Hou, Coronel Take Home Individual Titles at CPL Championships; Eagles Trophy at all Levels for Fourth Straight YearWednesday, October 25 2017 - Ruben Coronel
For the fourth time in as many years, the Eagles kicked off their post-season by earning trophies at all four levels contested at the Chicago Public League Championships at a rain soaked Washington Park. Postponed by forty-eight hours due to heavy storms, the traditional opener to championship season was moved to Monday evening instead.
In both races, Jones placed five runners in the top ten, placing 1-2-6-7-9 at the freshmen level and 1-2-4-5-9 in the JV division, to secure commanding wins.
At the varsity level, the Eagles lost a heartbreaker to miss the title by two points, despite an impressive full team performance. For the first time in program history, and the only team in this year's race to do so, all seven Jones runners finished in the top fifteen (and 6 in the top twelve) to take home All-City honors, going 6-7-8-9-11-12-15, with six of seven runners under the 15:54 mark. Unfortunately, despite a fifth, sixth and seventh man that were 42, 37 and 24 seconds ahead of any other team’s fifth man, respectively, the small field size up front only provided an eight point advantage in the nearly minute gap, which was a challenge that proved to be too big for the Eagles to overcome. Jones' top-five once again ran a strong pack race with a tight ten second split (and twenty-eight second 1-7 split).
In another close, but tough fought race, Jones’ bid for an impressive seventh straight Sophomore City Championship also came up slightly short. Doing all they could in the front of the race, Sophomores Anthony Maida and Baito Sarkiss secured top-five finishes in second and fifth, respectively, while classmate Matthew Lagges also took home All-City honors in fifteenth. Sophomore Eric Hinch also posted a breakout race to step-up as Jones' fourth man, finishing with a nearly thirty second 'PR' in 17:40 for eighteenth place, while Colin Greiner rounded out the scoring for the Eagles in nineteenth. Despite strong runs, the Eagles came up just short to a talented Lane Tech pack, but held on for a second place team finish to at least remain on the podium for another year.