CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry junior Jesse Reiser chatted with former Jacobs runner William Hennessey after finishing the 1,600 meters at the Fox Valley Conference Boys Track and Field Meet.
Hennessey, who just completed his sophomore season at Marquette, likely figured he would congratulate Reiser for breaking his record in the 1,600, but Reiser came up .29 seconds short.
Reiser still had plenty to celebrate Friday night at Crystal Lake Central’s Owen Metcalf Field, having set the 3,200 meters record and by helping his team to an upset of Huntley. The Warriors finished with 103 1/2 points, while Huntley was second with 89. The Red Raiders finished 37 points ahead of McHenry last month to win the McHenry County Meet.
“I’m happy with my meet,” said Reiser, who ran a meet-record 9:02.41 in the 3,200. “I just missed William’s record, but it lives to see another day.”
Reiser and Hennessey actually trained together last summer after meeting at former Belvidere North runner Tyler Yunk’s graduation party. Reiser said they plan on running together again this summer.
Aside from Reiser’s wins, the Warriors got firsts from Evan Hying in the 800 and Kyle Postal in the high jump. Joe Schmitt took third in the 100 high hurdles, Michael Hahndorf was third in the 1,600, Jordan Johnson was third in the triple jump and Corey Lersch tied for third in the high jump. It was McHenry’s fourth FVC title in six years.
“The kids showed up and were ready to perform,” McHenry coach Dennis Hutchinson said. “We outperformed our seeds in almost everything. We felt we left some points there at the county meet and knew we could be close today. We had to have some help.”
Huntley suffered a blow when junior Brennan Bell clipped a hurdle and fell while leading the 300 intermediate hurdles. Bell had earlier won the 110 high hurdles.
Hying won the 800 in 1:55.17, almost 2 seconds better than his previous career-best.
“We thought we could give them some competition and, if we outperformed our seeds, maybe we could win,” Hying said. “I knew there would be great competition here, with all the [Nos.] 1 through 6 seeds were 2 seconds apart. I knew I’d do well if I stuck with [Crystal Lake South’s David] Lenzini. With 250 meters left, I just kicked it with all I had.”
Cary-Grove’s Ricky Hurley won the shot put and discus, although he attempted only one throw in the shot put. Hurley threw 53-9 1/2 in the shot put and 176-5 in the discus. Hurley said his middle and ring fingers on his right (throwing) hand have been hurting for more than a month. A doctor called it tendinitis and he is uncertain if he will throw shot at all in next week’s Class 3A Huntley Sectional.
“The coaches wouldn’t let me out of it today,” Hurley said. “My hand was hurting in the shot and it carried over a little bit to discus, then it warmed up.”
Dundee-Crown’s Malik Dunner, T.J. Moss, Sam Franckowiak and Austin White won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Crystal Lake South sophomore Brandon Dahl won the pole vault with his career-best of 13-9. The Gators also won the 4x800 with Drew Kopfman, Kyle Radosevich, Jon Prus and Lenzini.
Cary-Grove’s Brad Wolter won the 400 and Michael Saxon won the 300 hurdles. They teamed with Daniel Speer and Joey Klawitter to win the 4x400.