Fair
10°FFairFull Forecast

Hooker leads Sycamore to 2nd at Gib Seegers Classic

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:12 p.m. CST
Caption
Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com Sycamore's Dion Hooker races down the track followed by teammate Kevin Maillefer in the finals of the 100-meter dash Friday at the Sycamore Gib Seegers Classic for boys track and field.

SYCAMORE – Dion Hooker said his legs felt like jello as he crouched into the blocks for the 200-meter dash final in the Gib Seegers Classic on Friday.

The Sycamore sophomore had won the 400 just a few events earlier, coasting to victory with a time of 52.08 second. That came after he won the 100 going away and also ran the 100 and 200 preliminaries.

“I felt really tired,” Hooker said. “Finishing that 400 and not having that much time in between, that’s tough.”

Tired legs or not, Hooker showed he was a cut above the field, charging through the finish line with a time of 22.98, beating the second-place finisher by more than a half second.

Hooker, the area’s best finisher, led the Spartans to second place in the meet, finishing 4.66 points ahead of fourth-place DeKalb. Sycamore also had standout finishes on the track in the 3,200, where Mark Stice and Adam Millburg finished second and third, as well as the 800, where Alex Handel finished second.

Field events, though, are where the Spartans made up valuable points, with a few athletes finishing higher than their seed. Matt Perrson came into the day seeded fifth in the pole vault, but he leapt three spots to finish second with a vault of 11 feet, 9 inches. Logan Wright finished third in the high jump with a leap of 6-1, and Evan Short was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 46-3.

“It’s a little bit disappointing to finish in second place, but I’ll take it,” Sycamore coach Pete Piccony said. “[The field events] gave us some points that weren’t expected. … We had points that we left out on the track, I’ll admit that. But at the same time, we had some good performances.”

DeKalb was in the running until late in the meet, and finished with its best score in several years, coach Tim Holt said. DeKalb’s relays, distance runners and Lee Parrish’s first- and second-place finishes in the 300 and 110 hurdles led the Barbs to the strong finish.

DeKalb junior Misha Ryzhov led off the running events by winning the 3,200 with a time of 9:44. Marc Dubrick finished third in the 800 and closed out the tough middle-distance double with a second-place finish in the 1.600.

DeKalb finished second in the 4x100 and fifth in the 4x200 and 4x400. Parrish was the Barbs’ top individual performer, coming back from a disappointing second-place finish in the 110 hurdles to win the 300 hurdles.

“It was nice to be in the meet all the way until the end,” Holt said. “It would have been nice to walk away with the win.”

Previous Page|1|2|Next Page

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

Nov. 24 Rod Carey press conference

More videos »

Reader Poll

Are you going to go shopping today?
Yes
No
I already have