Master’s Mile added to East Relays

ROCKFORD – The Rockford East Relays take place on April 27 at Swanson Stadium and organizers have added a race for the public to kick it off.

The field events for the fifth annual Relays – in its second incarnation – begin at 10 a.m., followed by the Master’s Mile at 11 a.m. The Mile is open to runners/walkers of all ages. The person who completes the four trips around the track in the fastest time wins a prize.

Immediately following the Master’s Mile, the running events begin. The E-Rabs are hosting 11 other teams:

  • Beloit (Wis.) Memorial, Chicago Bowman, Chicago Perspectives Warriors, Chicago Perspectives Wolves
  • Elgin Larkin, East St. Louis, Chicago Morgan Park, Burbank St. Laurence
  • Auburn, Guilford and Zion Benton

The original East Relays took place from 1943-2004 and the E-Rabs, which were the perennial NIC-10 track power, were the main draw. As the program struggled in the 1990s so did the relays, which were eventually discontinued.

When East coach Anthony Wilson, a 1986 East graduate and track athlete, was hired seven years ago, he made reviving the Relays a priority. His program has risen alongside the Relays.

In 2013, East didn’t have enough track athletes to field a team. In 2015, the E-Rabs scored only 14 points at the NIC-10 conference meet. They’ve scored 66 and 64 points in the past two meets. With a strong distance running group led by Noah Friske, a solid set of throwers led by Jason Buis, and a bevy of young springers, the E-Rabs have a chance to win their first NIC-10 track title since 1991.

Posted on 04.15.19