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Batavia and Fallon go for a fast start to the state

CHARLESTON — On a sunless afternoon, Batavia’s Jonah Fallon performed two electric displays at the track on Friday.

Fallon clocked the fastest preliminary time in the Class 3A 400 meters, reaching the boards in 49.13 seconds. Downers Grove South senior Elijah Reed, a northern Illinois football signee, posted the second fastest time (49.76). Fallon also helped Batavia’s 1,600 relay earn a ticket to Saturday’s final by performing the anchor leg (3 minutes, 24.42 seconds).

Batavia’s Jalen Buckley also earned a spot in the triple jump (14.23m) final.

In the 800m, Hinsdale Central’s Daniel Watcke lived up to his placings by posting the second fastest time (1.56.77), while Wheaton North’s Ryan Schreiner also heads to the final after posting a time of 1: 55.01.

Wheaton Warrenville South’s Reece Young, also a standout football player, had a good day, posting the fifth-fastest preliminary time (10.83) to advance to the final. Jalen Johnson of Metea Valley, an NIU football rookie, reached the final in the 110 hurdles in 14.74, despite not running in the 300 hurdles.

Naperville Central’s Maverick Ohle set up for a big performance in the final with a big discus effort (54.32 metres). St. Charles North senior Paolo Gennarelli heads to the discus and shot put finals, and Lake Park’s Lucah Jones advanced to the discus. His teammate Desmond Horton also improved in the triple jump and the long jump.

For more on Saturday’s finals, check out the Sunday sports section.