Hornets’ Binion captures three firsts at WSC Gold championships
Hinsdale South's Manny Dunleavy in the 55 meter hurdles at the Morton West HS's WSC Gold boys track Friday, March. 15, 2013, in Berwyn, Ill. | James C. Svehla~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 2, 2013 9:54PM
BERWYN — Hinsdale South boys track coach Dean Norman wasn’t sure if senior Zach Guritz would be able to compete at the West Suburban Gold indoor meet Friday because of a minor back injury.
Guritz not only competed, but had a career day.
He shattered his personal-best effort in the shot put with a winning throw of 51 feet, 11 inches.
“I’m just so excited because not only is it a (personal best), but I’ve just been improving so much,” Guritz said. “Compared to my last PR, this was more than a two foot increase. The fact that it was all able to come together on this day for conference is really exciting. I’m looking forward to outdoors.”
Downers Grove South capture the indoor conference championship, finishing with 148.50 points to top Morton (113) and Hinsdale South (105). Willowbrook (74), Addison Trail (35.50), Leyden (30) and Proviso East (16) rounded out the field.
Tavaris Binion contributed to three victories to lead the Hornets.
He won the 55-meter dash in 6.59 seconds and teamed with Jake Czjakowski, Greg Danielson and Jawahnn Downing to win the 4x160 relay (1:15.47) and 4x400 relay (3:36.40).
“We competed really well,” Norman said. “The bulk of the team had (personal bests) throughout the day.”
Jonathan Rodriguez took third in the long jump (19-9), while Ryan Sarno finished fourth in the 200 (23.97) and fifth in the 55 (6.72) to pace Leyden.
“For what we did in terms of not having a full squad, I thought we did OK,” Leyden coach Tom Cartwright said. “Obviously I thought the end results would be better, but I’m happy with the guys.”