by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”It was cold and windy, but Knights boys track managed to leave all but one team in its collective dust on Friday.
With 103 points, the Kaneland Knights took a second-place nod during the 2010 Kane County Invite out at West Aurora High School.
The host Blackhawks, with 126.5 points, took the crown, with Geneva (73), St. Charles North (68), Batavia (61.5) rounding out the top five.
The noteworthy finishes began with Taylor Andrews and Logan Markuson finishing 2-3 in the finals of the 110m high hurdles. Andrews ran in 14.90 seconds, while the University of Minnesota-bound Markuson was .03 seconds behind.
Markuson was in the same boat as everyone in terms of having to brave the conditions.
â€œYou just try to run the same throughout, and thereâ€™s a little bit of a tailwind, which isnâ€™t ideal, but I guess everyone has to run in the same thing,â€ Markuson said.
Markuson might have a leg up in terms of competitors, as heâ€™ll be competing in Minneapolis next season on a partial scholarship.
â€œIt was nerve-wracking at first,â€ Markuson said. â€œThey were interested and it felt like a big deal. Iâ€™m excited for it, and I love the campus.â€
Kaneland asset Nick Sinon took second place in the high jump thanks to an effort of six feet, three inches; four inches behind West Auroraâ€™s Aviance King.
Knight Derek Bus, with a time of 51.12 seconds, was king of the 400m dash.
Markuson, with a pole vault effort of 13-09, was first in that event, a half-foot better than the next entry.
Kanelandâ€™s 800m sprint medley foursome finished first with a time of 1:43.80, while the 4x400m relay squad was first at 3:27.31.
Additionally, the Knight 4x800m relay unit beat the field with a time of 8:04.58.
In the triple jump, Kanelandâ€™s Sinon finished third with an effort of 42-5.25 feet, and he also took third in the long jump with a tally of 20-7.25.
In the 300m hurdles event, Markuson became invite champ at 39.89 seconds, while Andrews finished in third at 40.74.
Coming up for the Knights: the final version of the Western Sun Conference meet in Geneva on Friday, May 14.