STERLING – One came comfortably, the other was close, but the way they got there isn't what concerns the Kaneland track program.
All that mattered Saturday was a sweep of the Northern Illinois Big 12 indoor track meet. The euphoria always adds up.
The boys scored 130 team points, more than doubling up their nearest pursuer, Dixon (68). The girls totaled 108 points to edge Yorkville, which had 102.
"Both teams did really well," Knights boys coach Erin Baron said. "We're looking forward to getting better as we get more work outside."
The boys team scored in every event but two, and enjoyed a boost from 58 points in the field events. That barrage was fueled by titles from Ben Barnes (long jump, 21 feet, 1.25 inches); Dalvell Triplett (triple jump, 43-11.5); Nate Dyer (shot put, 55-5) and Dylan Kuipers (pole vault, 13-9).
For the girls, Lauren Zick's victory in the 60 meters (7.84) and 200 (26.07) highlighted a strong showing in the sprints.
Burlington Central 8, Crystal Lake Central 3: At Lippold Park in Crystal Lake, BC used a four-run third inning to win their season opener in a game played on a diamond with a turf infield.
The Rockets (1-0) got big boosts at the plate from Johnathan Murphy (3 for 4) and Danny Gerke, who both drove in runs. Gerke was also the starting pitcher for Central, getting the win after pitching three innings, allowing just two runs on one hit.
“I think the guys who threw today did a good job of keeping balls down,” Rockets coach Kyle Nelson said. “Danny gave us some good innings and the other guys followed. You can’t win games without good pitching.”
“Our guys played simple and the way we wanted to,” Nelson added. “There were definitely some things to work on, but I’m proud of how we played today.”