Brian Long said Yorkville's boys were motivated to return to the top in conference cross country.
The Foxes did just that.
To no surprise, Yorkville's girls team matched them.
Yorkville made it a clean sweep of the Northern Illinois Big 12 cross country meet Monday at Kaneland, taking home both the boys and girls team championships.
Yorkville's boys, third last year, scored 47 points to edge Kaneland (64) and Sycamore (69). Ben Summers, fourth individually in 15:57.9, paced the Foxes.
"Prior to last year it was pretty much a norm to win conference," said Long, Yorkville's boys coach. "That's something that the guys had talked about is wanting that championship trophy back at Yorkville. I think that definitely helped them persevere on during a race and they didn't give up. It was nice to see that camaraderie and perseverance."
Yorkville had seven of the top 20 runners in the boys race.
Joining Summers was Ivan Westcott (seventh, 16:08.5), Patrick Black (11th, 16:09.6), Zack Price (12th, 16:22.0), Matt Cox (13th, 16:22.8), Ben Tholen (16th, 16:34.9) and Eric Nauman (20th, 16:41.2).
"Zack wasn't feeling too well, and he still finished among our top five runners. Our No. 3 runner, the freshman (Westcott) ran an incredible race," Long said. "Every week you don't know who is going to step up. Everybody did the job that they were supposed to.
"I feel all the miles they put in over the summer, they're in the best shape they have been in since I have been here. We started making that snowball at the Minnesota meet in September and it keeps getting better and better."
Yorkville's girls team ran away with the team title. The Foxes scored 23 points to runner-up Kaneland's 80. Yorkville had six of the top 12 runners, with Alyssa Edwards (17:43.1) and Helena Kleronomos (17:49.2) finishing first and second, respectively.
"I'm really proud of winning all three races on the girls side," Yorkville coach Chris Muth said. "We only had six girls running, and I believe all of them were all-conference. They ran pretty strong races. Helena, specifically, had a great race up there."
Also for Yorkville, Olivia Borowiak took fifth (18:55.0), Emily Eberhart was seventh (19:09.5), Mady Klebenow was eighth (19:15.1) and Victoria Crawford was 12th (19:38.9).
"Our split was a little bit bigger than normal, partially because one of our top runners (Nicole Greyer) was sick, but I'm very excited about our depth," Muth said. "We want to be hitting on all cylinders in the next few weeks."