Sandburg boys at the 2014 Illinois Class 3A State Championships. (Photo by Colin Boyle.)
The U.S. No. 2 ranked Sandburg (IL) boys look strong after sweeping the top eight spots at the SWSC Pre-Season Meet on Tuesday afternoon in Channahon Park in Channahon, Ill. Senior Sean Torpy won the race in 15:09.00, as the top five scorers averaged 15:20 and finished within a 21-second spread.
Torpy's twin brother, Chris, placed second in 15:16. Sandburg's top eight runners ran 15:40 or better for three miles.
After the race, the team did a brief jog and workout.
"The focus right now is really just getting fit and ready for the first week of November (Illinois state meet)," Sean said. "We were working pretty hard leading up to the meet so we certainly weren't at our best but there is more to come. Approaching the race we were really focused on working together and being aggressive. There was definitely a good balance between working together and also competing against each other. We really just set out to set the tone for the 2015 season and I think we did a good job with that.
"The focus was definitely there and that's exactly what we needed."
The Eagles look poised to topple two-time defending Illinois state champions Hinsdale Central later this fall, as they return six of seven starters from last year. Sandburg finished runners-up last fall and went on to win NXR Midwest and place 15th at NXN.
Check out the top ten results below and see full results here.
|M Three Mile Run - Finals|
|1||Torpy, Sean||12||Sandburg High School||15:09.00||1|
|2||Torpy, Chris||12||Sandburg High School||15:16.20||2|
|3||Jacobs, Dylan||10||Sandburg High School||15:16.70||3|
|4||Lehnhardt, Max||12||Sandburg High School||15:29.20||4|
|5||Brennan, Tom||12||Sandburg High School||15:30.30||5|
|6||Lukas, Brandon||12||Sandburg High School||15:35.60||6|
|7||Gleisner, David||12||Sandburg High School||15:39.30||7|
|8||Laskero, Dan||12||Sandburg High School||15:40.80||--|
|9||Rosendo, Raul||12||Joliet Central High School||15:41.30||8|
|10||Sieczkowski, Paul||12||Sandburg High School||15:47.00||--|