The same foursome qualified in the 400 relay, taking second place. Hobson also was long jump runner-up and will compete at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium in three events at the state meet next Friday.
“Our 4x200 was underestimated (by the seed times),” Hobson said. “Our handoffs were getting better in practice. I knew had something special. I definitley had confidence in our 4x100. We didn’t win, but we qualified, that’s all that matters.” Antioch won the team title with 112 points, followed by Huntley (102) and DeKalb (62).
“We did well tonight. We beat some good teams in the 4x100,” Barbs coach Tim Holt said. “In the 4x200, I thought it would be closer, we did well there.” Also qualifying were Juan Castro and Aidan Donohue in the 800, a fast race where five runners qualified. Castro (1:56.15) and Donohue (1:56.54) finished third and fourth. Prairie Ridge’s Ethan Baker (1:54.47) and Grant Jensen (1:55.61) took the top two spots.
“Juan really came out of nowhere,” Holt said. “His best had been 2:00. Our kids made it on time, that was good for both of them.” Hobson jumped 22-1, the qualifying long-jump standard, in the preliminary round, which eased any worries. He finished second to Antioch’s Zach Grindley (22-3).
“That wasn’t my best jump of the year, but as long as I qualified, I’m happy with that,” Hobson said. “The real big jumps are going to come down at state, I’m just focusing on that.” Holt said Hobson had six jumps at last week’s Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet that were better than 22-1.
ROCKFORD – DeKalb senior Jaylen Hobson sensed something big was coming with the Barbs’ 800-meter relay team.
He was right.
DeKalb’s Jason Allen, Donovan Lacey, Blake Williams and Hobson came to the Class 3A Guilford Boys Track and Field Sectional seeded third, but won that race in 1:29.26 on Friday night at Swanson Stadium.
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