Boys Track Earns Another All-State Honor

"It was four years in the making."

The four runners with their medals.

Photographed by Alex Behle '16

The four runners with their medals.

Renee Jacoby '15, Associate Editor

Four boys, Mark Protsiv ’15, Will Sarchet ’15, Kyle Maloney ’15, and Arthur Santoro ’17, placed sixth in the 3200m at the IHSA State Finals this past weekend.

Jones Track and Field participates in the largest division, class 3A. Placing sixth awarded them All-State Honor, meaning they are one of the best teams in the state. All-State Honor is awarded to the top nine relay teams in the 3200m.  Sarchet said, “It was very gratifying. We worked really hard and it paid off. The schools we were competing with are at least double our size and have tracks and better facilities.”

Before qualifying for the State Finals, the relay team set the 14th fastest time in the nation for the 3200m during sectionals. This time,  7:48.55, is now the the 22nd fastest in the nation for this specific relay. Protsiv said, ” It was four years in the making. We are the first Jones 3200m team to make it to the finals and become all-state.”

This was the seventh consecutive year that the Jones boys track team advanced to State Finals.

The relay is available for viewing online at:  http://il.milesplit.com/meets/209914/videos/?id=92783#.VW3N5NLF8uc

Jones runners are wearing white tops and navy blue shorts.