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Plainfield South track team possesses skills and smarts

Mitchell Wolff (white headband) hopes to lead Plainfield South to a third straight top 10 finish in the state track and field meet. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Mitchell Wolff (white headband) hopes to lead Plainfield South to a third straight top 10 finish in the state track and field meet. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

It’s not a requirement for the Plainfield South boys track and field team to have a National Honor Society president on its squad.

But in the past three years, the Cougars have had an NHS president competing. In 2010, it was sprinter Chris Eurich. Last year, it was hurdler Troy Meehan.

This year’s it’s hurdler Mitchell Wolff, who is not only a leader in the classroom but owner of the top times in the state, according to the Dyestat service.

Cougars coach Jason Crowe is happy to have some top students on his squad.

“Obviously, that’s one of the things we stress to the kids – academics first,” Crowe said. “Academics and character go a long way in anything you do.”

Wolff won two individual events in the Southwest Prairie Conference meet Thursday, May 10, as he claimed the 110 meter hurdles in 14.66 seconds and the 300 hurdles in :38.37. The time in the 300 is No. 2 in the state, according to Dyestat.

Wolff and his teammates will participate in the Class 3A Naperville North Class 3A Sectional Thursday, May 17, with the hopes of another strong state finish.

Other TribLocal teams in the sectional include Aurora East, Waubonsie Valley, Joliet Central, Joliet West, Naperville Central, Neuqua Valley, Naperville Noth, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East and Plainfield North.

The Cougars tied for sixth place in the Illinois High School Association state meet in 2010 and tied for ninth in 2011.

“We’re looking to do better than last year,” Crowe said. “With Wolff and Dantrel Wright, we’re looking to score some serious points down state. They help with relays and are strong individually.”

Other indvidual area champs from the Southwest Prairie Conference were Plainfield Central’s Luke Winder (pole vault), South’s Robert Tucker (triple jump), Romeoville’s Perez Ford (200 dash, discus and shot put) and Plainfield North’s Quest Young (400 dash).

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