PEORIAâ€”Whatever the fortunes of the Kaneland High School boys cross country team this season, the Knights have a gelling core that will give those fortunes a fighting chance.
At cross-country hub Detweiler Park in Peoria, Kaneland finished eighth out of 36 teams at the Woodruff Invite.
With 321 points, KHS outlasted Aurora Central Catholic, which had 341 points. Just ahead of KHS was Woodstock at 313 points.
The top three squads were Normal U-High at 64 points, Burlington High School of Iowa at 151 points, and Yorkville at 163.
Kaneland anchor Trevor Holm showed what he was capable of with an eighth-place finish at 15 minutes, 30 seconds, just five seconds shy of a school record.
In 58th place was Clayton Brundige at 16:29, a personal best by 30 seconds. Teammate Nate Rehkopf took 74th with a time of 16:42.
With a 16:49 effort, Grant Alef took 81st place.
More PR times came Kanelandâ€™s way thanks to Jake Ginther in 108th place (17:16), Tommy Whittaker in 130th (17:35) and Devin Swearingen in 137th (17:40).
â€œWe are a slow starting team looking to build some momentum these next 3-4 weeks,â€ KHS coach Chad Clarey said. â€œItâ€™s going to be a very formidable challenge, battling in the new NIB-12, and through the State series. We have confidence in or boys and the direction weâ€™re heading.â€
The direction the Knights are headed is toward Saturday, Sept. 18, and the annual Eddington Invite event at Elburn Woods.