Kaneland boys track capped off its indoor season with two individual champions and a relay title Saturday at the Illinois Top Times meet in Bloomington.
Kaneland’s Nate Dyer won the shot put at the Illinois Top Times meet, widely considered the unofficial indoor state championships, with a mark of 56 feet, 8.75 inches. The Knights’ Dalvell Triplett won the triple jump at 45-2.
Kaneland also captured the 4x800 title as Andrew Lesak, Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter and Nathaniel Kucera finished in 8:07.62 to edge out second-place Springfield by 34 hundredths of a second in race that Kaneland coach Eric Baron said featured massive confusion because several of the fourth runners were mistakenly sent out a lap early for the baton exchange. Baron said his runners elected not to take advantage.
“My guys, I was really proud of Nathaniel and Kyle,” Kaneland coach Eric Baron said. “They kept their heads on and did what they were supposed to go. They’re two smart kids who have done this a lot, and they knew it wasn’t right.”
Ben Barnes took second in the long jump at 22-7.25, setting a new school record in the process. Dylan Kuipers placed third in the pole vault with a mark of 14-0 while Danny Evers was sixth at 13-0.
aneland’s 4x400 relay team of Brock Robertson, Dylan Nauert, Carter and Kucera were third in 3:28.21. On the girls side, Lauren Zick was sixth in the 60-meter dash, fifth in the 200 and third in the long jump at 17-06.25. Sydney Strang placed fifth in the 800 and Brianna Bower was eighth in the 3,200.
Kaneland’s 4x200 relay team of Zick, Olivia Galor, Nicole Sreenan and Carly Elliott placed third overall with a time of 1:46.76. Galor, Zick, Sreenan and Strang took second in the 4x400 at 4:08.51.
Kaneland’s Christina Delach placed fifth in the pole vault at 9-06.
Sycamore’s Dion Hooker took fifth in the 60 at 7.08. He also was sixth in the 200 at 23.24. Mark Stice placed fourth in the 3,200 while Adam Millburg took 10th. Evan Short was sixth in the shot put at 50-10.
Sycamore’s Lilia Edwards placed third in the triple jump at 35-07, 11th in the 60 hurdles and seventh in the long jump at 16-09.50. The Spartans’ Christina Dailey took seventh in the triple jump at 34-04.
Cogs cruise: Genoa-Kingston won its season opener with a 7-2 victory over Plano at home.
Junior Viviana Beltran posted a hat trick while junior Nikki Hebel added two for the Cogs, who scored seven straight goals after Plano opened with a goal four minutes into the match. Abbey Rasmussen and Maggie Bouque each added a goal for G-K (1-0).
“For our first game, I thought we did very well,” G-K coach Randy Tate said. “I was very pleased with our teamwork and how we were looking for each other on the field. The girls played a better possession game today versus our play in the past. I think that this is a good sign of things to come this season.”
H-BR wins tourney: Hinckley-Big Rock split its first two matches and won its season-opening tournament at Lisle.
The Royals (1-1) defeated Lisle, 4-0, and then lost to Willow Academy, 4-1. H-BR won the tournament based on points accumulation and a tiebreaker.
In the first match, the Royals were led by Andrea Binkley’s two goals. Jacqueline Madden and Lauren Paver each added a goal in the win. Paver scored the Royals’ lone goal in the second match.
Jordan Bullard was in goal for both matches for H-BR.
Barbs compete at Glenbard East: DeKalb badminton placed fifth at the Glenbard East Invite. • Kevin Druley contributed to this report.