MAPLE PARK – The Kaneland boys track and field team cruised to the Northern Illinois Big 12 title Saturday, scoring 146 points to hold off runner-up Dixon (92), DeKalb (78) and the rest of the field on its home track.
"All the boys really went out there and got after it," Kaneland coach Eric Baron said. "A lot of personal bests. We had a lot of solid performances today."
Kaneland's standout senior class led the way. Nathaniel Kucera ran 49.69 in the 400 meters, Kyle Carter completed the 800 in 1:55.55 and Dylan Nauert finished the 300 hurdles in 39.97.
"It was pretty good. It was just a good race. Everybody did good," Carter said. "You never knew what's going to happen. I just had to get out strong and race. And, whatever happens, happens."
The conference meet was originally scheduled for Friday but pushed to Saturday because of weather conditions.
The Knights, who won the Kane County meet title last week, will compete in the 2A Burlington Central Sectional Friday.
St. Charles East 4, Kaneland 2: At Maple Park, East (21-8) took control with a three-run fifth inning after Kaneland tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Adam Rojas had two of the Saints' four hits. Nick Stratman added two hits – including a solo home run – for the 14-13 Knights.
Geneva 8-10, Elgin 0-3: At Geneva, Mitchell Merges struck out seven in a three-hit shutout in the opener of Geneva's Upstate Eight Conference River Division sweep. Ben Chally homered twice and drove in six runs for the Vikings (19-11, 15-10 UEC River) in Game 1.
Alex Skogman had two hits and three RBIs in the nightcap.
Aurora Central Catholic 15, Northtown Academy 0: At Aurora, Sean Anger doubled twice and drove in three runs for ACC (16-14).
Geneva 10-3, Rosary 0-1: At Geneva, Annika Radabaugh and Kaitlyn Plocinski launched homers in Game 1 for 18-11 Geneva, which won in six innings. Rylie Porretto added two hits in the nightcap to back winner Emily Plocinski, who scattered two hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts.
St. Charles co-op 11, St. Francis 6: At Wheaton, Mary Fahey sparked St. Charles with five goals and two assists. Liz Maisch added two goals and two assists, while McKenzie Brown also scored twice.
Afterward, the co-op headed to Geneva so the seniors could attend a ceremony before the St. Charles East-St. Charles North boys game at Burgess Field.