Girls run mid-pack in Sterling race
by Mike Slodki
STERLINGâ€”Could it be a perfect storm of sorts for the Lady Knights cross country team?
With senior leader Andie Strang running under 19 minutes for the first time since freshman year at Saturdayâ€™s Sterling Invitational, and the return of several key personnel, this could be fun sailing for the rest of the 2010 campaign.
â€œVery proud of all my girls today,â€ KHS coach Doug Ecker said. â€œThese are exciting times for us, on a tough week. Weâ€™re down a couple runners, but we are not out.â€
The Lady Knights finished 12th out of 28 squads with 334 points, edging Sycamore by three points.
The Lady Saxons of Schaumburg High School took the Sterling crown with 49 points followed by Iowa City High School at 86.
Strangâ€™s 18 minute, 51 second effort was good for 22nd place. The next three KHS runners finished in a row in 67th through 69th place.
Ashley Castellanos ran in 20:03, as did Andieâ€™s sister Sydney, running her first race in six weeks. They were joined by Jen Howland, making her return from injuries at 20:06.
The Lady Knights now prepare for the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Elburn Woods on Saturday, Oct. 16.