Updated: 3:55 pm, Sun May 24, 2015.
Minooka made a strong showing at the at the Plainfield North boys track and field Sectional Thursday night at Plainfield Central, advancing 10 events to the state meet that will be held next weekend at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Junior Justin Wolz paced the Indians, winning both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles. He won the 110 hurdles in 14.53 and the 300 hurdles in 39.03.
“I know there is time to drop from that race,” Wolz said after the 300 hurdles. “That is a good thing going into next week. The big thing is how far I have come this season and I have one more meet to show what I’ve got.”
Also advancing in two individual events is Peter Andreano, who the high jump in 6-feet, 7-inches, while he took third in long jump in 22-4. The senior has advanced to state every year in the high jump, while this will be his second trip in long jump.
In other field events, Kevin Lam placed second in the shot put in 53-11, while Ryan Pullara placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 13-9.
Sophomore distance runners Soren Knudsen advanced to state for the first time, as he finished seventh in the 3200 in 9:25.1, advancing on time.
“I had to run a lot of that race by myself,” he said. “I am so happy it went out fast because that is what I needed to qualify. I am going to state as a sophomore, so what more could I ask for? I am so happy, it means so much and you can never take this for granted, no matter how old you are.”
Three Indian relay teams also advanced to the state meet.
The 1600 relay team of Brandon Adams, Nolan Barajas, Matt Dlugopolski and Mike Malinowski placed second in the 1600 relay in 3 minutes, 19.76 seconds.
The 400 relay team of Colin Marchio, Maceo Findlay, Mitch Miller and Victor Turpin placed third in 42.29.
Findlay, Miller and Turpin teamed with Adams to place third in the 800 relay, finishing it in 1:28.94 seconds.
“We worked hard all year for this,” Turpin said. “We believe this is the fastest sectional in the state, so when you can get out here, you are doing good. We have things to fix to place high and we will fix those things before next week.”
• At the Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional, Joliet Central advanced Raul Rosendo who won the 3200 run in 9:33.21, while Jesse Brady placed second in the 800 in 1:59.04.
Derrius Rodgers led the way by winning the 100 (10.86) and 200 (21.85).
• Lockport’s Charlie Robbins was also a champion, winning the shot put with a 51-06 at the Downers South Sectional. Matt Chmielewski also advanced with a put of 51-01.
Wade Walder (12-09) advanced in pole vault as did John Meyer (160-00) in discus and Ryan Brock in 300 hurdles (39.96).
The 400 (42.70) and 800 (1:28.59) relays also advanced.