HANOVER – Kaneland finished a spectacular day at the Class 2A Galena Sectional girls track meet at River Ridge, sending all four of its relays and five individuals to next week's state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
The Knights (119.3 team points) won the sectional for the third straight year, setting a school record in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:00.49.
"You always hope that the girls are at their best at this time of the season,"Kaneland assistant coach Keith Snyder said. "But I think the biggest thing today was how dominant the girls ran. Almost all of the runners bested their times coming in and the girls really put on a show tonight."
Allie Heinzer won and qualified for state in both the 100 meters (12.76) and 400 (57.49) and distance runner Brianna Bower qualified in both of her races, including winning the 3,200 with a time of 11:22.07.
Junior Noelle Espino won and qualified for state in the 800 run with a time of 2:17.24, as Burlington Central’s Chloe Bilyk will be the Rockets’ lone state representative, finishing .19 seconds ahead for the state qualifying time in the 800.
Kaneland also sent both Lexie Guerra (10-3) and Sydney Davidson (9-9) to state for pole vault.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Class 2A Plano Sectional: At Plano, Rosary won the sectional, finishing with 103 points, ahead of LaSalle-Peru (87 points).
The Royals sent four individuals and all four of their relays to the state meet. Emily Martin and Madison Ronzone both qualified in the 1,600 finishing 1-2 in that race. Shea Vero qualified for the state meet in the 400 as did Maddie Saloga in the 100 for Rosary.
Aurora Central Catholic (46 points) finished fourth at the sectional, sending its 4x800 relay, as well as Karina Liz, who won both the 400 and 800 runs, and Abby Fioresi in the 1,600.
Class 2A Glenbard South Sectional: At Glen Ellyn, St. Francis sent sophomore Amanda Peterson to the state meet in the 100, as well as its 4x200 relay (1:47.99). The Spartans finished in sixth place with 40 team points and Wheaton Academy came in ninth as a team (11 points).
Class 1A Lisle Sectional: At Lisle, Aurora Christian won the sectional championship with 96 points, just edging out Luther North (89).
All four Aurora Christian relays qualified for the state meet, as did Natasha Brown in the 100 and 200 (first place) and Rebecca Wert, who won the 800, and finished second in the 1,600.
Meghan Hagerty (6-3) and Nora Theeke (6-0) qualified for state for Aurora Christian as well in the pole vault.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Northern Illinois Big 12 Meet: At Rochelle, Kaneland shared the NI Big 12 title with Geneseo, as both finished with 91 team points.
Kaneland’s Ben Barnes won the triple jump (43 feet, 1 inch) and the Knights’ 1,600-meter relay team of Sean Spaetzel, Cody Delarme, Tanner Robertson and Brandon Cruz took first in 3:28.98.
The Knights’ other notable placers were Tristan Kinder (second in discus), 400 relay team of Barnes, Issac Swithers, Robertson and Brandon Cruz (second), 800 relay team of Barnes, John Delach, Swithers and Cruz (second), Robertson (300-meter hurdles), and Austin Kintz (second in 1,600).
St. Charles East 10, Streamwood 2: At Streamwood, Max Powers hit three home runs to lead East (20-8, 14-6 UEC River) past Streamwood in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division game.
Geneva 8, West Aurora 3: At Aurora, Geneva (16-10, 13-8 UEC River) scored four runs in the sixth inning to help Ben Slattery pick up the win on the mound in the Upstate Eight Conference crossover game.
St. Charles North 13, Larkin 6: At. St Charles, Zach Mettetal drove in three runs for North (24-4, 18-3 UEC River) in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division win.
Marmion 7, Montini 6: At Aurora, Jon Young and Will Matthews each had two hits and drove in a run for Marmion (12-16, 3-6 Suburban Christian Conference). Young also improved to 2-3 on the mound with the win.
Batavia 8, Larkin 0: At Elgin, Rachael Lovestrand threw a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts to lead Batavia past Larkin. Lovestrand also had three hits and drove in two runs at the plate.
St. Charles East 11, West Chicago 1 (5 inn.): At West Chicago, Molly McGovern homered and Kelly Rinker went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs for East (25-4, 17-2 UEC River) in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division win.
Plainfield North 6, Kaneland 2: At Plainfield, Rachel Goress had two hits and drove in a run in the nonconference loss for the 16-7 Knights.
Wheaton Academy 3, St. Francis 2: At Wheaton, Wheaton Academy (11-12) took advantage of an St. Francis error in the bottom of the seventh to score a walk-off run and beat the Spartans (21-3) for its biggest win of the season. Courtney Kinnane got the win on the mound, throwing seven innings and striking out four with no walks.
Aurora Central Catholic 2, Lisle 1: At Hinckley, ACC fell behind early, but goals by Jordyn Sundberg and Gina Cortino helped the Chargers win the Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional championship. ACC will play Chicago (Instituto Health Science Charter) on Tuesday as part of the Lisle Sectional.
Geneva 2, Wheaton Academy 2: At Wheaton, Mary Landry scored twice for Geneva (8-10-3) in the nonconference draw.
Erin Teevans and Jamie Netzley scored goals for Wheaton Academy (16-3-1).
Evanston Tournament: At Evanston, St. Charles North beat Notre Dame, 2-0 (25-20, 25-22) but fell to host Evanston, 2-0 (21-25, 22-25). The North Stars will play for fifth place on Saturday.
Geneva 9, Jacobs 4: At Geneva, Geneva beat Jacobs in the nonconference battle to close out its regular season.
IHSA state tournament: At Caryle Lake in Carlyle, Marmion was among 48 schools to catch zero fish after the tournament’s first day, which concludes with eight hours of competition beginning at 7 a.m. today. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond is the leader, reeling in five bass weighing 121/16 pounds.