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Minooka wins own inaugural invite

04/19/2014, 6:37pm CDT
By Tim Tierney

Minooka won six events en route to a 135-122 win in its own invitational Saturday.

With four of the eight teams at the Minooka Invitational sectional champions last year, it was fair to think that the inaugural meet wasn’t going to be a cakewalk.

“When I was looking for the teams to get here, I wanted eight quality teams,’’ Minooka coach Nick Lundin said. “One of the reasons we’ve gotten so much better the last few years is the competition.’’

Led by sprinter Devin Ingram, Minooka scored 135 points Saturday to win the team title over Kaneland (122) and Lyons (90), both top 10 teams in the state last year.

The rest of the field included Joliet Central (61), Huntley (44), McHenry (44), Lincoln-Way Central (39) and Jones (23).

Ingram won the 100-meter dash, led off the first-place 400 and 800 relays and finished his productive day by winning the 200.

“This meet for me is pretty big because being my senior year, it’s my last hurrah,’’ Ingram said. “There’s not too many times we get to run here.’’

Ingram took the 100 in 10.93 seconds, which would have been good enough for fifth in Class 3A last year. He ran 22.56 in the 200, also a state final time.

“I was working all this week on my starts and on my finishes,’’ Ingram said. “That really helps for the 100 because the start is pretty much the entire race.’’

Minooka’s Chris Wilson won the 400 in 49.19, one of the state’s top outdoor times this season and good enough to be Class 3A runner-up last year. His best 400 is 49.17 last season at the Joliet West Sectional.

“I still feel I have a lot more to improve on,’’ Wilson said. “I can do better than I did here. I really want to be low 48s by the end of the year.’’

Minooka’s winning 400 relay (42.88) was Ingram, Mitch Miller, Chris Hopkins and Jake Smith. The Indians’ first-place 800 relay (1:29.56) was Ingram, Miller, Victor Turpin and Smith.

Smith then suffered a pulled hamstring running the 200 meters and expects to be sidelined a week or two.

Minooka’s Shabari Bailey won the 110 hurdles (14.85) in a close finish over teammate Bobby Kaluza (14.86).

“Overall, it was a really good day for the team, lots of PR’s,’’ Lundin said. “I think there’s a little something extra that comes out of them running at home.’’

Kaneland had two double champions: Nate Dyer won the discus (155 feet) and shot put (56-3½) while Ben Barnes took the long jump (20-7½) and triple jump (41-7¼).

Other Kaneland winners were Dylan Nauert in the 300 hurdles (40.80), Kyle Carter in the 800 (1:56.06), Dylan Kuipers in the pole vault (14-0) and the 1,600 relay (3:22.93) over Minooka (3:23.36) without Smith.

McHenry’s Jesse Reiser, state leader in the 3,200 meters, won the 1,600 in 4:19.87.

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