Liz Crissy had no margin for error after two misses at three consecutive heights in the high jump on Thursday evening.
The senior, an extremely diverse athlete for the Redhawks' girls track and field team, delivered each time.
Crissy made five-foot-two, 5-3 and 5-4 on her third attempt and went on to win the only area event at the DuPage Valley Conference championship by needing only one chance to ascend 5-5.
By coming within an inch of the all-time conference record, Crissy also denied West Aurora freshman sensation Emma Spagnola a fourth individual title.
Crissy failed to place in the 300 hurdles—won by Spagnola—but anchored third-place Redhawk relays at 800 and 1,600 meters.
"(Track and field) gives you a lot of opportunities to try different events," Chrissy said of her versatility. "It's not like going to basketball practice."
Naperville Central was fourth as a team in the eight-team field; was sixth.
"The whole thing with (Crissy) in the high jump is the consistency issue," Central coach Mike Stine said. "Given the right time and conditions, if you can go 5-6, 5-7, then you could find yourself on the podium (at the state finals)."
Jenny Alberts, who returned to the fold after spending two years in Singapore, was another leader for Central.
The senior ran a splendid first leg in the Redhawks' second-place 3,200 relay, and her bid for the open 400 title ended in a hard-fought runner-up slot.
"It's always good to run against good competition," Alberts said. "(The 75-minute lightening delay before the 400) definitely makes it more of a mental race."
Alberts concluded her day by helping the 1,600 relay to third.
Kailey Mikulec, the Redhawks' other senior workhorse, was disappointed after shelving the 1,600 relay with a calf injury.
"It wasn't a very good day for me," said Mikulec, fifth in the open 800 after also performing in the 3,200 relay. "I really wasn't mentally into it."
In addition to the victorious Crissy effort in the high jump, Central received field-medalist efforts from Carrie Devaney (pole vault), Lisa Huang (long jump) and Emily Dierking (triple jump).
North was led by Rachel Weathered on the track and the incongruous field-event sequence championed by Hope Turner.
The latter was third in the pole vault and discus.
Weathered ran a highly-respectable 5 minutes, 16.58 seconds to place third in the 1,600 run.
"This is my first year in track," the junior said, noting her successful cross country campaign last fall was the main impetus for joining the Huskies' track team this spring. "It felt like we all went out slow. The third and fourth laps were so fast."
"Rachel Weathered, the miler, is coming on real nice," Naperville North coach Chuck Hoff said.
All four North relays placed as well.
The Huskies' 3,200 relay shaved 15 seconds off its season low to place third.
West Aurora had eight combined individual and relay championships to turn back Wheaton South, 125-113, for the team title.