By Tiffany L. Rehbein
They are good and they proved to the Northern Division just how good on Thursday.
The KG KouGars won their third consecutive boys' divisional title behind a convincing 151 1/2 points.
They outdistanced second-place finishing Centerville by 68 1/2 points.
The Chester Coyotes won the girls' title, topping a second-place finish last season, with 116 points. Big Sandy finished second with 75 points.
The top five individual placers and top five relays advance to the State Class C meet.
Carlane Jensen of Chester continued her dominance, setting a new meet record in the javelin with a toss of 140-1. It was also a personal-best throw for her.
KG's Kim Berg placed second in the event. The freshman threw a personal-best 137-3. She also placed fourth in the long jump, leaping 15-2 1/2.
Jensen also placed first in the triple jump, leaping 34-11. It was also her farthest jump of the year. She placed third in the shot put with a toss of 34-7 1/2.
She tossed the discus 113 feet, two inches and placed second. Angela Peek of J-I qualified for state with a third-place finish in the event. She threw the discus 107 feet, three inches, setting a personal-best mark.
Teammate Michele Van Dyke placed first in the high jump at 5-4. Jensen tied for third in the event at 5-0.
Big Sandy's Jenny Silvan set a new meet record in the pole vault, matching her personal-best, at nine feet, three inches.
Teammate Kate Bitz placed first in the 800 with a time of 2:26.13 and the 1,600 meters, clocking in at 5:46.5.
Eryn Darlington placed second in the 800. The Big Sandy athlete finished with a time of 2:26.28.
Chester's 1,600-meter relay Maci Tempel, Jamie Graham, Katy Engstrom, and Van Dyke also placed first with a time of 4:15.75.
Debbie Brown of Chester placed second in the 3,200 with a time of 13:04.37. Hannah Brown was close behind, finishing third in 13:04.38.
Blue Sky's Lindsey Letang placed third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:47.81. Big Sandy's Sheena Darlington placed fifth with a time of 5:48.84.
Chester's Van Dyke and Engstrom qualified for state in the 800.
Tempel placed second in the 400 (61.91) and in the 300 hurdles (47.9).
Emily Tranberg of Chester, Natalie Strissel of Blue Sky, and Big Sandy's Silvan also qualified for state in the long hurdles.
Silvan and Tranberg also qualified for state in the 100 hurdles.
Big Sandy's Kristi Upham placed third in the 200 (27.62), while Tempel an Blue Sky's Carlye Reddig each ran state-qualifying times.
In the 100 meters, Reddig and Upham qualified for state, while Tami Infante of Box Elder notched the only Bears' point in the event behind a sixth-place finish.
On the boys' side, KG qualified at least one person in all 17 events during their parade through the meet.
KG's 400-meter relay, Eric Hanson, and Joey Stuart all tallied first-place finishes.
Hanson won the 800 with a time of 2:02.8 and placed third in the 1,600 meters.
Stuart won the triple jump, leaping 43-7 3/4. He also placed second in the long jump (20-1/4) and high hurdles (41.18).
The relay Justin Simenson, Roger Larson, Stuart, Eric Marshall clocked in at 44.85.
Marshall placed third in the 100 and 200 meters. Justin Antonich and Jared Miller qualified for state in the 110 hurdles. Antonich also placed third in the javelin, while Miller placed second in the high jump and pole vault.
Larson placed third in the 400 meters and qualified for state in the triple jump, while Tyler Kapperud qualified for state in the 800.
Aaron Smith grabbed two second-place finishes in the distance runs, with times of 4:34.9 in the 1,600 and 9:48.71 in the 3,200.
Virgil Stewart placed fifth in the 3,200, while Robbie Gomke placed fifth in the shot put.
Tel Sterner snatched a second-place finish in the discus with a toss of 135-11.
Big Sandy's Mace Mangold cleared 13-0 for the first-place finish in the pole vault. He also qualified for state in the javelin.
Teammate Lance Nelson qualified in the pole vault as well.
Chester's Jeff Graham placed first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.5, tying the meet record. He will also advance to state in the 200 meters.