Check out our five athletes to watch in boys track and field this season:
Zach Albrecht, Jacobs, sr.
Albrecht really opened eyes last spring when he broke former McHenry runner Jesse Reiser’s McHenry County Meet 1,600 meters record with a 4:13.25. Albrecht also won the Fox Valley Conference 1,600, but he got sick the week of the Class 3A sectionals and did not get to run the 1,600 at state. He is primed for a big senior season and will run cross country and track at Bradley next year.
Grant Jensen, Prairie Ridge, sr.
Jensen won the county meet and FVC titles in the 800 meters and went on to take fourth at the Class 3A state meet with a career-best 1:54.29. He has qualified for state in the 800 three times and won his first medal last year. He is looking for another strong season and will run at Illinois next year.
Antonio Passarelli, Huntley, jr.
Huntley’s sprinters have put up remarkable results in recent years and have won medals in the 4x100 relay at the Class 3A state meet for three consecutive years. Passarelli now has the opportunity to step into the lead role in that group with Eric Mooney graduated. He won the 60 meters at the FVC indoor meet and led off the seventh-place 4x100 relay last year at state. Zach Tepper and Ron Noll also return from that group.
Finn Schirmer, Marengo, jr.
Schirmer’s sophomore season will be difficult to top – he had three firsts and one second at the Class 2A Richmond-Burton Sectional, then took third in the 200 and fourths in the 110 high hurdles and 100 meters at state. The Northwest Herald Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year will add the 300 intermediate hurdles to his list this season.
Adam Swanson, Dundee-Crown, sr.
Swanson anchored the Chargers’ 4x800 relay team that finished third in the Class 3A state meet last year. Anthony Hurgoi, Joey DeVita and Jorge Hernandez graduated from the 4x800 team, so Swanson will concentrate his efforts on the 800 and 1,600. He will run at Eastern Illinois University next year.