Wolfpack wins CCL Indoor Championship

Sophomore Chris Hawkins runs a personal best 8.17 seconds in the 55-meter high hurdles for fifth place at the Chicago Catholic League Indoor Track Championships on Saturday, March 17, at the University of Chicago's Henry Crown Field House. Hawkins also jumped 19 feet and 8 inches in the long jump for eighth place and 40 feet and 5.5 inches in the triple jump for third place. Photo by Steven Bugarin.

The report for Ignatius about our Chicago Catholic League meet on Saturday:

The Saint Ignatius boys track team surprised their Chicago Catholic League rivals with a victory over favored Providence Catholic on Saturday, March 17, at the University of Chicago’s Henry Crown Field House.  Ignatius scored 96 points to win over Providence (90), Loyola (87), Mount Carmel (67), Brother Rice (49), St. Rita (42), De La Salle (42), Leo (35), St. Laurence (24), Fenwick (10), Hales Franciscan (20), and Seton (7).   The last time the boys track team won a CCL championship meet was in 1991.

Jack Keelan passes Providence Catholic off the last turn as the Wolfpack win the 4x400 in 3:32.69--and clinch the CCL indoor championship.

The outcome was in doubt until the final event, the 4×400 meter relay.  With the Wolfpack needing second place to guarantee victory, sophomore Conor Dunham (52.1 seconds) took the lead on the first leg, and juniors Andrew Reardon (53.6) and Zeb McLaurin (53.6) pulled away from the rest of the pack with Providence.  Barring a mishap, the Wolfpack seemed to have the meet won, but junior Jack Keelan (53.3) left no doubt, dramatically passing the Providence anchor with 50 meters to go to win the event with a season best time of 3 minutes 32.69 seconds.

It was a genuine team win, as the only other first place for the Wolfpack was Keelan’s win in the 3200 with a new meet record of 9:25.91.  Keelan went back on the track just 35 minutes later to score important points in the 800-meter run as he placed second in 2:00.04.  Senior Patrick Santino was another big point scorer for the Wolfpack, taking second in the 3200 (9:33.56) and the 1600 (4:33.67) and finishing with dramatic sprints in both races.

The rest of the Wolfpack’s points came from twelve other team members.  In the 4×800, seniors Clifford Vickrey (2:15.1) and Mike Tonner (2:06.8) teamed with juniors Andrew Musur (2:15.5) and Reardon (2:20.5) for third in 8:58.71.  Dunham was fourth in the 55 meter hurdles (8.03), with sophomore Chris Hawkins fifth (8.17).  Dunham (23.6) and Hawkins (24.2) teamed with sophomore Sheldon Pierce (24.6)  and junior Andrew Eady (24.4) for third in the 4×200 relay, running a season best time of 1:36.71.  Sophomore Taylor Dugas ran a personal best 2:03.84 for fifth in the 800.  McLaurin (53.07) and junior Elliot Gibson (54.33) were fourth and seventh in the 400.  Senior Peter Devitt ran a personal best 4:40.56 for fifth in the 1600.

In the field events, Hawkins was eighth in the long jump (19 feet and 8 inches) and third in the triple jump (40-05.5).  Pierce jumped a personal best 5 feet and 10 inches for fifth in the high jump.  Gibson cleared a personal best height of 11 feet even for fourth in the pole vault, with senior Kyle Kelley-Carter eighth (9-00.00).

“It was an every point counts kind of meet.  We needed a whole bunch of things to happen in our favor, and they happened,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “But we also asked some boys to put personal goals aside in order to help the team.  Our boys really deserved this win.”

Complete results:  http://dyestat.rise.espn.go.com/meetresults.jsp?meetID=49682

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3 responses to “Wolfpack wins CCL Indoor Championship

  1. Congrats to your team Ed! Sounds like a great battle.

  2. Alan Sutton

    Ed … great job! I love reading about track … you should’ve been a sports writer!

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