by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Knights boys track is performing at a high level at this seasonâ€™s juncture, judging by Saturdayâ€™s home meeting and Tuesday conference action.
Kaneland took the annual Peterson Prep Invitation held in Maple Park this past Saturday with a showing of 100 points. Geneva came in second at 86 points, followed by West Aurora (77 points), Dundee-Crown (52) and Lincoln-Way Central (36).
KHS saw exceptional finishes throughout the afternoon. Derek Bus, with a run of 1 minute, 56.83 seconds, finished second in the 800 meter run, while teammate Edgar Valle took fifth with a time of 1:58.31.
In the 1600m run, Matt Reusche of Kaneland finished sixth at 4:38.68.
In the 3200m run, Trevor Holm ran the track in 10:03.77, good for sixth in the finals.
The hurdles yielded big gains for the Knights, with Taylor Andrews and Logan Markuson having a productive afternoon.
Andrews and Markuson finished in the top three of the 110m hurdles semifinals, before Andrews finished first at 14.55 second, and Markuson finished .06 behind to cinch the top two spots.
In the 300m hurdles, Markuson finished second (39.53) and Andrews finished third (40.25).
Relay action saw the foursome of Tommy Whittaker, Bus, Valle and Markuson win the 4x400m relay at 3:22.55, a new meet record.
Kaneland also had a fifth-place finish in 4x800m relay competition thanks to Sean Paulick, Joe Levita, Dominic Furco and Clayton Brundige running in 8:23.64.
Nick Sinon finished with an effort of six feet, six inches in the high jump for second place.
Marksuon vaulted to a 14 foot pole vault effort, good enough for the top spot at the invite, while Jemmar Parrenas finished second at 13 feet.
Sinon was at it again with a second-place long jump try at 21-09, followed by teammate Paulick at 21-05 for fourth place.
â€œIt was a tremendous effort by Sean and Nick today,â€ coach Eric Baron said. â€œSean is talented, but that was a huge jump, and the long jump is Nickâ€™s best event.â€
Paulick, who jumped a foot farther than his usual effort in the prelims, was pleased with the outcome.
â€œI did the same thing that I always do after warming up,â€ Paulick said. â€œI thought it was just a typical jump and it ended up being a foot farther. This season is starting out great, you couldnâ€™t ask for anything more, and the whole team is clicking.â€
Brock Dyer had an encouraging third-place showing in the discus at 135-02.
Tuesday saw the boys travel to Geneva and score 75 points to beat the Vikingsâ€™ 62 point total and DeKalbâ€™s 46.