by Mike Slodki
ELBURNâ€”Tuesdayâ€™s opening meet for the Kaneland boys cross-country roster seemed to serve two purposes.
The muggy afternoon skirmish with visiting Wheaton Academy and West Chicago provided a winning experience, as well as a learning experience.
The varsity rankings had KHS win with 27 points, compared to the Wildcatsâ€™ 37 and the Warriorsâ€™ 70.
However, toward the final leg of the three-mile race, Knight asset Trevor Holm was outpaced by West Chicagoâ€™s Gunnar Sterne, who beat Holm by seven seconds at 16 minutes, 46 seconds.
â€œHolm ran a good race, just outkicked by a better runner at this point. Lessons should be learned every week. Heâ€™ll be tougher for it,â€ Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said.
The next four KHS finishers were separated by 44 seconds. Clayton Brundige finished fourth at 18:11, Grant Alef finished sixth at 18:31, Nate Rehkopf finished seventh at 18:51. Jake Ginther took eighth at 18:55.
Alef was pleased as far as first meets go.
â€œI think it was a pretty good meet overall,â€ Alef said. â€œWe definitely still have work to do and have a lot of room for improvement.â€
On the JV side, Kaneland beat West Chicago, 15-72.
The race was highlighted by John Meisingerâ€™s 14:34 on the 2.4-mile course, and Luis Acostaâ€™s 15:05.
Future action for the Knights include a home matchup at Elburn Woods with East Aurora and Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m.
Photo: Itâ€™s a pack of Knights at Tuesdayâ€™s Elburn Woods encounter with West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.
Photo by Mike Slodki