by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Youâ€™ll have to excuse the KHS boys cross country roster for being full.
They feasted on the Pretzel Invitational on Saturday.
Keyed by a first-place effort from senior star Trevor Holm, the Knightsâ€™ 45-point total beat out Rock Falls (57) and Rockford Boylan (57). Itâ€™s their third Pretzel title.
Holmâ€™s 15 minute, nine second time was 21 seconds better than Boylanâ€™s Matt Melloch.
The Knights had a big boost from sophomore call ups Conor Johnson and John Meisinger. Johnson finished in eighth place with a time of 16:16, while Meisinger took tenth at 16:22.
â€œOur biggest keys to success, and the championship, came from sophomore call ups,â€ KHS coach Chad Clarey said. â€œEach were able to garner top-10 places, racing with some tough, top runners of the other schools.â€
Junior Nate Rehkopf took 14th at 16:29.
The JV ranks saw KHS take second place with 36 points, behind Rockford Jeffersonâ€™s 25.
Ryan Paulson finished fifth with a time of 17:23 and Ryan Bowen took eighth at 17:36.
Kanelandâ€™s next challenge is the Sterling Invite on Saturday, Oct. 9.