Plenty of top prospects and signees took part in the IHSA State Track and field meet, perhaps the most successful was Lyons Township and Northwestern signee Matt Harris.
Harris placed 4th in the 3A division in the Long Jump with a jump of 23-feet, 6-inches. Harris also ran to a fifth place finish in the 110M hurdles with a final time of 14.63 for five team points.
In the throwing events, Niles West offensive lineman and junior Dennis Gargovic took sixth in the shot put with a heave of 55-feet, 4.5 inches and Western Illinois offensive lineman signee and Springfield senior place 8th scoring one point after throwing 55-feet, 1.25 inches in the shot. Torgerson also qualified for finals in the Discus placing 12th with a throw of 152-feet, 5 inches.
One local prospect took home a state championship after anchoring the 4x100m relay. Jauan Wesley of Thornton Township helped the team record a state championship time of 42.24 recording ten team points with Cavion Clanton, Tifonte Hunt, and Maurice Buchanan. Wesley also finished the 100M dash in 7th place with an 11.02 after running 10.78 in the prelims to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Also on the podium in the 4x100M relay was Belleville West and Edwardsville who was aided by a third leg from defensive back Craig James, for a final time of 42. 52 for 7 team points. In fourth place was Wheaton North who featured University of North Dakota signee Patrick Sharp and junior wide receiver Matt Biegalski.
In the other sprint relay, James and Edwardsville took home the state title in the 4x200 with a time of 1.27.98, followed by Oak Park River Forest in second with a leadoff leg from junior defensive back Jamal Baggett.
Another prospect of note that qualified for the meet was Lyons township sophomore running back Leonard Ross in the 200 meters and the 4x200M relay, but who sat out due to hamstring issues.
In the 2A meet, East Saint Louis placed second in the team competition. They were higlighted by a second place finish in the 100M dash by sophomore Natereace Strong in 10.89. Strong also anchored the 4x200M relay to a second place finish along with Kendrick Lewis, Shondre Harlan, and Keonte Pearson.