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Hard work pays off for St. Charles East’s Jordan Duncan at Illinois Top Times meet

03/29/2014, 10:15pm CDT
By Mike Clark | | @mikeclarkpreps

Jordan Duncan ran a season-best 22.16 seconds in winning Saturday’s Class 3A Illinois Top Times 200 title in Bloomington.

Thornton's Tifonte Hunt (right) takes first at Illinois Top Times meet | Photo by Tim Tierney/For Sun-Times Media

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Jordan Duncan ran pretty much a perfect race Saturday -- until it was over.

After winning the Class 3A 200 meters at the Top Times Indoor Championship, the St. Charles East senior ran into a set of blocks beyond the finish line and tumbled head over heels.

“That was a surprise,” said Duncan, who was wearing an ice pack on his left leg afterward but was otherwise none the worse for wear. “I was like, ‘Wow.’”

That was also pretty much his reaction to running a state indoor season best of 22.16 seconds.

“I thought I was supposed to get a 22.4,” he said. “I’ve worked so hard. I’ve been running for the past seven years and it’s finally paying off.”

Thornton’s Tifonte Hunt, a Northern Illinois football recruit, won the 3A 60 hurdles in a state season-best of 7.95 and also ran on the Wildcats’ winning 800 relay team (1:31.64).

“I thought the time was good today,” Hunt said. “(But) I want to get better.”

Yorkville’s Luke Hoffert won the 3A 1,600 in 4:22.71, leading start to finish, after helping the Foxes take first in the 3,200 relay (7:58.14).

“It’s just the way I like to run,” he said of taking the pace out fast. “I don’t want to get stuck in a group and have to fight for a spot.”

Lake Park’s Marcus Jegede beat his own state-best in the 3A triple jump (48-1.5) and was third in the long ,jump (22-2.75).

North Lawndale’s Terry McGee ran a state-best 50.11 to win the 3A 400 by .01 over Lakes’ Corey Hertz.

Other local winners in 3A were Evanston’s Carl Klamm in the 800 (1:56.67), Providence high jumper Mike Monroe (6-8), Plainfield Central pole vaulter Luke Winder (15-6) and Minooka’s 1,600 relay team (7:58.14).

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