I prepared this for our news people back at Ignatius, a recap of our first day at the state track meet. And I owe Chris Korabik (@), on the left above, a thank you for the tag line!
On the second day of the IHSA Boys Track and Field Championships today, four Ignatius athletes will compete for medals and team points. In the preliminaries yesterday, the Wolfpack moved into serious contention for four events.
In the 110 meter hurdles, senior Conor Dunham won his heat to advance to the finals in a time of 14.49 seconds; it is the second fastest time in school history, behind only Dunham’s own 14.15 mark in the sectional meet last week. Senior Chris Hawkins also competed in 110s, running 14.79, but he did not qualify for the final. He did, however, finish sixth and win his flight in the preliminaries of the triple jump, where he leaped 44 feet and 11.5 inches; that jump leaves him just two inches from third place. He gets three jumps today to close the gap. Dunham returned to the track in the 300 intermediate hurdles, where he battled long-time rival Imani Payton of North Lawndale College Prep in his qualifying heat. Payton won by a step in 37.85 seconds, with Dunham at 38.14, but they were the fastest of the nine qualifiers for today’s final. Finally, senior Chris Korabik finished second in his heat of the 1600-meter run to advance to the final, running 4 minutes and 14.80 seconds, second fastest of the rounds.
Junior Andy Weber will also compete today in the 3200-meter run, which has no preliminary race. Senior Emmett Boyle competed in the pole vault on Friday, as well, but he did not advance.
To attend the state meet, Dunham, Korabik, and Hawkins had to miss graduation back in Chicago on Friday night. Instead they made a cap and gown visit to the track in the evening during the open track meet there. They marched around the infield as Weber carried a music player blaring Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”—and they took a few pictures.
“Our seniors made some sacrifices to be here,” said Coach Ed Ernst. “We have a chance to score some points tomorrow.”
The Wolfpack finished fourth at the state meet last year.