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Midwest Distance Gala

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Illinois Benedictine University, Lisle IL

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Rob Finnerty MN 4:01.09 for Full Mile!!!

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  • Rob Finnerty MN delivers a crushing US#1, #7 all-time 4:01.09 for full mile!!!
  • Tommy Brinn MI surprises Mat Smoody IL and Andrew Perkins WI with 1:51.07 800 winner
  • Bobby Nicolls CO takes 9:03.04 2M

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Midwest Distance Gala 2008 - 6/14/2008

Event 10 Girls 800 Meter Run --B--SECTION
GALA RECORD: R 2:10.27 2007 Ashley Verplank, Bloomington,IL
Name Year Team Finals
1 Samantha Hsieh Troy, MI 2:17.16
2 Maggie Gannon Hampshire, IL 2:18.94
3 Jamie Burr Onalaska, WI 2:20.11
4 Colleen McNulty Chicago, IL 2:23.82
5 Jackie Groshek Onalaska, WI 2:26.41

Event 11 Boys 800 Meter Run --B--SECTION
GALA RECORD: R 1:50.17 2007 Andrew Perkins, Juneau,WI
Name Year Team Finals
1 Tim Hucke Hartland, WI 1:54.32
2 Tyler King Lakeville, MN 1:54.34
3 Ryan Shannon Elmhusrt, IL 1:55.01
4 Alex Lyons LaGrange, IL 1:55.40
5 Christian Brandstetter McMurray, PA 1:56.62
6 Chris Higgins Geneva, IL 1:57.95
7 Marc Presley Aurora, IL 1:58.41
8 Erik Solberg Arlington Heights, 1:58.89
9 Angelos Karkalis Mt.Prospect, IL 1:59.14
10 Tyler Russell Yukon, OK 2:00.17
11 Alex Lugo Sioux Falls, SD 2:01.25

Event 13 Boys 1 Mile Run --C--SECTION
GALA RECORD: R 4:07.00 2007 Evan Jager, Algonquin,IL
Name Year Team Finals
1 Peter Callahan Evanston, IL 4:16.25
2 Alex Shields Fishers, IN 4:19.58
3 Cale Allen Fishers, IN 4:20.10
4 Evan Ross Port Washington, WI 4:23.45
5 Kyle Smiley New Carlisle, IN 4:24.58
6 Robert Kleber Fort Wayne, IN 4:27.65
7 Dan Roth Onalaska, WI 4:28.40
8 Tyler Stegman Fishers, IN 4:29.67
9 Photis Karkalis Mt. Prospect, IL 4:35.44
10 Logan Rosenberg Carmel, IN 4:44.08

Event 12 Boys 1 Mile Run --B--SECTION
GALA RECORD: R 4:07.00 2007 Evan Jager, Algonquin,IL
Name Year Team Finals
1 Daniel Docherty Saint Paul, MN 4:17.61
2 Anthony Manfrin Sleepy Hollow, IL 4:19.98
3 Ladd Mercer Bristol, IN 4:21.68
4 Mike Strasser St. Charles, IL 4:21.69
5 Scott Speare St. Charles, IL 4:26.67
6 James Yau Troy, MI 4:27.38
7 Max Clink Elburn, IL 4:29.78
8 Drew Hickey Geneva, IL 4:36.23

Event 6 Boys 2000 Meter Steeplechase
GALA RECORD: R 6:21.43 2007 Aaron Goble, Mustang,OK
Name Year Team Finals
1 Ben Steavenson Ann Arbor, MI 6:15.39R
2 Mahmoud Bahrani Vernon Hills, IL 6:18.20R
3 Gerardo Perez Lake Zurich, IL 6:21.56
4 Aaron Goble Mustang, OK 6:29.60
5 Will Stafstrom DeKalb, IL 6:39.83
6 Mickey Stott Lake Zurich, IL 6:47.59
7 Yonatan Mascote Dekalb, IL 6:53.54
8 Andrew Morrison Lake Zurich, IL 6:55.16
9 Kevin Meyer Hampshire, IL 6:58.45
10 Scott Knewitz Burlington, IL 7:40.87

Event 5 Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase PRO
GALA RECORD: R 8:34.31 2007 Haron Lagat, Sante Fe,NM
Name Year Team Finals
1 Anderson Smith Boulder, CO 8:34.04R
2 Michael Spence Ogden, UT 8:43.65
3 Macharia Yuot Chester, PA 8:47.88
4 Jason Rengo Blaine, MN 8:58.86
5 Jacek Kafel Chicago, IL 9:05.23
6 Justin Lutz Framingham, MA 9:09.95
7 Robert Mandje Boulder, CO 9:15.19
8 Ryan Miles Golden, CO 9:17.25
9 Billy Herman San Diego, CA 9:20.06
10 Joe Parks Crystal Lake, IL 9:29.69

Event 7 Girls 2 Mile Run
Name Year Team Finals
1 Emily Sisson Omaha, NE 10:38.68
2 Michelle Moriset Troy, MI 11:00.65
3 Erin LaFave Troy, MI 11:08.72
4 Kristin Sutherland Orland Park, IL 11:16.01
5 Tiffany Kincaid Clarkston, MI 11:44.32

Event 9 Boys 1 Mile Run FRESHMAN
GALA RECORD: R 4:33.49 2007 Tim Marr, Buffalo Grove,IL
Name Year Team Finals
1 Ryan Mitsos Mokena, IL 4:30.44R
2 Chris Walden Carmel, IN 4:32.93R
3 Josh Millares Fishers, IN 4:35.23
4 Jack Driggs Elmhurst, IL 4:36.67
5 John Sokolik Bettendorf, IA 4:41.78
6 Scott Stanley Indianapolis, IN 4:43.84
7 Ron Hedman Elmhurst, IL 4:44.65
8 Andy Carroll Yukon, OK 4:45.07
9 Connor Bartel Geneva, IL 4:48.09
10 Nicholas Gornick Elmhurst, IL 4:50.75
11 Tom Hedman Elmhurst, IL 4:53.24

Event 8 Boys 2 Mile Run
GALA RECORD: R 9:04.20 2007 De'Sean Turner, Indianapolis,IN
Name Year Team Finals
1 Bobby Nicolls Parker, CO 9:03.04R
2 Graham Bazell Columbia, MD 9:04.55
3 Bobby Aprill Dexter, MI 9:07.36
4 Elliot Krause Appleton, WI 9:19.25
5 Bill Kogel Sioux Falls, SD 9:26.92
6 Andrew Larsen Glen Ellyn, IL 9:27.87
7 Scott Friedlander Deerfield, IL 9:31.76
8 Danny Nicolls Parker, CO 9:36.63
9 Rich Eber Oak Lawn, IL 9:55.67
10 Bryan Winek Naperville, IL 10:14.34

Event 1 Girls 800 Meter Run
GALA RECORD: R 2:10.27 2007 Ashley Verplank, Bloomington,IL
Name Year Team Finals
1 Jami Hill Onalaksa, WI 2:09.14R
2 Monica Kinney Walker, MI 2:12.89
3 Ellen Dougherty Moville, IA 2:13.04
4 Ann Tank Dodgeville, WI 2:15.14
5 Annette Eichenberger West Chicago, IL 2:15.66
6 Dayna White Saint Charles, IL 2:16.39
7 Franki Adamski Troy, MI 2:17.16
8 Lizzie Wendt Hubertus, WI 2:18.00
9 Andrea Sielicki Germantown, WI 2:18.04
10 Devyn Thompson Chicago, IL 2:18.40

Event 3 Girls 1 Mile Run GALA
GALA RECORD: R 4:52.94 2005 Jenny Morgan, Clarkston,MI
Name Year Team Finals
1 Ashley Verplank Bloomington, IL 4:57.30
2 Katherine Adams Marengo, IL 5:01.28
3 Alexandra Leptich Ann Arbor, MI 5:02.39
4 Kristen Smith Clarkston, MI 5:04.05
5 Lindsay Flanagan Roselle, IL 5:07.62
6 Maddie Hibshmann Onalaska, WI 5:14.59
7 Mary Mellen Michigan City, IN 5:25.53

Event 2 Boys 800 Meter Run
GALA RECORD: R 1:50.17 2007 Andrew Perkins, Juneau,WI
Name Year Team Finals
1 Tommy Brinn Elmhurst, IL 1:51.07
2 Mathew Smoody Palatine, IL 1:51.73
3 Andrew Perkins Juneau, WI 1:52.14
4 Sean Wiggan WB Valley, IL 1:52.96
5 Ned Brady Saint Paul, MN 1:53.04
6 Graham Farnsworth Wheaton, IL 1:53.41
7 Randall Babb Wheaton, IL 1:53.56
8 Jeff Stapleton Addison, IL 1:54.06
9 Barry Wilkins Indianapolis, IN 1:54.19

Event 4 Boys 1 Mile Run GALA
GALA RECORD: R 4:07.00 2007 Evan Jager, Algonquin,IL
Name Year Team Finals
1 Robert Finnerty Burnsville, MN 4:01.09R
2 Jordan Carlson Rosemount, MN 4:07.18
3 Drew Shields Fishers, IN 4:09.64
4 Danny Neff Vandalia, OH 4:11.74
5 Keegan Calmes Wind Lake, WI 4:13.28
6 Andrew Nelson Geneva, IL 4:14.43
7 Michael Atchoo Troy, MI 4:15.74
8 Ryan Phebus South Elgin, IL 4:19.00
9 Taylor Morgan Portland, OR 4:19.77
10 Blake Irwin Bettendorf, IA 4:32.47
11 Geoff Wilhelmy La Crosse, WI 4:33.12
-- Chris DeSilva St. Charles, IL DNF

Midwest Distance Gala Preview

By Tony Jones

The 4th Annual MWDG opens the post-season this weekend in Illinois distance-wise and it should be a treat. Prep stars from around the country- some as far away as Colorado will converge on the grounds of Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.


-Boy event previews-

Boys’ 800m-

Key villains: Mat Smoody (Palatine H.S.; Palatine, Il); Andrew Perkins (Juneau, Wis); Randall Babb (Wheaton-Warrenville South H.S.; Wheaton, Il); Graham Farmsworth (Wheaton North H.S.; Wheaton, Il); Obai Hussein (Rosemont H.S.; Rosemont, MN); Tommy Brinn (Otsego, MI)

Outlook: Smoody was one of the best kept secrets in Illinois until he blazed a 1:50.70 come from behind state championship victory several weeks ago. Although this will be his initial post-season competition he should have his hands full. That’s because Perkins is a seasoned veteran of out of season affairs. He has a 1:49.xx best and will seek to run faster. By the way, he has the meet record of 1:50.17 from last year. But don’t count out a very fast pace in a loaded field. Late add Brinn has got great leg speed (48.2-400m). Babb and Hussein won’t play the Caboose role as this is their chance for glory. Farnsworth ran well in the Senior All-Star meet last weekend.

Meet record chance: Yes. If the sometimes tricky Illinois weather cooperates, the record may be history.

Boys One Mile Run-

Key villains: Rob Finnerty (Burnsville H.S.; Burnsville, MN); Chris DeSilva (St. Charles North H.S.; St. Charles, Il); Jordan Carlson; Rosemount H.S.; Rosemount, MN); Francisco “Tito” Medrano (Lafayette Jeff H.S.; Lafayette, IN); Drew Shields (Fishers H.S.; Fishers, IN); Blake Irvin (Pleasant Valley H.S.; Bettendorf, IA); Michael Atchoo (Troy, MI); Danny Neff (Vandalia-Butler H.S.; Vandalia, OH); Nick Holmes (Limestone H.S.; Bartonville, Il)

Outlook: this is a strong field loaded top to bottom with solid times. Finnerty and Carlson will duel once more. Finnerty got the best of Carlson at the Minnesota state meet last weekend by a few tenths. How this one will play out depends on who sets the early pace. DeSilva is a potential 4:10 miler if he can stay on his feet. He fell at the Illinois state meet prelim and never finished. He is determined to run in the 4:10 range after posting a 4:12 career best. Shields is the Hoosier state champion and a front runner with good all-around talent. Holmes is another athlete with solid credentials. Hopefully, he can find the solid time (4:10) he produced during the regular season.

Meet record chance: probable. Evan Jager (Algonquin, IL- 4:07.00). The talent is here with several runners who have 4:06-4:07 pb’s.

Boys Two-Mile Run-

Key villains: Bobby Aprill (Dexter H.S.; Dexter, MI); Francisco “Tito” Medrano (Lafayette Jeff H.S.; Lafayette, IN); Chris Aldrich (PA); Elliot Krause (Appleton H.S.; Appleton, WI); Graham Bazell (Columbia, MD); Devin Allbaugh (Bettendorf, IA); Bobby Nicolls (Regis Jesuit H.S.; Aurora, CO)

Outlook: it appears most of the studs will be running the mile but the field is still good. Aprill may have the advantage over Medrano (if he doubles) and Nicolls. Nicolls is no stranger to Illinois soil as he participated in several Prospect Invites and a notable run in this year’s Palatine Invitational. Depending on the pace times could range from 8:55-9:05 for the winner.

Meet record chance: possible. De’Sean Turner- Indianapolis, IN-9:04.20).


-Girls’ event previews-

Girls’ 800-

Key starlets: Annette Eichelberger (West Chicago H.S.); Ellen Dougherty (Sioux City, IA); Ann Tank (Dodgeville, WI); Elisha Crawley (Decatur MacArthur H.S.; Decatur, IL); Jami Hill (Onalaska, WI)

Outlook: defending champion Ashley Verplank is running the mile but still a good field. Most of the girls competing have comparable PB’s and that will play a big factor in how fast times can and will be. Eichelberger, just a soph, has emerged as one of the best middle-distance runners in Illinois. She will be a front runner. Crawley has been up and down this season. She just missed qualifying for the 800 final at Illinois but is a solid runner. Hill placed second at Wisconsin state championships in the 800. She reportedly ran 2:11.0 on her team’s 4x8r this season. Look for all-around talented athlete Dougherty to impress. She has run 2:11.5 this year and will be among the favorites.

Meet record chance: slight chance. Ashley Verplank 2:10.27.

Girls Mile-

Key starlets: Ashley Verplank (Bloomington H.S.; Bloomington IL); Kristen Smith (Clarkston H.S.; Clarkston, MI); Lindsay Flannagan (Lake Park H.S.; Roselle, IL); Alexandra Leptich (Saline, MI).

Outlook: Verplank appears to be the class here. In her final high school race for the mile, she will be going for the all-time best for an Illinois girl (4:46.1). Hopefully, the small compliment of girls will challenge. On paper, no has run under 5:00. Verplank has a season best of 4:51.

Meet record chance: very good. Jenny Morgan (Clarkston, MI) 4:52.95.

Girls Two-Mile-

Key starlets: Emily Sisson (Omaha, NE); Kristen Sutherland (Sandburg H.S.; Orland Park, IL); Valery Burns (Penn H.S.; Mishawaka, IN).

Outlook: this is a new event for 2008 and just a few entries. Sutherland is Illinois champion and Sisson is Nebraska champion. Sisson has a best of 10:21. She is also a veteran of post-season affairs.