FLOSSMOOR | In a meet featuring the likes of track and field powerhouses Thornwood and Homewood-Flossmoor, along with several other strong out-of-area schools, Crete-Monee came into Saturday’s Dick Beebe Track Classic at Homewood-Flossmoor flying under the radar.
Going forward, it won’t be easy to do that again. The Warriors amassed 100 points and won four events to hold off second place St. Ignatius’ 94 points.
Leading the way in the win was Elijah Douglas, who won both the 110 hurdles (14.75) and the long jump (21 feet, nine inches).
Douglas’ hurdles win came after the Warriors were disqualified from the 400 relay when one of the members dropped the baton. Douglas also admitted he hadn’t long jumped for three weeks and felt a little rusty.
“For the hurdles, I attacked it,” Douglas said. “I was angry about the (400 relay) when we dropped the baton. It kind of made me upset, so I attacked it to see if I could get a good time.”
Warriors coach Brian O’Donnell praised both Douglas and Quentin Nash, who won the 400 in 50.01 seconds. The Warriors also ended the meet by winning the 1,600 relay (3:22.31), in which Nash was the anchor.
“We were in contention to win this meet because of what (Douglas) was able to bring to the table,” O’Donnell said. “We’re kind of below the radar, but I think people are starting to take notice. (Nash) is looking very good. He’s very focused.”
Merrillville, the lone Indiana school participating in the meet, finished ninth with 57 points. The Pirates were at a disadvantage due to not competing in the triple jump, an event that isn’t contested in Indiana track meets.
The Pirates still managed a win as Raqib Cox took the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, five inches.
“It was pretty good for me,” Cox said. “I really wasn’t planning on throwing it like that, but I came out and did what I had to. When I kicked back and started my glide, I knew then it was going to be a good throw.”
Thornwood placed fifth with 70 points, as Eric Maymon won the pole vault (13 feet, six inches).
Homewood-Flossmoor got a win from Matt Anyiwo in the 800 (1:54.63), as the Vikings placed sixth with 67 points.