KANELANDâ€”What better way to let a future conference rival know whoâ€™s king of the track than to show them a year early.
Thanks to strong individual performances, the Kaneland High School boys track team was tops overall at the Ottawa Invite on Saturday afternoon, racking up 193 team points.
Moline was close by with 190 points, and Peoria Richwoods rounded out the top three with 134 points.
On Tuesday, the Knights took care of host Glenbard South by a 74-20 clip.
The exceptional finishes in Ottawa began with senior Jemmar Parrenas, who vaulted to 11 feet, six inches in pole vault grouping B for second place. Teammate Logan Markuson took the honors in pole vault A at 14 feet.
In the high jump event, sophomore Frankie Furco entered the mix with a second-place showing in the B group at 5-08, while Nick Sinon took first in the A group at 6-02.
For the long jump C category, Matt Spitzzeri finished second at 18-10.5.
In triple jump B, freshman Marshall Farthing finished second at 38-08.5.
In the 4x800m relay A race, the senior foursome of Derek Bus, Dominic Furco, Joe Levita and Edgar Valle beat out the competition at 8:15.53, beating Lincoln-Way Eastâ€™s unit by 6.41 seconds.
In the 110m hurdles C group, freshman Chad Swieca finished second at 18.12, while Taylor Andrews took second with a time of 15.87 seconds in 110m hurdles B.
Dominic Furco finished second in the 800m run C with a time of 2:08.71. Teammate Clayton Brundige, with a run of 2:07.13, finished second in the 800m run C group.
Swieca won the 300m hurdles C race at 45.19 seconds, while Andrews finished second in 300m hurdles B.
Markuson won the 300m hurdles A race at 40.50. Matt Reusche was tops in the 1600m run C with a time of 4:47.86.
Kanelandâ€™s foursome of Tommy Whittaker, Bus, Andrews and Markuson took the top spot in the 4x400m relay A with a time of 3:25.90.
Against the Raiders, Sinon won the long jump at 20-7.75, and the high jump at 6-4. Markuson took the pole vault at 13-6.
Kanelandâ€™s 4×800 relay won at 9:21.1, and the 4×400 finished first at 3:29.3.
Dominic Furco took the 3200m run at 10:43.4.
Andrews finished first in the 110 hurdles at 15.4 seconds, and also first in the 300m hurdles at 40.7.
Trevor Holm won the 1600m run at 4:39.3, while Sean Paulick won the 800m run at 2:11.3.
The Knights host the annual Peterson Prep on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m.
Photo: Curtis Secrest and Andrew Essex participate in a sprint relay down at the Ottawa Invite on Saturday. Courtesy Photo