Dubem Anikamadu and the Huntley Red Raiders have lofty goals for the 2018 boys track and field season.
The Huntley senior, headed to Kentucky next season, won the 60 meters in a clocking of 6.93 and the 200 in a time of 22.58 to lift the host Red Raiders to the Fox Valley Conference indoor championship with a score of 129 Tuesday at Huntley.
"I feel like I am progressing well through the indoor season very well," said Anikamadu. "I am getting more consistent with my races. I want to do well at the Indoor Prep Times next week and then improve on my outdoor times at the state outdoor finals. I want to help our team win a state trophy. With my college choice done I can really concentrate on my senior year in high school."
Senior hurdler Lukas Bolas, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury, won the 60 hurdles in a time of 8.45 during his first indoor meet of the season.
"I have been waiting a long time for this meet," said Bolas, "I am really excited and happy with the way I performed. It was awesome to just compete. I felt my mental toughness and conditioning were very good."
The Red Raiders also received first place efforts from Derek Zimmerman (400, 54.36) and Melvin Bonsu (triple jump, 42-1).
Huntley's 800 relay team claimed top honors with a time of 1:33.34.
Dundee-Crown, which didn't garner any first place efforts, placed second with a score of 79 points.
The Chargers got runner-up finishes from Adam Swanson (800), Jason Miller (200), Jack Michalski (high jump) and Dylan Becker (long jump).
D-C was second in the 3,200, 800 and 1,600 relays.
Jacobs placed third with 59 points.
The Golden Eagles got first place finishes from Zach Albrecht (1600, 4:19.2) and Loren Strickland (long jump, 21-11 ½).
"I like the way I competed and it is nice to finish first in the conference," said Strickland. "I want to have a great senior season."
The Golden Eagles placed first in the 3,200 relay (8:09.67) and the 1,600 relay (3:36.25).
Crystal Lake South, guided by a first place finish from Jack Becker in the 3,200, was fifth with 49 points.
Becker, third in the state in the Class 2A cross-country meet, took the title in the 3,200 in a time of 9:28.28.
"I liked my consistency and I was able to hit my splits consecutively," said Becker. It was a smooth race."
Cary-Grove, seventh with 28 points, got a first place finish from Andrew Stokes in the shot put (55-6 ½).
Hampshire, ninth with a score of 18 points, received a third-place finish from Tommy Croissant (pole vault).