Evanston runners earned three runnerup finishes Saturday at the Illinois Top Times Class 3A indoor invitational track meet held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
The meet serves as the climax to the indoor season and in many instances matches the elite runners who’ll meet again at the outdoor Illinois High School Association state finals.
Enyaeva Michelin, Evanston’s lone entry in the girls competition, placed a close second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 18.86 seconds to the 2:18.77 posted by winner Jenna Diers of Lincoln-Way East.
Wildkit senior Brad Garron settled for runnerup honors in the 200 dash against Plainfield North rising star Marcellus Moore. Moore, who also captured the meet title in the 60 meter hurdles, edged out Garron by a margin of 22.13 to 22.21 even though Garron turned in his fastest time of the year.
Garron also teamed up with Brian Daniels, Oluwashola Oluleye and Sacrad Michelin for 2nd place in the 800 relay. Evanston’s time of 1:31.54, a season best for the Kits, trailed only Crete-Monee’s winning effort of 1:31.43. The two teams competed in separate heats.
Also competing for ETHS were Trey Dawkins, 6th in the shot put at 53 feet, 0.5 inches; Christian Nielsen, 7th in the shot at 51-8.25; Jonathan Wilburn, 7th in the triple jump at 44 feet even; Logan Singer, 7th in the 800 in a season best 1:e59.09; and Daniels, 12th in the long jump with a best jump of 19-1.75. Daniels was eliminated in his heat of the 60 hurdles when he hit a hurdle and didn’t finish the race.
Evanston also scored a 10th place finish in the 1600 relay, where the unit of Michael Henry, Daniels, Singer and Garron was clocked in 3:31.81.
Dennis Mahoney is sports information director for ETHS.