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Beecher's Nykaza qualifies for Class 1A 1,600 finals

2012-05-24T22:00:00Z 2014-08-13T22:40:15Z Beecher's Nykaza qualifies for Class 1A 1,600 finalsBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
May 24, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

Beecher junior Grant Nykaza ran the second-fastest time of the day in the 1,600-meter run on Thursday at the IHSA Class 1A state meet at Eastern Illinois University.

Nykaza ran 4 minutes, 22.55 seconds, just behind Monticello's Steve Schroeder (4:21.28). The Beecher junior will compete in Saturday's finals.

Nykaza had the best class 1A sectional time as he ran 4:17.36 at the Seneca Sectional.

Seton Academy had three entries and neither advanced to Saturday's finals. Shaquil Johnson went 18 feet, 9 1/4 inches in the long jump. Teammate Reggie Confer ran 51.30 in the 400 and the Sting's 1,600-meter relay team of Shaqil Jones, Joe Johnson, Darius Caffey and Confer ran 3:35.41.

The Class 2A and 3A semifinals are today with the finals for all three classes on Saturday.

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