Boys Distance Squad Kickstart 2014 Indoor Campaign at 'Wolfpack Howl'Sunday, February 16 2014 - Wolfpack Indoor Howl - Arthur Santoro
The race of the night for Jones distance runners was the 1600m run as seven Eagle athletes dipped below the five minute barrier to start the season at host Saint Ignatius' 'Wolfpack Indoor Howl' meet.
Led by Mark Protsiv's second place finish (4:33.3) in the fast heat of the varsity division, the junior was joined in 'Sub-5' territory by senior all-stater Peter Schaible (4:37.7), juniors Kyle Maloney (4:39.4), Tony Solis (4:45.8), Daryl Cordova (4:49.1) and Will Sarchet (4:59.7), as well as sophomore Nikolas Merten (4:54.1). Just missing, but tying his personal best, was freshman Jeremy Adams (5:00.60). Jones took eight of the top ten spots in the race.
Protsiv's time was also good enough to move him to No. 5 all-time in Jones indoor annals while Solis' performance nabbed him the No. 10 spot all-time. Schaible also recorded an indoor personal best (and 7th all time), while Cordova and Merten's marks were overall personal bests. Other highlights at the varsity level were seniors Marty Chappetto (5:04.3) and Marquis Dixon (5:17.6) who recorded, respectively, an all-time and indoor personal record, while sophomore Alex Behle also turned in an indoor personal best (5:02.1).
The Eagles also posted a commanding showing in the frosh-soph division led by sophomores Ethan Barreto (5:03.9) and Cole Hamilton (5:04.2) who finished second and third respectively, with huge personal best times. Freshmen Arthur Santoro (5:17.1) and Will Moran (5:19.6) also made their Jones debuts in fine fashion with strong indoor starts, while sophomore Noah Lazers broke his personal record in the event as well (5:20.5). Jones took home half of the top ten spots.
Not to be overshadowed, the 400m dash also proved fruitful for the distance team with two top-three finishes recorded. Protsiv followed up his impressive indoor best in the mile with an indoor best in the 400m dash as well (:56.44). His time not only earned him a third place finish in the event but also moved him to No. 3 all-time for Jones indoors. At the frosh-soph level, Santoro also came back from an impressive mile run to earn one of only two Jones victories on the day en route to tying the freshman school record at Jones as well (:59.24).
The other Jones victory also came at the frosh-soph level in the 800m run, as sophomore Steven Kruto won the event in 2:22.20, an indoor best. He was joined by two other teammates in the top five as sophomore Michael Tobias finished fourth and freshman Daniel Garcia-Rico clocked a very impressive debut to finish fourth in his first track race as an Eagle.
The entire boys team will be back in action this Friday, February 21, as they head north to Skokie, Ill. for the Niles West City Meet II.