NAC Track & Field Championships

Kroc Center, Chicago (Apr 30, 2016)  -  Bulls Prep won the outright Varsity Girls title and shared the Varsity Boys title with DRW.  Weather conditions were less than ideal, but student-athletes across nine Noble campuses persevered and answered every challenge through wind, rain and cold to make this meet the next in line of top-notch NAC championships.

Bulls Prep coach, Kate Lilley, utilized deeply talented teams in both the Varsity Boys and Girls competitions.  Their boy's squad hit the board for points in 12 out of the 13 events and showed their balance by accumulating 41 points in the field events (Long Jump, Triple Jump and Shot Put).  They had a total of 21 individual athletes and relay teams earn points toward their championship.  On the girls side, Bulls Prep accumulated points in every event and placed athletes in the top 3 in 10 of the 12 events.  A total of 17 athletes earned points for Bulls Prep in their dominating march to the championship.

Lilley reflected on the championships by saying, "The meet was truly a team effort.  We only won two individual events, so it was the points earned finishing 6th instead of 7th or 3rd instead of 4th in events that made a difference."  Lilley continued, "We graduated a really strong class last year.  It has been exciting to see the younger athletes step up athletically and as leaders."

Bulls Prep: 2016 NAC Varsity Girls Track & Field Champions & Varsity Boys Co-Champions

Speer, comprised of only freshman and sophomores, and Muchin rounded out the top three in the Varsity Girls team competition.  These two teams dominated the distance events, combining to win the 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 4x400m and 4x800m Relays.

Hansberry Senior, D'Aiyress Lewis-Mayfield, was crowned fastest female in the Noble Network with her win in the 100m.  She was clocked at 13.79 and stated, "One of my biggest goals this season was to be better than myself, for I am my biggest competition, and I look to get faster and beat my previous times every race I run."

Speer Academy: 2016 NAC Varsity Girls Track & Field Runners-Up

Muchin College Prep: 2016 NAC Varsity Girls Track & Field Third Place

DRW took a different route than Bulls Prep on their way to the Varsity Boys co-championship.  They utilized an elite squad of athletes to earn podium finishes in an astounding 11 of the 12 events in which they had entries.  They won five events (200m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 4x800m Relay), had five seconds (400m, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay, Long Jump, Shot Put) and one third place finish (4x200m Relay).  Junior twins Artemas and Tyreese Ray accounted for four of the five DRW wins (800m, 1600m, 3200m, 4x800m Relay) and ran legs for the second place 4x400m Relay team to contribute a total of 52 points to the overall team score.  

When asked about the twins performance, Coach Lashaun Crosby commented, "It has been a joy the entire season working with these two young men. The twins joined our team this year a little anxious because of their lack of track and field experience. Over the course of the season they showed great dedication and commitment. They began cross country training early in the fall, and simply just wanted to join a sport for the first time and have fun."  Artemas summed it up by saying, "I think I was made to run track."

Going forward, with an abundance of young talent, DRW is looking to make some noise at both the city and state level.  Crosby commented, "Our vision is to develop a team comprised of student-athletes that have a passion for track and field.  In addition to enjoying the social aspect of track & field, we hope to foster a sense of commitment and dedication amongst all of our athletes.  We hope to attract more athletes at DRW that share an interest to compete and hope to develop a solid track & field program that produces collegiate runners and IHSA state qualifiers."  With underclassman like the Ray twins, Tevin James and freshman Devinn Owens, the future is bright for DRW Track & Field.  Owens reflected on the season and his 200m championship by saying, “I am glad that we came together as a team. I was a little nervous running varsity as a freshmen but I am glad that my coach pushed me to do so. Winning the 200 meter dash gave me the confidence that I needed to push myself even more.”

DRW College Prep: 2016 NAC Varsity Boys Track & Field Co-Champions

Traditional NAC, CPS and IHSA power, Johnson College Prep, finished a strong third with 99 points, sweeping the jumps and winning the 400m, 4x200m Relay and 4x400m Relay.  Senior Jacoby Johnson was a part of three of the wins, individually in the 400m and running a leg in both the 4x200m and 4x400m Relays.

Johnson College Prep: 2016 NAC Varsity Boys Track & Field Third Place

Varsity Girls Team Standings

Champions: Bulls Prep (108)

2nd Place: Speer (90)

3rd Place: Muchin (66)

Varsity Girls Individual Champions

  • 100m D'Aiyress Lewis-Mayfield (Hansberry)
  • 200m Layla Wilks (Johnson)
  • 400m Nya Jackson (Speer)
  • 800m Natalya Clay (Muchin)
  • 1600m Vanessa Roa (Muchin)
  • 3200m Cynthia Presa (Speer)
  • Long Jump: Amari Tyler (Bulls Prep)
  • Shot Put: Kayla Brantly (Speer)
  • 4x100m Johnson (Anderson/Wilks/Dansberry/Washington)
  • 4x200m Johnson (Tyler/Wilks/Dansberry/Washington)
  • 4x400m Speer (Aucaquizhpi/Jackson/Guerra/Miramontes)
  • 4x800m Speer (Aucaquizhpi/Flores/Miramontes/Presa)

Varsity Boys Team Standings

Champions: Bulls Prep & DRW (110)

3rd Place: Johnson (99)

Varsity Boys Individual Champions

  • 100m Dajuan Bell (Comer) 
  • 200m Devinn Owens (DRW) 
  • 400m Jacoby Johnson (Johnson)
  • 800m Tyreese Ray (DRW) 
  • 1600m Artemas Ray (DRW) 
  • 3200m Artemas Ray (DRW)
  • Long Jump-Jabriel Grimes (Johnson) 
  • Triple Jump-Jabriel Grimes (Johnson) 
  • Shot Put-Jalanni Matthews (Bulls)
  • 4x100m Comer (Stonewall/Simpson/Abdullateef/Bell) 
  • 4x200m Johnson (Johnson/Simpson/Walker/March)
  • 4x400m Johnson (Johnson/Simpson/Grimes/Walker) 
  • 4x800m DRW (Ray/Ray/Patton/Wooten)

NAC Track & Field Championships (Complete Results):