HUNTLEY – Huntley sophomore Tim McCloyn did not really have sufficient time to line up his steps for his regular event (the long jump) because he was competing in his new event (the shot put).
That had an effect on McCloyn’s jumping, since he fouled five times in his six attempts. McCloyn, however, made the most of his one good jump with a leap of 21-3 to win the long jump at the McHenry County Track and Field Meet Thursday at Huntley’s Harmony Road Campus Stadium.
McCloyn also finished strong in the shot put, throwing 48-5 1/2 in his final attempt to take third place and help the Red Raiders grab a first-day lead with 54 points. McHenry (46) is in second place with the field events finished. Semifinal races also were held in the 100 and 200 meters and high hurdles on Thursday.
Finals in all races start at 5 p.m. Friday.
Cary-Grove, seeking its sixth consecutive county meet team title, holds a commanding lead with 71 1/2 points, while Huntley (49) is in second.
“In the long jump, I had been thinking too much,” McCloyn said. “I wanted to come in with a clean mind and see what happens. I didn’t have time after coming here from the shot put to mark out my steps because they were running late [in the long jump]. It wasn’t a perfect jump.”
But it was McCloyn’s personal-best jump by 9 inches. McCloyn, who is 6-foot, 203 pounds and plays football, took up shot put just this season after picking it up and throwing in practice. Huntley throws coach Chris Maxedon immediately realized McCloyn had potential and started working with him.
“He had a great day in two very, very different areas,” Huntley coach Jim Rolando said. “We were trying to help him get a feel [for the approach] with the odd combination of field events. We just went off his mark he had previously.”
C-G’s Ricky Hurley won the shot put and discus, despite battling pain in his right (throwing) hand in the shot put. Harvard’s Zach Martin won the triple jump and took fourth in the long jump. Crystal Lake Central’s Nick Amato won the pole vault and McHenry’s Kyle Postal won the high jump.
Martin went 43-1 1/2 to win the triple jump, nearly 2 feet longer than his career-best jump last year. It broke Justin Cahill’s school record of 41-3.
“There’s a lot of adrenaline here, with all the big teams,” Martin said. “The wind was at our back a little bit. I’ve only been in track for two years, but [the school record] was one of my main goals.”
C-G’s Nikki Freeman and Olivia Roehri finished 1-2 in the discus and Erika Sternard and Nicole Robins were 1-2 in the high jump as the Trojans scored twice in five of the six field events. Roehri also took second in the shot put.
Huntley’s Macy Tramblay won the triple jump with her career-best jump by 10 inches at 36-7. The Raiders’ Delaney Lyman won the long jump at 17-4 1/2.
“I didn’t think I had a chance of winning,” said Tramblay, a junior who was also fourth in high jump. “I have a lot of events in regular meets, but today when I got done with high jump there was just triple jump and I was able to get everything together. It’s an exciting feeling.”
Tramblay also will be the top seed in the 100 high hurdles and with Huntley’s 4x400 relay team.