Sandburg, like every boys’ track program in the state, was pumped and primed to move from the indoor season to the outdoor one. And the Eagles made their first outside appearance at the Hillcrest Hawk Invitational a memorable one.
Last year’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue champion finished first in a 14-school field that included fellow 2013 league kingpins Bloom Township (Southland Athletic Conference) and Shepard (South Suburban Conference Red). Sandburg racked up 129 points to finish 30 ahead of runner-up Crete Monee.
Brother Rice (95), Bloom (87) and Shepard (63½) rounded out the top five.
“We were pretty tired of those indoor meets,” Eagles coach Joe Nemeth said. “It was a really nice night for our first meet. This was the best weather we’ve had at Hillcrest in the decade we’ve competed at that invite.
“In the first week, we just kind of see how things go, and I thought we did pretty well. I think we’re fine as a team.
“It was a pretty tough winter for everybody, [but] all of our guys persevered through some of those cold months. We started practices in January, [so] we were more than ready to get outdoors.”