Roundup: Leyden places second at own invitational
Leyden's Taylor Calderon celebrates the Eagles' 400-meter relay victory at the Eagle Invite Friday at West Leyden. Other members of the relay team were Megan Murphy, Alyssa Aiello and Kathy Wojtulewicz. | James C. Svehla~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 20, 2012 8:23AM
The Leyden girls track team turned in some strong performances in placing second Friday at its own eight-team Eagle Invite.
Alex Kijowska won the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 0.3 seconds. The Eagles managed two other first-place finishes — the 400 relay of Megan Murphy, Taylor Calderon, Alyssa Aiello and Kathy Wojtulewicz in 52.48; and the 3200 relay of Danyle Segura, Murphy, Kijowska and Christa Pitts in 10:18.
Second places came from Stephanie Dominguez in the 300 hurdles (:50.88) and the 1600 relay of Calderon, Dominguez, Kijowska and Wojtulewicz, which finished in 4:15.
“I’m proud of our overall team effort, and I am encouraged going into a very tough meet at Glenbard East on Saturday,” Leyden coach Brent Dempsey said.
Morton took the top spot with 137 points. The Eagles totaled 92 points, followed by Fenwick (68), Trinity (61), Fenton (58), Addison Trail (37), Elmwood Park (32) and St. Joseph (12).
A shortage of offense was the Leyden baseball team’s biggest problem Saturday in a 5-0, 4-1 doubleheader loss to visiting Hinsdale South, which dropped the Eagles to 1-4 in West Suburban Conference Gold Division play.
The doubleheader loss made for an 0-3 week for the Eagles (8-6 overall), who also were shut out April 10 by Oak Park-River Forest, 5-0.
“We are struggling with our hitting right now, but we just need to hang in there,” said senior Brennan Chillemi. “We have a lot of young guys on the team who are fighting hard. Our pitching has been pretty good; we just have to keep working, and our hitting will come back.”
Leyden coach Rob Hamann agreed with Chillemi’s assessment.
“The pitching has been good,” Hamann said. “We’ve run up against some pretty good pitchers, and we’re leaving runners on base. We need to start getting some timely hits. It can get frustrating for the guys. We don’t want them to start putting pressure on themselves.”
No. 1 pitcher Angel Sanchez (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season in Saturday’s opening game. Hinsdale South’s Emmanuel Morris allowed the Eagles only three hits and struck out eight.
The Eagles took the runner-up spot Saturday when they hosted four other schools in the Big Bear Invite at West Leyden.
West Suburban Gold rival Addison Trail won the competition with 111 points, followed by Leyden (103), Antioch (62), Elmwood Park (56) and Fenton (26).
Highlights for the Eagles were first-place finishes in the 3200-meter relay in 8 minutes, 17.72 seconds by Fabian Cabrera, Paul Bosnyak, Deep Shah and George Johnson; the 400 relay in 44.71 by Ryan Sarno, Frank Habura, Jesse Cano and Krystian Chudoba; 110 high hurdles in 16.36 by Lucas Gimier ; 800 relay in 1:32.60 by Sarno, Mike Lurigio, Cano and Chudoba; the 1,600 run in 4:44. 80 by Nick Avila; the weight man relay in 52.97 by Matt Gniecki, Jesse Lopez, David Flores, and Mikili Konczewski; and a second-place finish in the 1600 relay in 3:35.1 by Cabrera, Shah, Johnson and Bosnyak.
A 3-0 finish at No. 3 doubles by Mike Augello and Bart Miskowiec was the highlight for the Eagles in Saturday’s third-place finish in the four-team Eagle Invite.
Buffalo Grove won the meet with 17 points, followed by Prairie Ridge (13), Leyden (7) and Argo (5).
Leyden dominated action April 12 in a 6-1 West Suburban Conference Gold Division win over Addison Trail.
Winning in singles action for the Eagles were Bart Gagor at No. 1, David Nowicki at No. 2 and Lukasz Kosakowski at No. 3.
Leyden also came out on top at No. 2 doubles with Mike Cardini and Greg Panek, No. 3 doubles with Augello and Miskowiec, and the No. 4 doubles team of Sam Danak and Herbert Vasquez.
Playing at No. 3 singles April 9 against Palatine, Kosakowski was the only winner for the Eagles in a 6-1 nonconference loss.
Coach Matt Figiel said the Eagles had outstanding performances from Angel Bolivar, Daniel Nevarez and Ulisses Rodriguez during a 3-2 outing Saturday in the Streamwood Invite.
Leyden placed fifth in the competition, which was won by St. Francis with a 25-12, 25-15 win in the championship match over Bartlett.