The HuntFriday, April 29 2022 - Hunt Invitational
There are always four meets that standout during the course of the season on the Wildcats’ schedule, IHSA State Finals, IHSA Sectionals, SPC Championship, and The Hunt. The teams only co-ed meet featuring the four Plainfield High Schools a chance for bragging rights, but more importantly a chance to celebrate track and field in Plainfield.
Thursday’s edition of The Hunt was an incredible night that saw some amazing performances. The field events got things going when we had our best combined finish with Derek McClinon taking 2nd in the long jump in his second ever attempt at the event and Chris Frazier taking 4th. Jay Coyler took 3rd in the shot put with a 4 centimeter PR. Jesse Perez and Maaz Zaidi also both PRd in the discus. Michael Kabore cleared opening height in his 3rd day ever doing high jump.
The sprinters had a great night as well Bryan Underwood ran a 1 second PR in the 300 hurdlers to take 3rd overall. Ethan Obeng ran double PRs in the 100 and 200 and is now the 3rd fastest in the 200 at PHS in the last 10 years. Aaron Larkins PRd in both the 100 and the 200. Will Dotson and Christian Crowder both PRd in the 400. Gavin Schnowske ran nearly a 2 second PR in the 200 to break both 26 and 25 for the first time. DJ Pearson also ran a great PR.
The distance crew put together some great doubles and triples on the night. Paul DeAvila and Mike Forbear both came back from the 4x8 to take 5th and 6th in the 1600. Tyler Schick ran a PR in the 1600 and now is our 4th fastest miler on the season. Patrick Kacena ran the 4x800 and 800 double and PRd in both events. Alex Rojo stepped down to the 400 and ran a PR after a PR leg in the 4x800. Cam Mulyk also ran PR in the open 800.
The open mile produced 5 PR times to kick off the running events. Tyler Weir led the way in 5:09 and then Jayson Matula in 5:10. Justin Matula ran 5:23 and Aiden Fannin broke 5:30 for the first time running 5:27. Adrian Castillo rounded out the PRs with a sub 5:45 effort.
The relays delivered 4 for 4 season best times with the 4x800 breaking 8:10 and getting second behind great running from all 4 guys, Paul DeAvila made a gutsy effort with a closing 2:00.3 anchor carry. The 4x100 got the stick around smooth and ran a season best as they continue to build chemistry. The 4x200 was adventure to say the least, but it still resulted in a season best and then the distance 4x400 of Mulyk, Forbear, Rojo and DeAvila ran a season best as well.
The last note for the meet was a big shout out to all the seniors! It was my privilege to get to announce and honor a remarkable group of young men who have left a lasting impact on the Wildcat program.