Payne does it all for Glenbard SouthGarret Payne of Glenbard South finishes the 400 meter dash with a big gap. Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 30, 2011 11:02PM
Glenbard South’s Garret Payne won the 100 and 400 meters and
anchored the first-place 400 relay Saturday in the Jim Arnold Invitational at Glenbard West.
But the defending Class 2A state champion in the 400 saved his best for last.
Payne carried Glenbard South to the team title, grabbing the baton for the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay and passing five runners to propel the Raiders to first place in the event
(3 minutes, 27.02 seconds) and overall.
‘‘That was one of my best meets I’ve ever had,’’ said Payne, who clocked 10.87 seconds in the 100 and 48.97 seconds in the 400. ‘‘It was just a great day.’’
Glenbard South finished with 78 points to edge Oak Park-River Forest (75) and Lake Park (731/3).
‘‘We needed to win the mile relay to win,’’ Glenbard South coach Andy Preuss said.
‘‘At first I didn’t think I’d be able to catch the other guys,’’ said Payne, whose 48.1-second split was faster than his state-title time (48.25). ‘‘I sort of died out. Then . . . I realized it might be possible. I tried to save more for the end, so I’d have a stronger finish.’’
The Raiders’ Wesley Sanders preceded the 1,600 relay with a victory in the 200 (22.62 seconds).
Zach Ziemek of Lake Park won two events, clearing a personal best of 16 feet, 1 inch in the pole vault and setting a meet record of 49 feet, 21/2 inches in the triple jump.
‘‘I’m real happy because my school record was 16-0,’’ said Ziemek, the defending Class 3A champion in the pole vault. ‘‘I’ve gone for 16-1 four times already this year. It’s been
really bugging me I couldn’t get it. Finally, the stress was released after I got it.’’
Lake Park’s Jeremy Kline won
the shot put with a throw of 63 feet, 3 inches, and twin brother Jermaine, the defending state shot-put champ, won the discus with a throw of 183 feet, 4 inches. Jeremy finished
second in the discus with a throw of 181 feet.
‘‘I wanted to focus more on the discus for a while,’’ Jermaine said.
Batavia’s Rob Mohr won the 110 hurdles in 14.6 seconds. He also took second in the 300 hurdles (39.67 seconds) behind teammate David Voland (39.61).