Boys track and field: Batavia, Fallon off to fast start at state

  • Dundee-Crown's Henry Kennedy competes in the 200-meter dash at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      Dundee-Crown's Henry Kennedy competes in the 200-meter dash at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Micah Wilson sets the pace in the 1,600-meter run at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      St. Charles East's Micah Wilson sets the pace in the 1,600-meter run at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Jalen Jones in the high jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      South Elgin's Jalen Jones in the high jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee-Crown's Henry Kennedy takes the stick from teammate Diego Farias in the 400-meter relay at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      Dundee-Crown's Henry Kennedy takes the stick from teammate Diego Farias in the 400-meter relay at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Jalen Buckley in the triple jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      Batavia's Jalen Buckley in the triple jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Water shivers off the bar as Huntley's McHale Hood knocks it off the standards in the high jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      Water shivers off the bar as Huntley's McHale Hood knocks it off the standards in the high jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Jaheim Vincent competes in the triple jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      Larkin's Jaheim Vincent competes in the triple jump at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Jonah Fallon competes in the 400-meter run at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday.

      Batavia's Jonah Fallon competes in the 400-meter run at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Andrew Gerke and Jalen Buckley lose control of the baton and are disqualified in the 800-meter relay at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022.

      Batavia's Andrew Gerke and Jalen Buckley lose control of the baton and are disqualified in the 800-meter relay at the preliminary qualifying events in the IHSA Class 3A state boys track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, May 27, 2022. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald Reports
Updated 5/27/2022 11:14 PM

CHARLESTON -- On an afternoon without a ray of sunshine, Batavia's Jonah Fallon turned in two electric displays on the track on Friday.

Fallon clocked the top preliminary time in the Class 3A 400-meter dash, hitting the tape in 49.13 seconds. Downers Grove South senior Elijah Reed, a Northern Illinois football signee, notched the second-fastest time (49.76). Fallon also helped Batavia's 1,600 relay punch a ticket to Saturday's finals by running the anchor leg (3 minutes, 24.42 seconds).

 

Batavia's Jalen Buckley also earned a spot in the finals in the triple jump (14.23 meters).

In the 800, Hinsdale Central's Daniel Watcke lived up to his seedings by earning the second-best time (1.56.77), while Wheaton North's Ryan Schreiner also is headed to the finals after posting a time of 1:55.01.

Wheaton Warrenville South's Reece Young, also a standout football player, had a strong day, notching the fifth-fastest prelim time (10.83) to make the finals. Metea Valley's Jalen Johnson, an NIU football recruit, reached the finals in the 110 hurdles in a time of 14.74, though he did not run in the 300 hurdles.

Naperville Central's Maverick Ohle set himself up for a big showing in the finals with a strong effort in the discus (54.32 meters). St. Charles North senior Paolo Gennarelli is headed to the finals in the discus and shot put, and Lake Park's Lucah Jones advanced in the discus. Teammate Desmond Horton also advanced in the triple jump and long jump.

For much more on Saturday's finals, see Sunday's sports section.

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