ROCKFORD - The Belvidere North Blue Thunder girls track team turned in the most dominating conference meet performance in the NIC-10 in the past 20 years.

Belvidere North, which claimed its second straight conference title, scored 209 points to second place Machesney Park Harlem's 127.5 in the meet that stretched from Wednesday to Friday because of weather delays. That 81.5-point margin of victory is the largest in the last 20 NIC-10 girls meets.

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It surpassed Freeport's 81-point win in 2001 over Belvidere (183-102) and the Pretzels' 80-point margin over the same Bucs in 2000 (172.5-92.5).

The Blue Thunder took first place in 14 of 18 events. The only events North failed to win were the hurdles races and the shot and discus.

There were stellar performances all over.

  • Grace Bundschuh won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and was a member of the victorious 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams.
  • Kate Oteng-Bediako won the long jump and high jump and ran anchor on the 4x100.
  • Sabrina Elder won the 400 and was on the 4x400 and 4x800 winning teams.
  • Kayla McGuire won the 800 and also was on the 4x400 and 4x800 winning teams.

Second-place Harlem had Cloey Fare win the 100-meter high hurdles. The 127 points scored by the Huskies was the most since the scored 137 in taking second in 2013.

The largest margin of victories since 1999:

  1. Belvidere North, 2018, 209-127.5 over Harlem.
  2. Freeport, 2001, 183-102 over Belvidere.
  3. Freeport, 2000, 172.5-92.5 over Belvidere.
  4. Hononegah, 2014, 151-92 over Freeport.
  5. Belvidere, 1999, 154-98 over Hononegah.
  6. Hononegah, 2005, 165-113.5 over Boylan.

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