Naperville North Wins DuPage County Crown
Wheaton North junior Ryan Schreiner took a break from his usual on-track routine Thursday.
Instead of competing in his best event – the 800 meters – Schreiner attempted to set a new personal best in the 400 meters at the 88th annual DuPage County Men’s Track and Field Championships held at Naperville Central.
In the end, on a cold and windy night, Schreiner made sure to turn his fun run turn into a fun finish.
Schreiner set a new personal best by clocking a 50.70 second effort for first place to win the 400 meters. After crossing the finish line, Schreiner looked up at the dashboard to his left and immediately gave a smile to his ears.
“I felt pretty good in the 400,” Schreiner said. “It was good progress. My main goal was to get past 50 (seconds), but the weather was windy and the conditions weren’t ideal. It’s not something I could control. From now on. , I’m going to run the 800. I ‘I majored in this area, but I didn’t want to do it today because I wanted to see if I could break 50 (seconds) today. But it was still fun, a blast. “
In the team race, Naperville North (120.5 points) narrowly edged Wheaton North (115.5) to finish in first place. Neuqua Valley (94), Wheaton Warrenville South (78) and Waubonsie Valley (73) were among the team’s top five players.
Schreiner was one of several DuPage County athletes who were able to weather the unusual weather conditions in late May to display a memorable effort.
Andrew Li, a brown rookie from Naperville North, took first place in the 100 (11.31). He also competed in the Huskies winning 400 relay and third place 800 relay.
“I was really happy with the stints,” said Li. “It was a good team effort. We had young guys who performed well. I was also happy with the victory in the 100. The conditions were not the best.
“I just want to top off my senior strength, and I’m trying to put everything in place for the last few weeks. It’s been a tough season, but I’ve stayed focused on the ups and downs. I’m focusing. 100 and team wins in the relays.
Naperville North senior Tommy Paltzer, a University of Portland rookie, took first place in the 800 (2: 00.23) with a powerful kick with 300 yards remaining in the race.
“I wanted to come out and try to hang on for the first round and go strong for the second round,” he said. “I knew I didn’t want to make my move in the first 100 of the second lap because the wind was pretty bad, so I came into that corner. I felt pretty strong when I made the move.”
Metea Valley junior Jalen Johnson, a star receiver, showed his skills on the track as he clinched first place in the 110 hurdles (14.70). Graham McAninch of Naperville Central won the 300 hurdles (41.82).
In the field events, Jaisnav Rajesh of Waubonsie Valley won the high jump (5-10.75) and his teammate Brody Squires took first place in the long jump (21-2). Kyle Varga of Lake Park won the pole vault title with a top jump of 14-0.