At the first meet of the season for the Huntley boys track team, Huntley took second place and Stevenson High School took first.
“Being the first meet for the season, it felt really good,” junior Dubem Anikamadu said. “This year I’m hoping to place for an individual event down in state.” Anikamadu placed 7th with his relay in two events last year.
This event took place indoors, despite it being nicer than usual this February.
“Indoors can have its complication, especially with the tight turns and the traffic,” Anikamadu said, “But what makes you a great athlete is how you deal with the adversities.”
The meet is invitational, including boys track teams from many different high schools in the state.
Schools include: Huntley, Barrington, Jacobs, McHenry, Fremd, Grant, Marengo, Harlem, Rolling Meadows, Crystal Lake Central, BC, and Stevenson High School.
The field events include the long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, and pole vault.
The track events include the 4×800 relay, 4×200 relay, 800 run, 400 run, 1600 run, 4×4 relay, as well as many more.
Before the meet, all the different boys teams run around the track or do warm-ups individually.
At the start of the meet, they start with all field events taking place simultaneously on the inside of the track.
“I actually didn’t participate this meet because I had some family matters to attend to,” thrower Benjamin Litwin said. “My hope for the season is to qualify for state for both of my events!”
Once all the field events are done, the boys begin their track events, which are all scheduled at different times.
If an athlete is not in the event that is currently competing, they are in the middle of the field (or on the track, depending on which group of events is taking place) warming up or practicing.
The next meet will take place at the beginning of March.