Football talent on display at WIAA track meet

Victor Reynolds, John Clay, Lance Kendricks, Gabe Carimi and Marcus Wallace will be among the athletes competing Saturday at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association track and field championships in La Crosse

Several of the top class of 2007 football prospects in the state of Wisconsin will be competing in the state track championships Saturday at Memorial Stadium in La Crosse, including Oak Creek athlete Victor Reynolds, Racine Park running back John Clay and Germantown athlete Marcus Wallace.

In competition Friday, Reynolds won a Division 1 state title in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 11 inches.

Reynolds could win four state titles this weekend; he will compete in three events Saturday. He is the defending state champion in the triple jump and a heavy favorite to repeat. He will also compete in the 100-meter dash and the 400 relay.

Reynolds won his heat in the 100 Friday, and is the No. 2 qualifier heading into Saturday's finals. His 11.00 time was just three-hundredths of a second behind the day's top finisher, Milwaukee Marshall's Quentin Luttrell.

Oak Creek's 400 relay, for which Reynolds runs the anchor leg, also won its heat Friday, and is the No. 4 qualifier for Saturday's final, after posting a 42.92.

Joining Reynolds on Oak Creek's 400 relay is sophomore Robert Lee, a running back who is one of the better class of 2008 prospects in Wisconsin. Lee also qualified fifth for the 200 final, with a time of 22.53.

Clay, one of the nation's top football prospects, ran the anchor leg on Park's 400 relay, which qualified seventh with a time of 43.36.

Germantown's Wallace is favored to win three state championships tomorrow, having qualified No. 1 in the open 200 and on the 400 and 1,600 relays.

Wallace won his heat in the 200 in 22.03 seconds, three-hundredths faster than the 22.06 Luttrell posted in winning his heat. Wallace also ran the anchor on Germantown's 400 (42.68) and 1,600 (3:19.74) relays.

Justin Belotti helped Kenosha Bradford qualify for Saturday finals in the 400 and 800 relay. Belotti, a defensive back/wide receiver prospect, ran the anchor on Bradford's 400 relay (qualified ninth in 43.55) and the third leg on the 800 relay (qualified eighth in 1:30.92).

Shoreland Lutheran wide receiver Ben Johnson is seeded No. 13 in the Division 2 long jump, which takes place Saturday.

The Division 2 and 3 competition began at 3 p.m. Friday. Platteville athlete Louis Nzegwu went into the meet slated to run the first leg of the 800 relay, and could qualify for a Saturday final.

University of Wisconsin football signees Lance Kendricks of Milwaukee King and Gabe Carimi of Monona Grove will compete Saturday. Kendricks, the state runner-up in the triple jump last year, is seeded No. 9 in the event this season. Carimi is seeded 15th in the discus.

Diondrae Jenkins, another UW football signee, is an alternate on Racine Park's 800 relay, which qualified sixth.

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