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Beacon-News boys track and field notebook

05/08/2014, 5:15pm CDT
By Kevin McGavin

Kevin McGavin lists three things we should know about Aurora-area boys track after another week of action.

1. Gant spoils Roels’ full-time return. East Aurora senior sprinter Desmond Gant edged Tim Roels, the Geneva defending Class 3A Hoffman Estates sectional and Upstate Eight indoor 200-meter champion, twice at the wire last week at the Roger Wilcox Invitational at Oswego. Gant (11.2 seconds) denied Roels, who was making his first multiple-event start of the outdoor season, by two one-hundredths in the 100. Gant was slightly more than a tenth faster at 200 meters.

2. Grahovec authors rare double. Marmion returning All-State 800 runner Kevin Grahovec fashioned one of the rarest double victories in the sport with his triumphs in his specialty event and 400 run last week at Sycamore. The 800 relay is the only event between the two disciplines. Grahovec won the 400 in 51.46 after moments earlier running a 1:56.63 at the longer distance.

3. Add Kuipers to the deep list. The Class 2A pole vault features five of the top seven returning athletes in the state. Kaneland senior Dylan Kuipers made a case for inclusion in the elite company by soaring 14 feet, 6 inches to win the Crystal Lake Central Invitational last Friday. Gant, Roels, Grahovec and Kuipers will all be in action tonight at the Kane County Invitational at Streamwood.

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