by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”Kaneland girls trackâ€™s first outdoor competition of the 2010 season saw some warm-for-April temperatures and some decent individual scores, but a third place finish as a team.
Kaneland, with 51 total points, finished behind Burlington Centralâ€™s 96 and Oregonâ€™s 55.
Four first-place finishes came down the Lady Knightsâ€™ way thanks to personnel Sara Wallace in the 300 meter low hurdles with a time of 54.33 seconds.
Wallace also took second in the pole vault.
â€œOn a day like today, I just have to keep my mind clear,â€ Wallace said. â€œTry not to think about it and drink a lot of water, and keep stretching throughout the whole meet, even if you donâ€™t have a lot to do.â€
Nicole Ketza won the discus with an effort of 87 feet, 10 inches. First-year track entry Brooke Patterson finished first in the triple jump (33-6) and the long jump (16-5).
Other second-place finishers were Arianna Espino in the 200m dash, Andie Strang in the 800m run, Hillary Luse in the 100m high hurdles, Keara Palpant in the shot put and Ashley Castellanos in the triple jump.
Coach Doug Ecker was realistic on the teamâ€™s fortunes on Tuesday, in the larger scale of the season.
â€œThis first outdoor meet gives them a chance to compete,â€ Ecker said. â€œYou donâ€™t want anyone to get hurt. It was nice to see Andie come back from her stress fracture and Lisa do well, and weâ€™re starting to get our distance runners back, and our jumpers did real well today.â€
Waiting in the wings for KHS is the annual Jill Holmes Invite on Saturday, April 10, at 10 a.m. and a meet at Batavia on Tuesday, April 13.
Top photo: Kanelandâ€™s Brooke Patterson, a gymnast by trade, works toward a first-place finish in the triple jump during Tuesdayâ€™s clash with BC and Oregon.
Photo by Ben Draper