After capturing the Central Suburban League (CSL) championship for the 6th year in a row and taking top honors at the Niles West Sectional, the Wildkits ended their season by earning all-state honors in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays when they competed in Charleston IL at the end of May.
Junior Ramon Hayes, senior Daren Gardner, senior Demonte Hill, and sophomore Reggie Murphy competed in the 4x100 relay, finishing 6th with a time of 43.05. Ramon Hayes and Demonte Hill also competed in the 4x400 along with brother duo senior Patrick Klamm and sophomore Carl Klamm finishing in 3:24.2, earning them 7th place. Carl Klamm also took 11th in the 800, finals running a 1:58.68, just 2.55 seconds shy of ninth place
This was the first time since 2006 Evanston has brought home honors in multiple relays, all of which was achieved without a key member of the team, senior Antonio Johnson, who had recently been injured in a car accident and had last year ran in both all-state relays.
"This year, there were a lot of questions surrounding Antonio and the rest of the team, but Ramon and a lot of the other juniors really stepped up for us in a huge way that we wouldn’t have been anywhere without them," Patrick Klamm said. "We had to overcome some big humps this year, but we did overcome them and I’m happy."
"We got eighth last year and now we’ve got seventh, so we’re making room for improvement," Demonte Hill said. "I’ve learned about working hard. You get in what you put out. It’s a gift, it’s a process. You’ve just got to work from it."
The Wildkits ended their season with pride. While the seniors can graduate with their heads held high, the rest of the team will return next year, hungry for more.