Saturday at 10 a.m.

"This week is going to be a big week because we're getting most of those guys back. We've had some hamstring issues and we're really just playing it safe with them and not bring them back too early to re-injure them," Kimpton said. "We should have everybody back to full strength like we were at the beginning of the season, which will be nice.

"We're probably going to run our main guys on Saturday and our JV guys on Friday. We'll still be competitive, but it gives guys who normally don't compete at invites an opportunity to run. There's not much difference between our first four guys, and our five, six, seven and eight runners. It'll be nice for them to show what they can do at a big meet."

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