DeKalb’s Marc Dubrick earned his first berth to the state track meet next weekend by finishing fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 26.93 seconds in the Class 3A Huntley Sectional on Friday. His time was two seconds better than the state qualifying mark.
Joining Dubrick at state will be senior Tyler Peterson, who took second in the 110 hurdles in 15.1 seconds, and junior Jonathan Bell, who threw a personal-best 158 feet, 6 inches in the discus to beat the state qualifying mark by three feet.
As a team, the Barbs finished 11th in the sectional and suffered a couple close calls.
DeKalb’s 4x100 relay of David Long, Dre Brown, Eriq Torrey and Drew Paszotta finished fourth in 43.2, just .05 seconds behind second-place Grant. The same foursome took fifth in the 4x200 relay.
Dubrick finished fourth in the 1,600 (4:24.03), just 1.29 seconds off the state qualifying time.
“The kids ran hard,” DeKalb coach Tim Holt said. “We had some good performances and we’re very young and hopefully come around next year this time we’ll have a different feeling.”
Brown was eighth in the 100. Sophomore Jared Smith took sixth in the 800. Misha Ryzhov was fifth, just behind Dubrick in the 1,600. Freshman David Long finished sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Dennes Spyratos finished sixth in the pole vault with a height of 12-3.
Gullstrand wins 400: Indian Creek’s Jake Gullstrand won the 400 in the Class A Seneca Sectional and will make his second straight appearance in the state meet next weekend.
Spartans cruise: Sycamore defeated Dixon, 12-1, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game. McKenna Marcinkowski (4-4) got the win for Sycamore, giving up no earned runs and striking out four.
Brit Huber was 2 for 4 with a double, triple and five RBIs. Jasmyne Taylor finished 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Tristyn Criswell was 2 for 5. Jordyn Shultz was 2 for 4.
“Even though we started off slowly, it was encouraging to see the kids make some adjustments at the plate and see them pay off,” Sycamore coach Jill Carpenter said. “Brit Huber had a big day, and we did some of the little things well, like getting our bunts down and hitting the ball to the right side to score a runner.”