Anchor Dana Sullivan likened Glenbrook North’s victory in the 4×400 relay to a “walk in the park.”
It was that easy.
In the final race of the CSL North Boys Track and Field Meet at Highland Park High School’s Wolters Field on May 12, Sullivan teamed up with Luke Amen, Ari Bosse and Michael Ocasek and blew by everyone to win by nearly five seconds (3:31.95).
The same can be said of Hannah Wilson’s performance in the Class 3A Loyola Academy Girls Track and Field Sectional Meet on May 11.
She made it look that easy.
The senior star, a University of Wisconsin recruit, claimed the 100 meters in a personal-best time of 12.16. Later on, Wilson blasted to a first-place finish in the 200 meters (25.02).
Wilson, who has not lost a 100 or 200 race all season, now will be looking to better her times even more in the IHSA state meet at Charleston on May 19-20. The magnitude of the meet should not be a factor. She placed fifth in the 100 (12.20) and sixth in the 200 (24.91) at the 2016 State Finals.
Wilson was the lone state qualifier for the Spartans, who finished ninth in the sectional with 28 points.
Wilson was part of the 4×100 relay (50.11) which placed fifth. She teamed with Alexandra Michalak, Mary Radziewicz and Leah Matlin.
Other GBN placers included Katherine Doyle in the 400 (6th, 1:00.97), Carly Anderson in the high jump (6th, 8-0) and Annette Clemens in the triple jump (4th, 33-8 ½).
Meanwhile, GBN’s boys squad took fourth (82 points) in the CSL North Meet behind Deerfield (177), Vernon Hills (109) and Highland Park (101).
Some key injuries, according to GBN head coach Scott Lasky, hurt his team’s chances for a better finish.
But, the coach added: “Winning [the 4×400 relay] was a nice end result.”
The 4×400 is shaping up as one of GBN’s top entries.
“We’ve rotated six or seven guys in,” said Lasky.
There’s depth. And there’s some true talent, starting with Amen.
The senior standout, a three-sport athlete, was a two-time league champ. Earlier in the night, he raced to a first-place showing in the 400 meters (51.49), out-running teammate Josh Prupes (52.56).
Amen said that he would try to walk on to the track and field team at Dartmouth University next season.
“I’ve talked to the coaches,” he said. “They know who I am.”
In that 4×400, Amen ran leadoff leg — out of necessity.
“I was the only one with sprinter’s experience,” he said.
“It went well tonight,” Amen added. “But we definitely can do better.”
Sullivan, a sophomore, looked strong in the final lap. He didn’t give an inch after receiving his exchange from Ocasek.
“Luke gave us a solid lead, Ari kept it going and Michael sealed the deal,” said Sullivan. “When I got the baton, it felt it was a walk in the park.”
Much like the 400 freestyle relay in swimming, the 4×400 has a way of being a crowd pleaser.
“It’s fun, intense and fast,” said Sullivan.
GBN’s other champ was junior Kyle Foley. He won the 800 in 1:59.42.
Other contributors included Nick Duelfer in the pole vault (3rd, 12-7), Joel Zimmerman in the long jump (4th, 19-0 ¾), Marek Wasilczuk in the triple jump (4th, 39-5) and high jump (4th, 5-9), Kwonsung Lee in the 300 hurdles (4th, 45.11) and Michael Lee in the 3200 (10:21.62).