Barrington's Scotty Miller reacts during the finals of the 100-meter dash at Thursday's Class 3A Palatine Sectional meet. | Brian O'Mahoney/for Sun-Times Media
PALATINE — All Barrington had to do was hold onto the baton.
Leading by four points heading into the final event of the Class 3A boys track and field Palatine Sectional Thursday night, the Broncos were all but guaranteed to win if they finished the 4x400-meter relay. Not only did they finish, but they Broncos ran a state-qualifying time of 3 minutes 22.24 seconds, ensuring them a team sectional championship for the first time since 2003.
“We had a great night. For the first time all year we ran with zero-percent chance of rain," coach Todd Kuklinski said. “I think I was more excited about that with the great weather.”
Junior sprinter Scotty Miller won the 100 meters (10.84) and 200 meters (21.79), while anchoring the Broncos' second-place, state-qualifying 4x200 relay squad. Fremd’s winning time of 1:28.35 nipped the Broncos' time of 1:28.68.
“Our goal this whole year was to win conference, we did that, and to win sectionals,” said Miller, who missed a large portion of this season due to pneumonia. “This is a big stepping stone.”
Traditionally a loaded sectional, this year did not disappoint. Temperatures above 60 degrees and little wind made for competitive races in both the track and field events. Nine runners qualified for the state meet in the 1,600 meters alone, with the race won by Lake Zurich freshman Matt Pereira in 4:16.88. Pereira also won the 3,200 (9:12.66).
Other individual winners were Grayslake North senior Alex Shulga in the 400 (49.80), Mundelein junior Bryce Richards in the 800 (1:54.91), Buffalo Grove senior Maurice Beryozkin in the 110 hurdles (14.94) and Libertyville junior Maxwell Roberts in the 300 hurdles (39.17). Barrington senior Parker Deloye won the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches), Lake Forest’s Connor Adams the long jump (22-4) and Palatine junior Jake LaRocca the pole vault (14-3). Libertyville senior Kevin Barbian won both the shot put (53-10.50) and discus (168-3).
In the other relays, Lake Forest (42.06) nipped Zion (42.49) for the 4x100 title while Hersey won the 4x800 (7:50.56).
Rounding out the top five teams were Palatine (56 points), Fremd (54 points), Lake Forest (53 points) and Warren (45 points).
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