The track & field team had a busy weekend. This past Thursday, April 26, the frosh/soph team placed 3rd at the Evergreen Park Invitational. Event champions were Eddie Burke in the 3200; the 4×8 team of Charlie Fitzgerald, Matt Quattrocchi, Joseph Eloby, and Kevin Lynch; the 4×1 team of Jacquez Young, Dwayne Moorehead, Nehemiah Ray, and Willie Shaw; and the 4×4 team of Burke, Mikey Corcoran, Harrison Morg, and Fitzgerald.
The varsity team was at Sandburg for the Pete Struck Classic on Thursday. Tommy Gleeson won the 800, going under 2 minutes for the 1st time. Second place efforts came from Josh Boulanger in the triple jump and Marquise Kennedy in the high jump. Boulanger is currently ranked 9th in the state.
On Saturday, April 28, the entire team took part in the Friar Invite at Triton College. Event winners for the Crusaders were Ronan Dolan in the triple jump, Eddie Burke in the 1600, and Willie Shaw in both the 100 and 200. The frosh/soph team will compete in the Catholic League Championship at Concordia University on Thursday, May 3, while the varsity travels to Thornton on Friday, May 4.
The track & field team hosted the 12th Annual Rice Relays on Friday, April 21. The Crusader team finished 2nd in the 10-team field.
Event champions were Tre Gladney, Matt Cegielski, Brian McElligott, and Tommy Gleeson in the sprint medley.
Strong 2nd place efforts came from Dan Spellman in the elite 1600; the distance medley team of Spellman, McElligott, Brendan Coghlan, and Gleeson; the triple jump relay of Nico Perez, Ronan Dolan, Adrian Campos, & Erik Estrada; the 300 hurdle team of Justin Palmer, Charlie Fitzgerald, and Dan Zapata; as well as the frosh/soph 4×800 team of Alex MacFarlane, Mikey Corcoran, Matt Quattrocchi, and Eddie Burke.
The track & field team competed in the Oak Lawn Invite on Friday, April 13. The Crusaders won by the slimmest of margins, 92.33-92 over the host Spartans.
The meet came down to the final event which required a victory to capture the team title. The 4×400 team of Brian McElligott, Tommy Gleeson, Brendan Coghlan, and Ty McCoy delivered with an exciting and convincing win. Josh Boulanger was a double winner in both the long jump and triple jump.
Other event winners included Gleeson in the 800m; the frosh/soph 4×800 team of Eddie Burke, Mikey Corcoran, Matt Quattrocchi, and Harrison Morg; as well as the frosh/soph 4×400 team Burke, Corcoran, Adrian Campos, and Joseph Eloby.
The team will be back in action on Tuesday, April 17, at Marmion Academy before returning home on Friday night to host the 12th Annual Rice Relays.
By: Michael Tinley ‘18
Four long-distance runners set a Brother Rice High School track and field frosh/soph four by four-hundred record. This race is widely regarded as the most exciting in all of track and field at any level of competition.
Four to eight teams each select four runners to compete. Each participant runs one full lap around the track with a metal baton – handing it off to their teammate next in order to run. When each team member has successfully run four-hundred meters around the track in total, a mile has been accomplished.
Luckily, Brother Rice Track and Field Head Coach Tom Wazio, picked the best four for the job.
Freshmen Nehemiah Ray, Eddie Burke, Adrian Campos, and Joe Eloby were trailing early in the race. Eloby admited, “We didn’t get off to the best start, but we didn’t lose our focus as a team.”
There are so many variables in a long distance relay race such as the four by four-hundred, that writing a team off or believing that a team has sealed a victory early in a race is meaningless. Mistakes happen, injuries occur, but some teams, simply turn it on. This is exactly what the freshman-built Crusader team decided to do. The latter portion of the race was executed perfectly, with the Crusaders crossing the finish line first.
“When I found out that our relay team broke the school record, it was an amazing feeling being able to have our names in Brother Rice track and field history,” stated Eddie Burke. More importantly, allowing Brother Rice’s youngest athletes to experience record-setting victory is crucial in their mental development. Athletic success not only motivates young high school athletes to excel in future competition, it can transfer to the classroom as well, shaping a recipe for academic and athletic success.
Congratulations to Nehemiah, Eddie, Adrian, and Joey on their excellent running in Evanston.
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, the Crusader track & field team competed in the Catholic League Championship at the University of Chicago. The Frosh/Soph team won their 3rd straight title!
The frosh/soph Crusaders won all 3 relays, including the 4 x 800 team of Charlie Fitzgerald, Alex MacFarlane, Matt Quattrocchi, and Harrison Morg; the 4 x 200 team of Jacquez Young, Giacomo Iraci, Dwayne Moorehead, and Malachi Dameron; and the 4 x 400 team of Fitzgerald, Nehemiah Ray, Morg, and Moorehead.
Ronan Dolan was the top point scorer, winning both the long jump and triple jump, as well as finishing 2nd in the 400. Third place finishes came from Iraci in both the 60 and the 200, Ray in the 400, Dameron in the high jump, and Morg in the 800.
The varsity team placed 8th overall. Medalists include the 4 x 800 team of Dan Spellman, Brian McElligott, David Wolf and Tommy Gleeson; along with Zach Wareyko in the shot put; both earned 3rd place finishes.
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the track and field team competed in the Thornton Invite. The Crusaders were champions at the frosh-soph level, beating runner-up Eisenhower 100-47.
Giacomo Iraci won the 300m dash in a frosh-soph school record time and also won the 60m dash. Ronan Dolan set the frosh-soph school record for the indoor long jump, won the triple jump, and placed 2nd in the 300. Other event champions include the 4×200 relay team of Malachi Dameron, Jacquez Young, Dwayne Moorehead, and Adrian Campos; Mikey Corcoran in the 600; Liam McElligott in the 60 high hurdles; and Harrison Morg in the 800.
Second place finishes came from Mike Davis in the shot put and the 4×400 team of Morg, Corcoran, Dameron and Joe Eloby. The varsity team placed 4th, only two points out of second. Event champions were Brian McElligott in the 600 and Dan Spellman in the 1600.
The team will compete in the ICOPS Invite at Lewis University on Sunday, February 25.
On Friday night, the Track & Field team competed in the IHSA Sectional meet at Lyons Township. It was a great night for the Crusaders who placed 3rd as a team.
Jim Baker is a 2-time state qualifier, as he was the sectional champion in the long jump and leaped into second place in the triple jump on his last attempt. The 4×200 team of Rob Groyon, Michael Butler-Kindle, Ronan Dolan, & Ty McCoy just missed the school record, but ran well enough to finish second and punch their ticket to the state meet.
Sophomore Justin Palmer ran another personal best in the 300 hurdles and had a fantastic finish to his race earning him second place and a state meet birth. The Crusaders ended the night in thrilling fashion by capturing second place in the 4×4 with the team of Palmer, McCoy, Tommy Gleeson, and Butler-Kindle.
On Saturday the Track & Field team placed 6th in the Catholic League Championship.
The top performance of the day came from Jim Baker who took second in the triple jump with a new personal best and a state qualifying mark.
Third place finishes came from the 4×1 team of Rob Groyon, Michael Butler-Kindle, Baker, and Ty McCoy, the 4×2 team of Groyon, Josh Boulanger, Ronan Dolan and McCoy, Zach Wareyko in the shot put, and Justin Palmer in the 300 hurdles. Boulanger also had a a big jump to capture fourth place in the triple jump.
This Friday the team will compete at the Lyons Township IHSA sectional for the right to qualify for the state meet.
The frosh/soph track & field team capped off a dominant season by defending their indoor title and winning the Catholic League championship on Thursday, May 4, 2017. It’s the 3rd title in the last five years.
The Crusaders scored 115 points, beating runner-up Providence by 25 points. Ty McCoy was the 400m champion and the team of Justin Palmer, Giacomo Iraci, Tommy Gleeson, and Dylan Summers sealed the win by taking the 4×4 crown in the last event of the day. Palmer also had a couple of 2nd place finishes in both the high hurdles and intermediate hurdle races. Iraci and Summers were also part of the 3rd place 4×1 along with Jessi Plunkett and Ronan Dolan, as well as the 2nd place 4×2 with Tre Gladney and Malachi Dameron.
Third place finishes came from Jayshon Means in the high jump, Darren Evans in 300 hurdles, Zach Wareyko in the shot put, Gleeson in the 800 and McCoy in the 200. Other medalists were John McGlynn in the shot put and discus and Dominic Murphy in the pole vault. he varsity team will compete at Thornridge on Friday, May 5.