Benes clocked a :14.34 at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston and finished third behind Marian Catholic's Erick Gavin (:13.90) and Plainfield South's Brandon Winters (:13.94) May 29.
It was his first medal and had no reason to be ashamed of a third-place finish in the state.
But after his sparkling finish in the prelims, he had his eye on the top prize.
by Jeff Vorva/Triblocal reporter.com staff reporter
Needless to say, we are very proud of our nephew, Matthew Benes, who is graduating from Lockport High School next week and will continue his journey to Southern Illinois University in the fall. You are the best, Matt, and may all your dreams come true! With our love...xo