Girls track and field: Huntley dominates FVC meet for 3rd straight title
Winning 12 of 18 events including all 4 relays, Huntley cruised to its third straight girls track and field Fox Valley Conference title with 188 points Friday night at Cary-Grove High School.
McHenry was a distant second with 89 points.
"We had a lot of amazing efforts by a lot of people," said Huntley coach Shawn Nordeen. "It was a great team effort. We had a lot of contributions. We showed a lot of maturity as a team and our relays really clicked. We feel we can get some kids through the sectionals next week."
Daryn Davis paced the Red Raiders with 3 individual FVC titles. The versatile Davis won the long jump (17-3 ½), triple jump (38-1) and 100 hurdles (15.31).
"Daryn is such a good athlete," said Nordeen. "She can score in so many events. We hope to get her through the sectionals in all her events."
Senior Mary Raclawski repeated as FVC champion in the 800 with a clocking of 2:21.56.
"I was confident and I really wanted to repeat in the 800," said Raclawski. "I have been really working hard on my starts and really just wanted to go out and run my race. I am ready for the sectionals and want to qualify for state in my last chance."
The biggest surprise for the Red Raiders was Rachael Morrison in the 1,600. Morrison edged heavy favorite Allison Drage of Cary-Grove at the finish line with a time of 5:09.17.
"Rachael was amazing and really hung in there," said Nordeen. "Drage is a quality runner and Rachael ran great."
Other winners for the Raiders were Kayla Wolnik (300 hurdles, 48.56), Taryn Sargent (200, 26.84) and Emily Maynard (discus, 109 ½).
"My footwork was really good," said Maynard. "I am excited to win conference and I am excited about sectionals next week."
Huntley swept the relays winning the (1,600, 4:11.60), 800 (1:46.40), 400 (49.56) and 3,200 (9:45.50).
Without a first place effort, Cary-Grove was third with 70 points.
Following Drage's second place finish, the Trojans' 3,200 relay was also runner-up.
Crystal Lake South, fourth with 62 points, received first place finishes from Mackenzie Aldridge (3,200, 11:20.40) and Gianna Patenaude (100, 12.89).
"I was able to execute my plan perfectly," said Aldridge. "I made my move into first place in the last 1,200 meters. I had plenty left at the end of the run. I am very happy winning the conference. I have a lot of work to do before sectionals next week."
Jacobs finished sixth with 34 points.
The Golden Eagles were paced by Kyra Cabusao who won the shot put with a heave of 34-11 ¾.