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Fight to the finish
Oswego boys' track places third at Roger Wilcox Invite, Oswego East fourth at Red Ribbon

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego East and Oswego boys' track and field team enjoyed their share of successes last weekend, meeting at Oswego East for the Roger Wilcox Invite last Friday before the Wolves entered Waubonsie Valley's Red Ribbon Classic last Saturday.

Now, Oswego will compete at the Lockport East's Jackson ABC Invite on Friday at 5 p.m. before Oswego East competes at Lisle's annual Carlin Nalley Invite, held at Bolingbrook on Saturday at 9 a.m.

"The Carlin Nally is going to be a great meet this year, especially for the distance and mid-distance group," Oswego East head coach Aaron Kimpton said. "It should be quite a nice test for that group."

The teams meet again next Thursday, May 15, in Romeoville for the Southwest Prairie Conference meet.

"Lockport is an ABC meet, so we get to take three kids in each event and sometimes we can sneak in freshmen and sophomores in the C fight," Oswego head coach Jeff Edwards said. "This is a pretty good meet and we get to see a lot of kids in our conference, like Plainfield North, Plainfield south and Plainfield Central. It's always a good meet, and it's a good finisher to the season getting ready to go into the conference season."

Roger Wilcox Invite

Oswego hosted its annual invite a few miles away from home, but the Panthers still enjoyed a successful night with a third-place finish in the seven-team field. Geneva won the invite with 180 points, followed by West Aurora's 92. Oswego scored 81 points while Oswego East settled into seventh place as its JV team scored 22 points.

"We scored 81 points at varsity and 100 at frosh/soph, and any time you can score points like that, you're doing something right," Edwards said. "I thought we had a pretty good night and got a lot of guys into the finals, which is always a goal of ours to get them in scoring position and they did that. We had two and three people make the finals in the sprint events, so I was happy overall. We thought it was a pretty positive night."

Oswego sophomore Steve Strange won the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.09 seconds and sophomore Luke Moran was second at 52.59 seconds. Oswego East junior Sergio Noyola was fourth at 53.98 seconds.

"(Strange) is one of the sophomores who is really starting to peak at the right time," Edwards said. "We've been using him in a lot of other sprints to train him to get faster and it's been helping him out a lot. He wasn't making finals in a lot of these events because he was working on his overall speed."

Oswego also had a first-place finisher in the 3,200 as senior Lucas Kammerer won with a time of 10:00.83.

Oswego's 4x100-meter relay team of junior Mason Memming, Strange, sophomore Willie Rodriguez and junior Tommy Tripp finished first in 44.46 seconds.

"They did not run a PR for the night, but they still ran a good time so I was excited with that," Edwards said.

Oswego junior Mason Memming placed fifth in the 100 dash with a time of 11.83 and Strange finished sixth at 11.86 seconds.

Oswego East senior Julian Flores finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:06 and sophomore teammate Tanner McQuality was fourth at 2:07.

In the 1,600, Oswego senior Chase Hall finished third at 4:40 while Oswego East junior Turner Kelly was fourth at 4:41, Oswego senior Desmond Meyer was fifth at 4:42 and Oswego East senior Mason Miller finished sixth at 4:46 to score in the event.

Oswego senior Nick Sefranek finished sixth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:59 to score for the Panthers. Senior Anton Simms finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.78 seconds and Oswego East sophomore Chaz Clark was sixth in 47.87.

Oswego's 4x800-meter relay team of Hall, Simms, sophomore Jackson Simon and Meyer placed third in 8:29.

The Panthers' 4x400-meter relay of Moran, Hall, Simms and Strange closed out the meet in second place, finishing with a time of 3:34 for a personal best time this season.

In the field events, Oswego sophomore Matt Schschwary cleared 10-6 to place fourth in the pole vault. Oswego junior Charlie Kirkwood placed third in the discus with a mark of 126-3.

"We had some pretty surprising young guys," Kimpton said. "We got a look at some young guys to see that once we graduate some people, we have guys who are more than adequate to fill those roles we'll be needing next year. It was really nice to see that."

Red Ribbon Classic

Oswego East was ready for the competition at Waubonsie Valley's annual invite, scoring 57 points to finish in a tie for fourth place with Homewood-Flossmoor. Minooka won the invite with 98 points, followed by Belleville West (75) and Waubonsie Valley (74).

"It was just a fantastic meet," Kimpton said. "Everyone competed well. It's nice to have a taste of that level of competition prior to going into conference and the state series."

Senior Justin Augustin had a breakout meet in the 300-meter hurdles, winning the event by two-tenths of a second with his time of 39.52 seconds.

"He ran an unbelievable time in the 300 hurdles, which is really nice to see a time that low as we get toward the end of the season," Kimpton said. "It was a great race. He knew going into it that he had his work cut out for him, but he rose to that occasion and did very, very well."

Oswego East also posted a win in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8:05. The relay was comprised of Tyler McQuality, Thornton, Augustin and Delaney.

"They really came together and competed against some great competition like Homewood-Flossmoor and Wheaton Warrenville South," Kimpton said. "Really pushing the pace of that race and everybody did a fantastic job being competitive."

Senior Bobby Kallien was fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.5 seconds, and junior Brandon Lowe also placed in the event, taking sixth in 11.66 seconds. Junior Nico Divaldivesto was third in the 200-meter dash finals, clocking in at 22.97 seconds.

"The funny thing is, last year at that same meet Nico dropped under 23 seconds in the 200, and again he had another fantastic day at that meet. I don't know what it is about the Red Ribbon, but he runs really well there," Kimpton said of Divaldivesto.

Senior Mike Delaney was second in the 800 with a time of 1:57, and junior Charles Thornton placed fifth in 2:01.

Kelly was fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:39, and the Wolves had a second placewinner in sophomore Ryan Fluke, who took fifth in 4:39.

In the field events, junior Khalil Driver posted a third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 42-7 1/2.

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