CARPENTERSVILLE – The concept of indoor track and field is to provide solid training, along with some competition, to prepare athletes for the outdoor season, which is taken much more seriously.
Yet in Crystal Lake Central’s case, the Fox Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Meet, hosted by Dundee-Crown, means a little more than it does to other teams.
“We’ve won this three years in a row and we wanted a four-peat,” senior Isaiah Mosher said. “We wanted to continue our dominant tradition.”
Mosher took part in three victories – the 55 meters, long jump and 4x400 relay – and the Tigers finished with 1031/2 points, 17 ahead of second-place Huntley on Wednesday at the D-C Fieldhouse.
“You’re trying to win it, but you don’t want to get anyone injured,” Central coach Brian Seaver said. “Our kids take a lot of pride in winning it. They think we’re the best and we should win.”
Mosher set an indoor school record with his 21-3 effort in the long jump. He saluted the effort of Tyler Thomas anchoring the winning 4x400 relay to finish the meet.
“Tyler got shoved down in the open 400 and it irritated his bad ankle,” Mosher said. “I put that win on him.”
Seaver also mentioned Nick Amato, who ran a 2:01 split with the winning 4x800 team and also took second in the 800 and fifth in pole vault.
Prairie Ridge’s Joe Cowlin, who recently committed to Illinois, won the 3,200 and 1,600 races for 20 of the Wolves’ 26 points.
“That was my goal all week, to win them both,” Cowlin said. “I just let the races play out tactically and then went for the win in both of them.”
McHenry’s Nate Richartz won the pole vault at 14-0, but has had limited workouts between playing hockey and his school not having a place to practice vaulting indoors.
“Honestly, I was a little disappointed, I wanted to get that next height (14-6), but I haven’t had as much of a chance to practice, so it’s not so bad,” said Richartz, who took sixth in Class 3A state last year. “I’m looking to get up to at least 16-0 this year.”
Richartz recently committed to Notre Dame, although he will be a walk-on. He said most of the scholarship money was aimed at sprinters and as a one-event competitor, he will not receive athletic money, at least to start his career. He did make an official visit and attended a football game with the coaches in the fall.
Cary-Grove sophomore Ricky Hurley almost had his longest career throw – 55-5 – on his final attempt, but he lost his balance and stepped out of the ring at the last moment. He smiled, knowing he had unleashed a big throw.
“That would have been my farthest throw ever,” Hurley said. “I pushed off my right foot and went forward, I didn’t push up my chest enough. So I know I can fix it next time.”
Hurley spent the summer and fall lifting weights to get stronger and did some throwing with C-G’s double state champion Josh Freeman before Freeman left for college at Southern Illinois University.
“I had my sights set on 50, then on 55,” Hurley said. “Now, I know I can get to 55, so I’ll move it to 60.”