DOLTON | Thornridge's Nick Fizer has one message Thursday for all 2A state final qualifying teams: watch out for the Falcons.
The Falcons won the Class 2A Thornridge Sectional over Illiana Christian 103-91. Hillcrest took third with 66 points.
Fizer finished in second place in the 200 meters with a time of 22.16 and helped both the 400 and 800 Thornridge relay teams to second place and qualified both for next week's state finals in Charleston.
"Overall at state, I'm looking to place top four," Fizer said of his 200 meter chances. "I have to give a shout out to my team. We did good today ... just look out for us downstate."
Thornridge's Yemi Ogunbameru qualified for the state finals in the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 14.58 and 38.71.
Ogunbameru will compete with the 400 and 1600 relay teams as well. Ogunbameru was also confident about the Falcons' team chances at state.
"We knew what we had to come out and do," he said. "We had no choice but to win today because this is the meet we've been practicing for. As a team we're going to come in first at state."
Thornridge qualified two triple jumpers after Philip Thompson finished first with a jump of 45 feet, 1 inch and teammate Rashad Barber jumped two inches over the qualifying standard of 43-8 with a jump of 43-10.
"Right now I feel blessed because I've been struggling all day with my ankles," Barber said. "I think if the weather stays good, I could place in the top six at state."
Illiana Christian's Tony and Nick Wondaal finished first and second in the 1,600 and will make the trip to Charleston together.
"It was a hard day for me because I wasn't feeling my best," older brother Tony said. "I was just trying to hold on in that race and get to next week."
Nick, a freshman, gave all the credit to his coaches and family as he makes his first trip to the state finals.
"I'm just happy that I have good coaching and family to help me through the season," Nick said. "Having an older brother is a real blessing. He helps me through everything and paves the pathway."
Illiana Christian sophomore Nick Fiene placed first in the 3,200 meters in 9:47 while Viking freshman Colin DeYoung place second with a 9:48.
"We're hoping to break 9:40 this week but it didn't happen," DeYoung said. "We're looking forward to next week, hoping we can improve our times and place at state."