MOROCCO | River Forest had to wait to find out if it had won the Greater South Shore Conference meet Thursday at North Newton due to timing and scoring issues.
The wait was well worth it for the Ingots who held off Wheeler and Bishop Noll to grab the title with 134 points. The Bearcats totaled 103 points and Bishop Noll 94.
It's the second straight title for River Forest.
"This is the only sport River Forest has won conference since we started this conference," Ingots coach Brian Wesley said. "There's definitely a lot of pride, and it was nice to bring this home."
Jaime Cervantes won the high jump and the 400 to pace the Ingots, who did a good job of scoring in each event.
"I told my guys, ‘Hey, we're shooting for, trying to score in the top four," Wesley said. "If we can get in the top four, we can rack up as many points as we can and pull out ahead."
James Lewis won the long jump to help the River Forest cause.
Wheeler coach Louie Guillen said his kids fought until the very end and won two of the three relays.
"We're going to be back better next year," he said. "I'm proud of the way they competed."
Except for a brief shower midway through the meet, the weather cooperated.
Robert Hurd had a good night for Wheeler, winning the 100 and 200 and placing third in the long jump.
"We've been picking it up in practice," Hurd said. "Coach Anderson, our sprint coach, is an Olympian and she's been training us real hard. Coaching is pretty good, and I was feeling pretty good. We finally had some nice weather."
Hurd is just a sophomore.
"He's a great athlete," Guillen said. "Hopefully, we'll see some big things from him in the coming years."