Keelan second at IHSA State Championships in 3200

Jack Keelan chases eventual winner Malachy Schrobilgen of Oak Park-River Forest and Garrett Sweatt of Edwardsville, who would finish fourth, midway through the 3200. Keelan would get second. Behind Keelan, Mark Derrick of Nequa Valley would finish third.  Photo by Steven Bugarin.

The report from Saint Ignatius College Prep:

Wolfpack junior Jack Keelan started at the very back of the pack after the first lap of the 3200-meter run in the IHSA state championships in Charleston, IL, last Saturday, May 26.  But at the end of the race he won the second place silver medal in 9 minutes and 8.48 seconds with a fast closing sprint, behind Oak Park-River Forest senior  Malachy Schrobilgen (9:03.42).  Two hours later Keelan returned to the track for the 1600-meter run, and, once again, after the first lap, he was trailing the pack.  As the winner Leland Later of New Trier (4:09.95) made his strong move on the last lap, Keelan moved through the field of 12, as well, finishing seventh in a time of 4:15.77.  Keelan set a school record of 4:13.63 the day before to win his heat and qualify for the final; he broke the record of Mike Patton ‘81.  Only Schrobilgen joined Keelan in doing the tough 3200-1600 double in the competitive 3A meet—made tougher by the 95 degree heat both days.  Scoring 11 points, Keelan gave the Wolfpack the 23rd team spot in the 3A meet for the state’s biggest schools; the Wolfpack were the number one Chicago Catholic League team.  “Watching Keelan compete at the highest level was inspiring to our other boys at the meet, who watch him every day at practice and know how hard he works,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “They want to return to the state meet next year to score more points.”

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