Prep pulse: July 30, 2018

Prep pulse: July 30, 2018

What is an Illinois prep track and field athlete to do after the IHSA season comes to an end in May?

Plenty of training options exist, but various locals signed up for something unique with the Champaign-based Vipers Track Club.

Some of that group's youngsters last week headed to Irwin Belk Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. Their mission: Bring home some hardware from the USA Track and Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships.

And there was success in that regard.

Athletes from area schools came together to give the Vipers a fourth-place showing in the 3,200-meter relay Tuesday and a sixth-place effort in the 1,600 relay Sunday, both within the men's 17-18 division.

In the lengthier of the two contests, recent Danville graduates Phillip Hall and Sincere Davis paired with Vikings rising senior Quemarii Williams and St. Thomas More rising senior Bobby Kapolnek for a time of 8 minutes, 2.93 seconds.

But Hall, a future Illini, and Williams weren't done there. They grouped up with Ridgeview/Lexington rising senior Mason Barr and Savion Larkins to post a clocking of 3:16.03 in the 1,600 relay.

Some of these Vipers representatives made their mark at the IHSA state meet a couple months ago. Barr helped the Mustangs to the boys' Class 1A state championship, while Hall and Williams each competed on the 3A stage in an individual event and a relay.

Congratulations are in order for all of the local track and field stars — male and female — who traveled east for this national showcase. Regardless of their outcomes, competing in a meet of this caliber is something that can't be overlooked.