Former Rochelle track and field standout Mason DeLille made his mark on the high school program with his performances in the jump pits. A former IHSA State Championship qualifier and current school record holder in the varsity triple jump, DeLille continued his track and field career at Carthage College, where he’s since discovered profound talent in another field event.
Looking to alleviate injury concerns toward the end of his sophomore season with the track and field team, DeLille decided to compete in the javelin throw, something he hadn’t done much of throughout his two years with Carthage. DeLille’s confidence and athleticism quickly translated to the javelin throw, with the former Hub student-athlete finishing seventh and earning All-Conference honors in the CCIW Championships with a personal-best mark of 46.64 meters.
“I had a rough stretch toward the end of my indoor season where I was out for about five weeks with back spasms,” DeLille said. “I was able to resolve the injury by the first week of the outdoor season, but due to this injury and other factors, I switched up my events for the remainder of the season and I plan to keep these events for the next two years. I switched from triple jump to long jump and added javelin so I could do something not fully focused on my legs. After dropped triple jump and high jump, the season started progressing really well.”
Not only did DeLille set a personal record in the javelin throw at the conference championships, but his transition from triple jump to long jump resulted in another personal record at the Elmhurst Twilight Invitational, where he took seventh place with a mark of 6.13 meters in the long jump. After missing the majority of his freshman season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, DeLille said he was happy with how his sophomore campaign concluded.
“My sophomore season went well considering it was my first full season in two years,” DeLille said. “It was nice to have more competition and the chance to compete outdoors… I’m planning on improving my personal record in the long jump. I started throwing javelin only two weeks before the conference meet and I quickly learned the throwing motion. My goal for next season is to throw in the 55-to-60-meter range and be in contention for national qualifying.”
DeLille, who’s currently studying mathematics and economics in hopes of pursuing a career in sports statistics and analytics, also received Academic All-Conference honors during his sophomore year at Carthage. With high expectations for his junior and senior track seasons, DeLille has stepped away from the Carthage soccer team after two years with the program. DeLille said his goal is to focus primarily on track and be in prime shape for the next two years.
“My track seasons have been great outside of COVID-19,” DeLille said. “What I’ve enjoyed most are the teammates I have and my coaches. They make track and field enjoyable to participate in so it doesn’t feel like a chore for me. I love having the ability to get better every day.”