Boys Track: Ridgewood season ends at sectional
Ridgewood's Steve Wrobel competes in the 3200-meter run, during the Lisle Boys Class 2A Sectional track and field meet. | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 2, 2012 8:07AM
Ridgewood junior David Krueger didn’t qualify for the state meet in any of the four events he participated in at Friday’s Lisle Class 2A Sectional, but he gave it his all and gained some valuable experience he hopes to use when he takes another shot next year.
Krueger said he thought his best chance to make it to the state meet was in the discus, but his toss of 86 feet, 10 inches was far short of the state-qualifying mark of 148-0. But even after that disappointment and being unable to meet the standards on the 400- and 1600-meter relays, Krueger had one more opportunity in the 400-meter dash — and he planned to go all out.
He ran in the first heat and finished a close second to heat winner Brandon Johnson, but his time of 55.53 seconds, 15th overall, wasn’t quite good enough to qualify him for the trip downstate since the state qualifier was 50.84.
“I really wanted to qualify in discus, but today just wasn’t my day,” Krueger said. “I had an off day, but this was my first year at the sectional and now I know kind of what to expect. Now I have a lot of time to work on things and hopefully do better next year.
“I knew I had to do something to make up for my off day for discus, so I wanted to do something to make up for that so I decided to leave it all on the track. I came close, not quite, but wait until next year.”
Ridgewood failed to qualify any of its track and field team to compete downstate and was unable to register any points in the sectional that was dominated by Glenbard South with 173 points. Walther Lutheran was a distant second with 66 points, followed by Benet Academy with 59 in the 16-team meet.
“I thought we had a chance to make a better showing in some of the events but it just didn’t happen for us today,” Ridgewood coach Joe Tedeschi said. “I thought we would have some better results from junior Alex Sanchez and senior Daniel Doherty, but it just didn’t turn out like we all would have liked. Alex ran his best time of the season in the 800 with a 2:09.35 but he needed to be under 2 minutes to qualify. I’m still very proud of what these guys and the entire team did all season long.”
Sanchez (5:08.09) and Doherty (5:09.43) were neck-and-neck in the 1600, but neither time was fast enough to advance to state (4:30.44).