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Prep roundup: DeKalb boys, girls win indoor track and field conference titles

The DeKalb boys and girls track teams each won the Northern Illinois Big 12 Indoor Conference Championships on Saturday in Sterling.

The girls teams set a trio of meet records in claiming the team title. Kyra Ozier, Bri Buggs, Sierra Long and Mireia Martinez set a meet record in 4 minutes, 13.19 seconds in the 1,600-meter relay. Buggs, Ozier, Martinez and Kmaris Kirkwood set a meet record with a 1:45.38 in the 800 relay. And the 3,200 team of Katherine Olsen, Anaiah Rollins, Cyan McGee and Christina Ryzhov won in a meet-record 10:02.58.

Buggs won the 60 in 7.76 seconds, only 0.02 ahead of runner-up Nicole Sreenan of Kaneland. Sreenan (25.43) won the 200 over second-place Buggs (25.96). Long was second in the 400 in 1:03.65, and Olsen won the 1,600 (5:17.11) ahead of Kaneland’s Rachel Richtman (5:18.08, good for second). Brianna Barwick took second in the 60 hurdles in 9.85.

Jasmine Kemp won the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches. Ashley Nelson was second in the shot put with a toss of 33-1.5.

On the boys side, Tristan Bujaraski won the 60 in 7.07 seconds and was second in the 200 with a 23.38. He also was part of the first-place 800-meter relay, which set a personal record with a 1:33.25 and also included Zurek Day, Veodies Jones and Keonte McKinnie.

Day took second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.62. Mitchell Bishop was second in the 800 in 2:03.01, and Jacob Trapp was runner-up in the 3,200 in 10:00.63.

The DeKalb boys finished with 86 points, ahead of Yorkville (74) and Geneseo (61). Kaneland was fifth with 55 points, 15 ahead of sixth-place Sycamore. For the girls, DeKalb won with 110, with Yorkville in second (85.5) and Kaneland third (66). Sycamore was 10th with 10 points.

Daniel Occhipinti was second in the 1,600 for Kaneland in 4:43.51, while Danny Walker won the pole vault for the Knights by clearing 14 feet. The Knights’ 3,200 relay team took third. Clayton Hannula won the shot put by clearing 55-2.

Connor Weckerly was second in the shot put for the Spartans with a toss of 50-10.

On the girls side, Kaneland had the top two pole vaulters in Cierra Kuipers (11 feet) and Sydney Davidson (10-6). Kylie Fuererbach took third for Sycamore in the shot put, clearing 33-1.


DeKalb falls in Jacksonville: The Barbs lost, 5-1, to Plainfield East at Lenz Field.

Matt Searls opened the game with a home run, but it was one of only three hits the Barbs would manage on the day.

Bryce Perkins allowed three earned runs and four hits in two innings, walking five in throwing 59 pitches. Jacob Perkins made it through four innings and 85 pitches of relief, allowing one earned run on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts.


DeKalb fifth at round-robin: The Barbs had all three doubles teams earn points in their home tournament, including a championship for Holly Trapp and Hui Zhu at No. 1 doubles.

Allie Pontarelli and Karley Castro went 2-3 at No. 2 doubles, and Abbey Brooks and Lydia Shotton were 2-3 at No. 3 doubles. Trapp and Zhu were undefeated, losing only one game the whole tournament. They gave up 98 points, the fewest of any entry – singles or doubles.

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