Category Archives: Meet Openings

2013 Midwest Distance Festival meet moving to Lisle

Benedictine University Finish Line

The 2nd annual Midwest Distance Festival will have a new home in 2013.

I am pleased to announce that the Midwest Distance Festival will take place on June 8, 2013 on the campus of Benedictine University at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, IL.

After the 2012 meet was completed, I evaluated how the meet went along with feedback from athletes, coaches, parents, and fans. The conclusion that I came up with was the best prospect for this meet to grow was to move it to the facilities at Benedictine University. It has nothing to do with the Joliet Memorial Stadium track. I would like to thank the staff of St. Francis University, the City of Joliet, and the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association for the hospitality for the meet last June.

Another change is the meet day is being moved from Friday night to Saturday night. For the 2012 meet, I did receive some concerns that the meet was on a Friday night and people were having trouble getting to the meet site by the first race. The other concern that I had last year is that the meet lost at least 10 athletes who could not compete on Friday night because they were involved in ACT testing the next morning. ACT testing will be held on the morning of the meet. I am hoping that the change of date will work for more athletes that may have the same conflict.

I was pleased with the fields that we had for the meet considering there was only 3 weeks to organize the meet. I was happy with the quality of the boy’s races last year. I was happy with the quality of the girl’s races, but not the size of the fields in those races. As the meet director, that is my fault. One of my big goals for 2013 is to have high quality fields in any of the girls race that we will be holding.

Nine states were represented last year in the inaugural meet. We are looking for more states to be represented at the Midwest Distance Festival this June.

As of now, the events for the meet will remain the same.

Boys: 2k steeplechase, Freshman mile, 800 meters, 1 mile run, 2 mile run

Girls: 800 Meter Run, 1 Mile run

All: Open  5k

If you have any suggestions for additional events, you can e-mail me at

Future announcements will be forthcoming as we get closer to the meet. The meet website we hope to have running by the beginning of February along with the meet entry standards. There is a Facebook page (Midwest Distance Festival) where you can watch for future announcements.

I look forward to seeing you  all in Lisle on June 8, 2013 for the 2nd running of the Midwest Distance Festival!

Michael Newman

MDF Meet Director


Meet Opening: Wheaton-Warrenville South Girls Invitational

The Wheaton Warrenville South girls track & field program is looking to add two teams to its 23rd Annual Wheaton Warrenville South Invitational. This year’s meet will be held on Friday, April 12th and will be competed at both the varsity and junior varsity levels.

There are two (2) entries for individual per level and one (1) entry for relays per level.

Consideration will first be given to teams that can provide full entries in all the events.

We have a 9-Lane track with full field event facilities that has hosted many conference and sectional meets.

If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Rob Harvey, Head Girls’ Track & Field Coach, at

Meet Opening: Geneva VanDeveer Invitational

Geneva High School would like to extend an invitation for teams to join Geneva’s VanDeveer Invitational on Saturday, April 13th.

The invitational is a Co-Ed meet that has Boys’ Varsity, Boys’ F/S, and Girls’ Varsity levels.

For the GIRLS’ events, 3 individuals can be entered for each individual event.  Co-Ed teams joining would be ideal, but we will also accept either boys or girls only.

Our track has been recently renovated and expanded from 6 lanes to 8, and we have brand new surfaces for the pole vault and high jump.

Please contact Peter Raak at  if interested in joining this invitational.

Meet Opening – Eastern Relays – Louisville KY

28th annual Eastern Relays Track MeetSpring 2013 | April 26th and 27thUniversity of Louisville Cardinal Park Track
Coaches, I am proud to invite you to the 28thannual Eastern Relays Track meet. The Eastern Relays draws strong teams and  individuals from KY, IN, OH, TN, WV, and IL. I invite you to consider bringing your best to the University of Louisville Cardinal Park for a great meet.If you plan to attend please send an email to so that we can include you in future correspondence. See last year’s results ( .Highlights from the 2012 Eastern Relays:

·   Incredible boys 3200m- Jacob Thomson (Holy Cross KY) 8:58, Tsehaye HIluf (Reynoldsburg OH) 9:00.20, Nick Vogele (Anderson OH) 9:01.88, Conner Sorrells (Barr Reeve IN) 9:02 82, 10 total at 9:17 or faster.

·   Boys 800m- Tretez Kinnaird (Butler KY) 1:49.97

·   Girls 800m- Danielle Pfeifer (McAuley OH) 2:12.94, 5 under 2:20

·   Girls 1600m- Katherine Receveur (Assumption KY) 4:56.84, Danielle Pfeifer 4:57.23, 11 girls under 5:15

·   Girls 4x800m- Assumption KY 9:21.43

·   Girls Long Jump- Brianne Brown (North Oldham KY) 18-9

·   Boys 400m Ronnie Baker (Ballard KY) 47.42

·   Boys 100m Ronnie Baker 10.59, James Quick (Trinity KY) 10.78

·   Boys 1600m- Brannon Kidder (Lancaster OH) 4:09.33, Tsehaye HIluf 4:10.27, Jacob Thomson 4:10.69, Nick Vogele 4:12.72, Adrian Ross (Unioto OH) 4:12.91, 18 under 4:25

·   Boy’s Discus- Hunter Harrison (Houston TN) 183-0, Trevor Troutman (Bullitt East KY) 176-3, 8 total over 150’

·   Girls 3200m-  Emily Bean (Assumption KY) 11:05.80, 5 at 11:15 or faster

·   6-8 Boy’s HJ,  Boy’s Shot Put 6 over 50’

2013 Meet ScheduleFriday  (Note: Friday participation not mandatory)6:00 pm        All events are on a rolling schedule

·   800m Sprint Medley Relay (100-100-200-400),

·   Open 1600m (non-scoring, no awards)

·   1600m Sprint Relay (200-200-400-800),

·   Open 100m (non-scoring, no awards)

·   4000m Distance Medley (1200-400-800-1600)

·   3200m

**Other special events may be added Friday at meet management’s discretion.

There are no limits on entry for Friday’s Open events (100m, 1600m), just please be reasonable.


Saturday9:00 am     Coaches Meeting

9:30 am     Field Events begin (rolling schedule)

Pole Vault, Long Jump, Discus (girls first, then boys)

High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put (boys first, then girls)

10:00 am Running Events begin (rolling schedule)

4x800m relay, 100/110m hurdles, 100m dash, 4x200m relay, 1600m run, 4x100m relay, 400m dash, 300m hurdles, 800m run, 200m dash, 2000m Steeplechase, 4x400m relay


Saturday Open Events at DuPont Manual- Non-scoring, no awards, hand-timedManual’s track is one city block from Cardinal Park and they have volunteered to include non-scoring, no award events for athletes who did not qualify for the invitational portion of the meet.  All races at Manual will be on a fixed time schedule so athletes and coaches at UofL can plan accordingly.  The events are 3200m, 400m, and 800m.  The fixed time schedule will be communicated before the meet.  These events, along with Friday’s open events will provide an opportunity for non-qualifiers, relay legs, etc. to be a part of the meet.Track Events: All track events are timed finals.

Field Events: Shot put, discus, long jump, and triple jump will be contested with 3 jumps/throws, with the top 9 athletes advancing to finals.  During the preliminary round, all marks will be measured in the first round.  During the subsequent rounds only marks that exceed the entry standard will be measured.

For the High Jump and Pole Vault the starting height will begin at the entry standard.  Depending on field size we may utilize 5-Alive or multiple pits broken up by entry height.

Entry FeesMake all checks payable to Eastern High SchoolEarly Entry Discount Fee (must be at Eastern by April 1st). $85 per boys’ team entered, $85 per girls’ team entered

Early Individual Entry Fee (must be at Eastern by April 1st). $15 per individual, may run up to 4 events.

Entry Fee (deadline for payment is April 22nd). $100 per boys’ team entered, $100 per girls’ team entered

Individual Entry Fee (deadline for payment is April 22nd). $20 per individual, may run up to 4 events.

Collections Fee if you make payment after thedeadline for an individual or team there will be a $25 collections fee.

There will be no refunds after payments are made. Consider the entry guidelines before entry.


Awards for First, Second, and Third Overall Team. Awards for the top 8 finishers in each individual event.

Awards for the top 3 relays in each relay event. Scoring:  10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for all events

Entry Standards

All entries must be submitted electronically.  Details about entries will be sent out at a later date to all teams who have confirmed intent to participate.

Teams may enter all athletes who meet the entry marks, and all may score.  Entry times should be based on current season performance, not lifetime best or predicted marks.

Only athletes who have achieved the entry standard in 2013 should be entered; those not meeting the mark will not be allowed to compete (if there is an unusual exception for a highly qualified individual please communicate in advance). Open events are open to all performers, no qualifying standards. All teams may enter each relay event.

Girls 100h   19.00 Boys 110h   18.50
100m  13.50 300h   54.50 100m  11.60 300h   46.00
200m  28.25 HJ       4-08.00 200m  24.25 HJ      5-08.00
400m  1:06 LJ       14-00.00 400m  54.00 LJ      19-00.00
800m  2:34 TJ       29-00.00 800m  2:05 TJ      38-00.00
1600m  5:45 Shot Put  27-00.00 1600m  4:48 Shot Put  39-00.00
3200m  13:10 Discus   85-00PV 7-00 3200m  10:30 Discus    110-00PV 10-00

Note that none of the open events or the 2000m Steeplechase have an entry standard, and each team is allowed to enter a relay in every relay event.

An athlete may compete in a maximum of 4 events total between Friday and Saturday.

Entry deadline

Entries should be received by Monday April 22, 2013.  Any entries received after the deadline will be charged an additional $25 fee.  All athletes are assigned a unique competitor number.  There will be a $5 fee for athletes that are not included in the entries that need to be assigned a competitor number on meet day.

Meet Opening – New Meet in Springfield on March 30, 2013.

Springfield High School is hosting a new invite for the 2013 track and field season.  We are interested in adding a few more teams.  As of right now we have Champaign Centinnial, and Normal West.  The meet will be held on Saturday March 30th.  We will have FAT timing. The meet schedule will be a little different and will look as follows.

DMR (1200-400-800-1600)
Sprint Medley (100-100-200-400)

We will have all field events as well.  This would be a great fun meet to start the season.  We are looking to cap the meet at 8 teams.  We have a six lane track, so the ideal number of teams would be 6.

Also this is an open meet with no team scores kept, and unlimited entries in every event.

If you are interested in competing in this meet, please contact :

Trae Cotner
Physical Education
Head Boys Track and Field Coach
Asst. Cross Country Coach
Springfield High School