When Joe McAsey was on the track team at Minooka High School, his method of running the 800 meters was a thing of beauty. He would keep close to the leader until about 200 meters remained, then pick up the pace. Coming out of the final turn, if he was close, no one was going to beat him in the final 100-meter sprint.
It seems that method still works for him, as McAsey, now a member of the University of Illinois track and field team, won the title in the 800 at the Big Ten Championships in May at Purdue University. That earned McAsey a sophomore, a trip to the NCAA Championships at the legendary Hayward Field on the campus of University of Oregon, where he claimed second-team All-America honors by finishing 14th.
“My coach said for me to get out, getting myself in good position,” McAsey said after the Big Ten meet. “I felt great through 400. With 300 to go, a gap opened up, and I just took a chance on the inside and got back in. My coach told me to make it a 100-meter race because I can take anyone with the kick. I just trusted in my kick. I knew my coach believed in me, so I gave it all I had.”
McAsey also was a member of the Illini’s 4x800-meter relay team that finished second at the Big Ten Championships, and earned second-team All-America honors as a member of that team, which took 10th at the NCAA Championships. His efforts at the Big Ten meet also helped the Illini take second as a team, their best finish since 1994.
Morris High School tryouts: For anyone interested in playing golf for Morris High School, tryouts will be at 7 a.m. today through Friday at Morris Country Club. Golfers need to be at the course by 6:45 a.m.
Morris High School practice: Any girls interested in coming out for the MCHS girls tennis team should meet from 9 a.m. to noon today at the MCHS courts for the first day of practice. Make sure all necessary paperwork is turned in to the school nurse to participate in practice.