Illiana Christian has a chance to make some noise yet again at the Class 2A boys outdoor track championships.
The Vikings enter today's state finals with three individuals vying for solo glory after qualifying during Friday's preliminary at Eastern Illinois. Nick Fiene earned a spot in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:24.09 and teammate Nick Wondaal ran the second-fastest time (1:57.42) in the half mile. Colin DeYoung will complete in the 3,200.
Fiene was a member of the 2014 state-winning, record-setting 3,200-meter relay squad.
"It's great for these three because they were apart of the state winning 3,200-meter relay last year," Illiana Christian coach Jeff White said. "Now they're going to try and piece together their own individual title. They're setting pretty good right now. They all had good days and are feeling good.
"We set them up to peak at the right time"
For Wondaal, today's 800 final will offer an opportunity to settle a score with Olympia's Conner Stine, who edged him out by one-hundred tenths of a second at the state indoor championships.
"They've seen these runners before," White said. "(Wondaal) got edged be one-hundred tenth of a second in indoor, so he's seen the competition he's going after. It's going to come down to who has the better evening or rest. Can they do it on back-to-back days, that the big thing?"
T.F. South's Adam Kessler punched his ticket in the shot put for the Class 3A state final with an impressive toss of 56 feet, 5 inches -- fourth best throw of prelims. A senior, Kessler owns the school record at 56-7.
Rival T.F. North came away empty-handed after its 800 relay squad of Patrick Okolo, Jaylen Galloway, Davion Silas and Richardson Adeolu Jr. finished seventh in their respective heat with a time of 1:32.3.
Galloway could've qualified individually in the 300 hurdles, but the junior's time of 42.5 was only fast enough for seventh in his respective heat.