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Palatine honors Nalley, then wins his annual relays

Midway through the 89th Palatine Relays on Saturday, a tribute was paid to retired Pirates athletics coach John Nalley.

That’s when the sun broke through what had been a dreary, rainy morning at Chic Anderson Stadium during which 13 boys’ teams and 12 girls’ teams had navigated and negotiated their way through the weather.

Even more special than the sun was the appearance of Nalley’s family highlighted by her parents, Carlin and Nancy.

They had moved to Lisle from Kansas 56 years ago, planting roots in the community they had served with Nancy as an elementary school teacher while Carlin embarked on a 30-year career starting as a teacher at Lisle High School and then as an DA. before retiring as district superintendent in 1998.

Together they inspired their son.

“Without a doubt. That’s why I’m doing this,” John Nalley said. “When I was young, I used to go out and mark the track with him. He threw me.”

His last team palate could give even more memories before the end of this season as they did on Saturday, as they took tag team title honors by earning a placement in all 20 events. The Pirates won gold in seven events, amassing 157 points, which puts them comfortably ahead of runner-up Schaumburg (89) and third-place finisher Portage, Ind. (88).

It’s the 27th time a Pirate team has won top team honors and the first since 2017.

“It’s a special week. The Relais du Palatine for our children means something,” Nalley said. “It’s a special group of seniors this year and they paved the way for our young talent. It was just a lot of fun.”


Along with relay wins in the 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800, they got a win from senior Mukal Verma in the 3200 (9:36.64). The Southern Indiana rookie beat junior teammate Mason Krieg (9:37.06) and fellow senior palate Tyler Murphy (9:55.63) in a 1-2-3 finish.

Iowa football rookie Jacob Bostick took the long jump honors 22-5 3/4 while senior Pirate teammates Jhermari Mary and Kieran Maude traded the top two positions in the throw of the weight and disc.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh-bound Maude took first place in the first with a 52-1 1/4 shot beating Mabry’s 50-4 while he returned the favor with a 165-3 top round in the disc beating Maude’s 139-6.

Mabry, who is still deciding between a trio of Division II and III schools in which to pursue his athletic and academic career, has impressed his team looking to do their best as they head into the MSL conference in a few weeks.

“We try to make every encounter the best,” Mabry said. “We knew we had a goal. We wanted to score in all 20 events of Nalley’s last stints. He’s a great guy.”