Athletes were greeted with great weather at last week’s Kane County Meet.
St. Charles North’s Oshay Hodges placed in four events, but the senior was not satisfied with his performance.
“I can do so much better if I’m just injury free,” Hodges said after last Friday’s meet.
Hodges has been battling a heel injury that he suffered while doing the triple jump and the county meet was the first time he had competed in all three jumping events in over three weeks. Hodges is hoping one more week of rest will help him improve his results at Thursday’s Upstate Eight Valley conference meet.
“I’m taking it day-by-day,” Hodges said. “This next week I’ll probably heel up, be better.”
The versatile athlete finished second in the high jump, second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. He was also part of the North Stars’ third-pace finish in the 1600-meter relay along with Zach Kirby, Jack Feeney and Connor Larson.
Hodges did say he was pleasantly surprised with his performance in the high jump. The North Stars’ senior was locked in a tight battle with Marmion’s Peter Stefanski, the defending 2A champion. Hodges and Stefanski both cleared 6 feet, 7 inches, but Stefanski earned first place due to less misses earlier in the competition.
“I was surprised in the high jump because I almost got 6-9 which would have been a personal best. So, I guess I’m just going to take that into next week. I’m pretty sure I can get that (6-9) next week.”
Stefanski and Marmion have been bumped up to 3A this season and they will be competing against St. Charles North in the same sectional, hosted by the North Stars, in two weeks. Hodges, who finished second at the 3A meet last year, welcomes the competition.
“It kind puts pressure on me, because of course I want to go back downstate again,” Hodges said. “So I’m trying to push myself even further and they push me a lot more because I have them to compete against.”
Thanks For The Help
After winning the 400-meters, South Elgin sprinter Jeff Broger made sure to give credit to St. Charles North’s Zach Kirby.
“Actually, there’s one guy that I actually should thank, that St. Charles North dude (Kirby),” Broger said. “He actually gave me a kick. He was gaining up on me, and that gave me that kick to finish through that last 100.”
Broger entered last Friday’s meet hoping to win to win the 400-meters. Winning the 200-meters as well was just icing on the cake for the Storm junior.
“My goal for the day was winning the 400. I was nervous and I didn’t know what to expect out of that 200,” Broger said.
No Practice Makes Perfect?
Devante King of Elgin took home a county championship in the 110-meter hurdles, but the Benedictine-bound senior admitted he wasn’t exactly prepared for that particular race.
“I just winged it actually, I haven’t been able to practice it for two weeks straight,” King said. “We’ve been working on relays, trying to get to state.”
All that relay work showed as King teamed up with Dennis Moore, Terrell Campbell and Derek Moorman to take first place in the 800-meter relay and second in the 400-meter relay.
See You Later, Peter
A year after finishing 10th at state in the 800-meters, St. Charles East’s Jake Mazanke ran the event for the first time this spring and set a personal record (1:53.56). However, the Fighting Saints’ senior was upstaged by Peter Archibald of Geneva, who won the race in Kane County record time (1:52.76).
“Racing against Peter is always fun, he’s a great athlete,” said Mazanke. “It’s a little bit of blow not to win, but it’s not the last time we’ll race. I’m sure come state finals, we’ll be neck and neck again.”
Mazanke will get another crack at Archibald sooner than that – the runners will face off at Thursday’s Upstate Eight River conference meet in Geneva.
Other Notes: Streamwood’s Blake Holder, recovering from a hamstring injury, said he won’t be running any open events at this week’s Upstate Eight River meet. He’s hoping to run the 100-meters, 200-meters, 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay at next week’s sectional. In his first action since early April, Holder ran anchor for the Sabres’ first-place 400-meter relay team at Kane County … Geneva’s winning 3200-meter relay team of Peter Archibald, Michael Bianchina, Justin Davis and Nathan Wendt had never run together before Friday … Burlington Central’s Clint Kliem broke the school record in the 1600-meters by over two seconds. The senior won the event with a time of 4:18.76