27th ANNUAL BOYS TRACK CLASSIC INVITATIONAL IN HARVEY, IL., BY JOHN SMIERCIAK
Date: 5/4/2013 Album ID: 1649237
Photos by John Smierciak
HARVEY | There are home meets, and then there are HOME meets. Nobody was more at home at Saturday's Thornton Classic than Thornton senior Maurice Buchanan. The long-jumper, high-jumper and jack-of-all trades sprinter lives in the blue house bordering the south end of Thornton's football stadium, so close that the Wildcats' locker room is farther from the finish line than his own bedroom. "He's about as Harvey as can be," Thornton track coach Vince McAuliffe said. "He's true-blue Thornton. He bleeds purple, and growing up in that house, he's been listening to me yell at people for 12 years." Buchanan, a state qualifier in the long jump last year and a member of Thornton's Class 3A third-place finishers as a sophomore, is rarely McAuliffe's target. Saturday, as Thornton (129 points) finished second to Evanston (167) at the seven-team classic, Buchanan won the long jump in a season-best 22 feet, 7 inches, finished second in the high jump (6-0) and ran in the finals of the 100 meters and the third leg of the Wildcats' winning 1,600-meter relay. When the state series begins, he'll likely compete in the two jumps, the 400 relay and the 800 relay.