The Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston girls track teams combined to qualify six athletes for the state tournament at the Class 2A Lisle Sectional on Thursday, with the Spartans sending four.
For the Spartans, who were 10th with 26 points, Emma Gerwig qualified by clearing 9 feet, 7 inches in the pole vault. Kylie Feuerbach went 115-4 in the discus to take second and teammates Hannah Kirby (2 minutes, 20.92 seconds) and Sophie Melton (2:21.62) were third and fourth in the 800-meter run.
For Genoa-Kingston, which was 11th with 24 points, Chloe Gallagher cleared 10-6 in the pole vault for the win and the trip to Charleston for the finals, which run from Thursday through May 19.
Gabby Janes cleared 5-1 to match the qualifying mark in the high jump for the Cogs.
At the Class 3A West Aurora Sectional, Kaneland took ninth and will send two to Charleston.
Cierra Kuipers won the pole vault, clearing 11-3. Rachel Richtman was second in the 3,200, finishing in 11:15.34.
Indian Creek and Hinckley-Big Rock’s results from the Class 1A Seneca Sectional were unavailable.
NIU into Mid-American Conference semifinals: The Huskies advanced to the semifinals by defeating Toledo, 10-2, in five innings at Firestone Stadium.
“We obviously have been struggling the last couple seasons against Toledo, so to be able to win and to beat them at the MAC tournament and in that fashion was definitely a big deal for us,” coach Christina Sutcliffe said.
Jenny Van Geertry and Alaynie Wollard each had two hits, and Wollard stole home in the win.
The No. 7 Huskies (23-30) continue on their journey in the MAC tournament against No. 1 Ohio at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Sycamore claims conference title: Amanda Swedberg brought home the winning run as the Spartans beat Yorkville, 2-1, to claim the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title.
Swedberg had two hits, Haley Trela was 2 for 4, and Faith Reynolds allowed one earned run in the win. She struck out four and walked three.
“The poise our kids showed in some incredibly difficult situations was amazing,” Sycamore coach Jill Carpenter said. “They’ve been this way most of the season and that is why they can call themselves conference champs. ... Credit to the top of our order in Haley and Amanda for getting it done with two outs when the pressure was really on in the seventh. Faith really gutted one out today. She didn’t have her best stuff, and the zone was a little tight, but she found a way to keep her team in it until Swed came up with the big hit in the seventh.”
Genoa-Kingston tops Byron: Madison Wagner finished a homer short of the cycle in a 15-7 win.
Wagner, Leea Perry, Olivia Simmons and Leah Fowler each had three hits each for the Cogs (15-9, 12-5).
Kaneland tops West Aurora: Rose Roach allowed one run in five innings of work for a 6-1 win.
Kaneland had 14 hits in the game, with Olivia Ortegel and Hannah Theobald notching three each. Natalie Kraemer added two.
Indian Creek wins home finale: The Timberwolves were 9-3 winners over Dixon.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Genoa-Kingston sixth at Big Northern Conference meet: The Cogs finished with 29 points while Dixon won with 167.3.
The 800-meter relay of Jake Hansen, Michael Tryznka, Dylan Kribbs and Max Materazzi took second in 1:37.72.
Kaneland tops Morris: The Knights won on the road, 7-2.
Robbie Dudzinski drove in three and had two hits. Nik Panico added two hits for the Knights.
Alex Buchanan pitched six shutout innings for the win, striking out four and walking three.