ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Hononegah boys track team simply decimated the competition at Wednesday's NIC-10 Indoor Track Meet at Rockford Auburn.
Senior Jalen Anderson highlighted the evening, winning three events and placing second in a fourth as the Indians finished with 166.5 points, more than doubling second-place Belvidere North's 83.
Anderson won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.20 seconds, setting a NIC-10 indoor meet record and new school record. He also took home the title in the 200, setting meet and school records with a 23.06. His time of 7.18 in the 60-meter dash was good enough to win, and a brief stumble over the first hurdle cost him his fourth title of the night.
As it was, his time of 8.41 in the 60m high hurdles was still good enough to break the school record, which he set earlier, and place second in the meet.
"In hurdles, anything can happen," Anderson said. "I think the adrenaline got me going too much, and I stumbled on the first one. Especially with (Freeport's) Jaden Johnson next to me, I knew I was in trouble. It was a good race either way."
Anderson, known more for his hurdling than his sprinting, put the area on notice that his speed will be a force in several events this spring. He has one thing on his mind as he enters the outdoor season.
"My goal is to make state in as many events as I can," Anderson said. "Back in middle school, I was just a pure hurdler. When high school came, I was able to sprint, like I did when I was a little kid. I'm really enjoying it."
The Indians grabbed the top two spots in a pair of races: Seniors Keith Kline (2:03.54) and Andrew Wilson (2:03.82) dominated the field in the 800, while Spencer Hielkema (10:25) outlasted Wilson (10:26) in the 3200.
In both cases, Wilson exhorted his teammate to the finish line.
"Andrew was cheering me on, like the great teammate that he is," Hielkema said. "Like a lot of us, I'm looking to qualify at state. I think we've got a great chance in the 4x800, and the event I'd love to make it the most is the mile. That's going to be a journey. My goal is to get under 4:30 this spring, mostly to try to get a college scholarship, but making state would be the dream."
Kline said the success of the team came as no surprise.
"Andrew was pushing me the whole time," Kline said. "I'm glad I was able to catch him at the end, but it's so much more fun when you're out there working with a teammate. We just want everyone to run their best. We push each other in practice every day, and we want to see the results in the meets."
Keaton Anderson won the 400 with at time of 53.90, while Braden Meyers placed second in the 1600 with a time of 4:52.
The Indians placed second in the 4x200 and 4x400 races, while the 4x800 team of Dominick Welte, Nate Halbrader, River Sterud and Meyers easily won its race.
Christian Gomez placed second in the long jump with a 20-1.50, while Paul Fay came up a winner in the shot put with a heave of 48-5.
The track team will be back in action Saturday when they travel to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.