MAPLE PARK - All season long, the short distance relay teams of DeKalb High School have been pulling off win after win after win.
At the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Track Meet on Saturday, they ran their best races of the season.
Those relay wins helped DeKalb finish in third place with 78 points at the NI Big 12 Conference Meet. Kaneland won the meet with 146 points. Dixon finished third with 92 points while Sycamore finished fourth with 67 points.
The Barbs' combination of Jaylen Cole, Dre Brown, Eriq Torrey, Drew Paszotta, and James Robinson won both the 4x100 and the 4x200 relays, while breaking meet and school records along the way.
“They ran top notch today - that was the best they have run all year. They had a real nice day, those five kids,” DeKalb head coach Tim Holt said.
The 4x100 team of Cole, Brown, Torrey and Paszotta ran a time of 42.57, which is now the new DeKalb High School record and the NI Big 12 conference record. Cole, Robinson, Torrey and Paszotta ran the 4x200 relay in a time of 1:29.52, also a school record.
“It feels great. We have been working hard all year and it just feels great to have it actually pay off and do well as a team,” Paszotta said. “We were confident the whole way - not cocky or anything. We knew that Sycamore and Kaneland have good teams but we just had to do what we do.”
On Sycamore’s side, the Spartans had numerous first-place finishes, most notably Dion Hooker. Hooker continued his dominance in the 100 and 200 meters. The senior won both events with a time of 10.63 and 22.29, respectively.
“It feels awesome, and just getting a victory feels good. I am just trying to help the team out to win conference,” Hooker said. “I am just working on my start, and that transition to full speed is getting a lot better.”
Another win in the short distance by Sycamore came from Logan Schnieder, who ran the 100 hurdles in 14.82 to snatch the win.
“I wasn’t really ready at the beginning. I was still warming up to go but, it went well. After the second hurdle, I started to get my rhythm and speeding up more,” Schnieder said. “It feels awesome, especially since it is my senior year. I have never done it before so it is pretty cool.
Other finishes from DeKalb included Paszotta and Brown finishing second and fourth in the 200, Jared Smith finishing third in the 800, and Misha Ryzhov finishing second in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
For Sycamore, Austin Sebby finished second in the 100, Schnieder finished in third in the 300 hurdles and Alex Taylor finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.