Athletics lends itself to exceptional athleticism and versatility.
The famous Red Grange Invitational certainly illuminated the concept during Friday night’s 800 meter race at Wheaton Warrenville South.
Micah Wilson, the reigning Class 3A boys state champion in the 3200 race and cross country finals, was pitted against reigning Batavia 400 racer Jonah Fallon.
Wilson, bound for Wisconsin, overcame a narrow lead from Fallon in the shooting round and raced home in one minute and 59.28 seconds to rob the Bulldogs leader of their reigning runner-up mile relay by 32 hundredths .
“I don’t run the 800 very often,” Wilson said. “I run the mile (Saturday) night at Palatine. I knew (Fallon) was fast. I wanted to think about my abilities and not about what he would do.”
Batavia held a double-digit lead over North Shore powerhouses Evanston and New Trier at press time as weather issues delayed the conclusion of three field events.
On the track, Aidan Killmer and Reese Young were double winners of the championship steal of the three-division competition in all 14 individual events.
Killmer, a senior from Lake Park, went undefeated in the 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles with times of: 15.69 and: 41.37 respectively.
“There are some amazing athletes at this meet,” Killmer said. “(The sweep) was really good tonight. I felt like I ran a perfect technical run in the 110s.”
Young also emerged victorious in busy fields at 100 and 200 yards taking both dashes with split-second victories over Danny Eloe and Jamie Harris of Naperville North and Waubonsie Valley.
“I just finished well in both races,” said Young, the WW South senior who is the state’s top returnee in the 200 yards.
Young was timed in 10.92 and 22.65 seconds.
Metea Valley sprinter and hurdler extraordinaire Jalen Johnson missed the competition due to knee pain.
“I still need a lot of work (off the blocks),” Young said. “When the weather warms up, I will open a lot more and get better times.”
South Elgin Top Times 400m indoor champion Konrad Sacha won his specialty distance in 50.36 seconds.
“I really wanted to race against the top guys from Batavia and Jalen Johnson to cut my time,” said Sacha.
Waubonsie Valley heavyweight Sam Mika threw the 168-foot, 4-inch drive to join state leaders with his win.