KANELANDâ€”With Kaneland and Dixon suiting up as Northern Illinois Big 12 conference mates next season, what better way for Lady Knights girls track to get their name out in that territory than at the annual Dixon Relays.
Friday afternoon saw KHS finish seventh in a talented 10-team field by President Ronald Reaganâ€™s boyhood home, with a total of 54.5 points. Kaneland finished 2.5 points behind Dixon and 4.5 points behind Rochelle.
Harlem (118), Geneseo (88) and Sterling (84) took the top three spots.
In the unusual weight events 4x100m relay, Mel Mazuc, Keara Palpant, Nicole Ketza and Briana Stark took a first place with 57.03 seconds.
The pole vault event also went to Kaneland, thanks to the efforts of Brooke Patterson, Hillary Luse and Sara Wallace, who hit 25 feet in the finals.
Patterson, still a rookie to the track ranks, has now become a true asset to KHS girls track in events like the triple jump and vault.
â€œI think itâ€™s a good start,â€ Patterson said on Tuesday. â€œI try to have fun because itâ€™s my first year doing it.â€
Patterson is not as far behind the curve as most, with a gymnastics background.
â€œIt definitely helped in pole vault, I knew how to turn upside down when I had to,â€ Patterson said.
Kaneland also brought home a couple of third-place finishes, as Lisa Roberson, Jessica Stouffer, Kris Bowen and Andie Strang ran 10:05.11 in the varsity 4x800m relay. Harlem won the event with a time of 9:58.
On the frosh/soph end of that event, Maggie Brundige, Abby Dodis, Savanah Miles and Kelly Evers ran a 10:51.90 to clinch third.
Tuesday had some Western Sun Conference action in store for the Lady Knights in DeKalb against the host Lady Barbs and Geneva.