Jacobs pulls away late to claim FVC indoor title

CARPENTERSVILLE – For the first time in five years, a team not named Crystal Lake Central claimed the Fox Valley Conference Boys Indoor Track and Field Meet title.

Jacobs scored 29 points in the meet's final three events to pull away for the championship at Dundee-Crown Wednesday night.

The FVC indoor meet allows team to competitively train and mentally prepare themselves as the more important outdoor season starts in a few weeks. It can also be a good indication of potential event contenders for later in the season.

Jacobs finished with 105 points to claim the indoor title by 17. Huntley ended up in second place with 88 points, while Grayslake Central (86) and CL Central (82) rounded out the top four.

“It’s a nice reward for the guys, we’ve been working hard since the beginning of the season,” Jacobs coach Jason Borhart said. “We just worked on getting better and earning some confidence today, and I think we did that.”  

Jacobs was led by junior Josh Walker who had a good day, but not quite the day he expected. Walker came into the meet expecting to win the 55 meters, the stronger of his two events, but lost to Grayslake North's Titus Booker of one-hundredth of a second. Walker finished with a 6.63, as both sprinters beat the previous meet record.

Walker followed that performance up with a surprising win in the 200 in a personal-best time of 24.24, a meet record.

Junior Ricky Hurley of Cary-Grove set a personal best in the shot put by throwing a 57- 1/2, which earned him the event title. In comparison, Hurley finished seventh in Class 3A at state last year with a throw of 55-03.25. Hurley wants to reach the 60-foot mark by the end of this season.

“I’ve been stuck at 55 feet since the beginning of sophomore year, but I took a different approach today and it worked out,” Hurley said. “My goal for the year is to get to 60 feet by not trying to be the best every time and slowing down by not worrying about little things.”

Central seniors Nick Amato and Ryan Pitner combined to account for 38 of Central’s 82 points. Amato and Pitner were a part of a 4x800 relay team that finished 11th at state last year in the 4x800.

Amato won Tuesday’s only event, the pole vault, with a 12-0 mark, then followed it up Wednesday with another victory in the 800 (2:04.93). Pitner took home first in the 3,200 with a time of 9:58.21, and later added a second-place finish in the 1,600 (4:38.26).

“I thought my performances today were good, but I’m always looking for improvement,” Pitner said. “I hope we develop our guys as the season goes to possibly get back to state again.”

McHenry junior Jesse Reiser, a potential favorite in both the 3,200 and 1,600, did not participate at the meet, as he continues the process of recovering from a lengthy cross country season.

McHenry’s Kyle Postal competed in the high jump, despite the fact he has only truly practiced and competed once for the event thus far. There was no sign of rust as Postal posted the top jump at 6-4 to win, just off his high of last season.

The meet may have helped Postal take the edge off as he prepares to compete in Class 4A 3-Point Showdown in Peoria on Thursday.

“I wasn’t really expecting this result today with not competing much thus far,” Postal said. “It was a good distraction for tomorrow, just moving around and getting my blood flowing doing something else.”