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Prospect again stellar at Buffalo Grove invitation

The Prospect boys’ track team has quite a punch in the 100-meter event in Jack Berman and Aidan Orlando.

Saturday at the Buffalo Grove Invitational, the juniors put on one of their usual efforts, and when the two crossed the finish line, it was impossible to determine who had won.

Then the official results were released, showing Berman having just edged his teammate 11.19 to 11.21 to take first.

And according to the two runners, it seems like every time they race, they alternate between first and second place.

“He got me this time, I got him last time,” Orlando said with a laugh. “Towards the end of the race I started to catch him a bit but it wasn’t enough.”

Orlando added that he and Berman have been friends and teammates for some time, through elementary and high schools from Windsor to Arlington Heights, and now with the Knights.

“It’s a great little rivalry we have,” Berman said. “We are really trying to go faster.

“I wanted to do a bit better with my weather today, but it was a bit cold here, so I didn’t expect a PR of the season. I felt like (the start) was a bit longer than normal, felt a bit stiff but came out pretty good. (Orlando) was catching me and I just managed to stay ahead.”


Prospects coach Jay Renaud said he appreciates the duo being here for one more season after this campaign.

“It’s good that we have them for another year,” said Renaud. “They’re two solid kids, great kids, and obviously they’re very quick. They actually run a bunch of different events for us, but we’re limiting the events a bit because we have the Mid-Suburban East meet on Tuesday. “

The Knights won Saturday’s event with 173 points. Glenbrook South was second with 158 and New Trier third with 152.

Knights eldest Sean Beihoffer crossed the finish line first in the 200m in 22.85, while schoolmate Clayton Kemp won the shot put and the discus.

Prospect’s Bryce Tuchner (15.08) won the 110m hurdles, and the Knights 4x200m relay team took first place.

Prospect’s Luke Holtmeier won the triple jump.

Glenbrook South’s standout day at Grant Blaney Stadium included victories in the 4×400 relay and 4×100 relay, the long jump and 300 hurdles, both by Nathan Shapiro, and the high jump by Noah Shapiro.

Brian Hiltebrand of the Titans clocked 1:59.09 to win the 800m title.

“One of (the other riders) came out and took the lead in the first 200 meters, and I really liked that because it helped hide me from the wind a bit,” said Hiltebrand. “With 150 to go on the first lap I decided to make a move and press the leader. Then he made a move, we were tied, but with 300 to go I was able to make another gesture and seal the race right there.”