Boys Track: Darvell Harris dominates for Dunbar at St Ignatius Sectional5/17/12 River Forest
Oak Park River Forest's Malachy Schrobilgen leads the pack inthe second lap of the 3200 meter run at the sectional track meet at Concordia College on Thursday, May 17th. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Darvell Harris figured Dunbar’s sprint relays had some room for improvement after the Public League meet, and he was right.
“We got my brother (Travon) back for the second leg,” Darvell Harris said. “We’re feeling pretty comfortable now.”
And it showed on Thursday during the Class 3A St. Ignatius Sectional at Concordia University in River Forest. Darvell Harris anchored the Mighty Men to dominant wins in the 400- and 800-meter relays and was an easy winner in the 200.
There’s a reason Dunbar is so successful in those relays, according to Harris. “In practice, the only thing we do is 200s,” he said. “If anybody doesn’t make their (goal) time, they do it over.”
The Mighty Men ran season-best times in both relays, going 41.96 in the 400 and 1:27.71 in the 800 with the same team in each of Claudis Williams, Travon Harris, Dion Williams and Darvell Harris. Darvell Harris then cruised to victory in the 200 in 21.41, while Williams won the 100 in 11.10.
St. Ignatius held off Brother Rice 98-87 for the team title, thanks to sweeps from distance ace Jack Keelan and sophomore hurdler Conor Dunham.
Keelan won the 3,200 in 9:18.65 and came back to win the 1,600 in 4:23.65, so apparently the workload of running the distance double wasn’t a problem. “This is like one of the first times I’ve ever done one,” he said. “It didn’t affect me too much.”
Keelan was as happy to see teammate Chris Korabik advance as the 1,600 runner-up as he was with his own wins. “I tried to pull him along,” Keelan said. “It was an honest pace. We thought if he was in there (down the stretch), he would come through.”
Dunham took the 110 hurdles in 15.05 and the 300s in 38.99. “My goal was sub-40,” he said. “I was racing against Imiani Payton (of North Lawndale). We raced before and he got me. This was like my second chance, I guess.”
Young’s Logan Means won the 800 (2:01.02) and ran on the Dolphins’ first-place 3,200 relay team.