For Huntley boys track coach Jim Rolando, it was a good way to end the indoor season.
With 3 second place finishes and 2 thirds, the Red Raiders finished a solid second with 86.5 points at Wednesday's Fox Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Invitational held at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.
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Crystal Lake Central grabbed top honors with a score of 103.5 points.
"Our young kids came in focused, had fun and really competed," said Rolando."This is an awesome group and I am very happy with the way this team performed during the indoor season."
The Red Raiders received second place efforts from Justin Hebert (shot put 50 feet, 7 ½ inches), and the 4 x 160 relay (1:19.09) and 4 x 400 relay (3:44.14) teams.
Finishing third were Brennan Bell (55 hurdles, 8.30) and Craig Lambert (pole vault, 12-6).
Grayslake Central, led by first place finishes from Kacey Adams in the triple jump and Jourden Swopes in the 200 dash, was fourth with 64.5 points.
Adams claimed top honors with a leap of 40-6 ½ and Swopes sprinted to victory with a speedy clocking of 24.62.
The host Chargers posted a fifth-place finish with 56 points. D-C's Sean Battin garnered first place accolades by winning the 400 in 54.68. The Chargers also won the 4 x 160 race in a time of 1:17.34.
Jacobs finished sixth with 41 points. The Golden Eagles' top individual performer was Josh Walker, who was second in the in 55 dash with a time of 6.79. The Jacobs 3,200 relay team was also a runner-up with a time of 8:22.87.
Crystal Lake South placed seventh with a score of 36.5 points. Brandon Madoni was the Gators' top performer with a third-place finish in the 200 in a time of 25.03. South's 1,600 relay team was also third in a time of 3:44.87.
Cary-Grove, led by a first place effort by Ricky Hurley was eighth with a score of 35 points. The Trojan sophomore claimed first place honors in the shot put with a throw of 51-1 ½.
"I actually threw 55 ½ on my last throw but scratched," said Hurley. "It is an amazing feeling to win the shot put. My technique was good. I hope to throw at least 58 feet during the outdoor season."
Grayslake North senior Dylan Toole, competing on the track team for the first time claimed a conference championship in the high jump with a leap of 6-4.
"The track coaches have been bugging me for four years to go out for track," said Toole, a member of the Knights' boys basketball team. "It has really been fun and it is exciting to finish first in the conference indoor meet. There was a lot of good competition and I was really in the zone. I had good form and it was a good way to end the indoor season. I am ready for the outdoor season."