ROCHELLE — Strong efforts in the field events fueled the Rochelle Hub track and field team to a second-place finish during its three-team matchup with Kaneland and Plano on Tuesday.
Scoring nearly half of their points in the field events, Rochelle finished second with 43 points, while Plano took third with 28 points and Kaneland won with 108 points in the Hub track and field team’s Interstate 8 Conference opener. Senior Trevor Goodwin won the triple jump with a leap of 13.16 meters, picking up where he left off at the IHSA 2A State Championships in 2019. Goodwin also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal record of 16.99 seconds.
“I thought our guys really stepped up today,” head coach Dale Bergeson said. “Our kids really want to compete and I’m really happy about that… Trevor’s off to a really good start. He’s already reached a state-qualifying mark in the triple jump and we know he’s going to have a really good year. He’s way ahead of where he was when he started his sophomore season.”
Senior Oscar Aguirre and junior Zach Sanford shined in the throwing events for the Hubs, with each athlete recording top-4 finishes in both the discus and the shot put. Aguirre placed second in the shot put (12.37 meters) and fourth in the discus throw (28.28 meters), while Sanford took second in the discus throw (32.14 meters) and third in the shot put (11.93 meters).
“The field events are what win our meets,” Bergeson said. “We score a lot of points in the field events and if we’re low in one or two events, it really affects the whole team’s score. Having Zach out here and scoring points in his first meet is a great sign of things to come. The throwing events are going to make a big difference for us as the season progresses.”
Rochelle won the 3200-meter relay with a time of 13:52.02 as well as the 400-meter relay with a time of 1:00.57. The Hubs saw two athletes score in the long jump, with sophomore Christian Harding taking second place (5.31 meters) and junior Ryan Simmons finishing fourth (4.92 meters). Sophomore Hayden Inman took third place in both the pole vault (2.58 meters) and the 110-meter hurdles (23.34) while finishing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (54.68).
Junior Michael Ramsey led Rochelle in the sprints, placing fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.81 seconds. The Hubs took second in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:45.33. Rochelle (1-1) will race against Ottawa and LaSalle-Peru on the road Thursday at 4:30 p.m.