Boys XC finishes seventh at NIB-12

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—In a tough group of teams, Kaneland had several standouts at the first-ever gathering of the Northern Illinois Big XII conference.

The meet at Elburn Woods saw the Yorkville Foxes take the crown with 46 points, compared to Dixon’s 75.

The Knights’ 138-point total was good for seventh, ahead of Rochelle (183) and behind Sterling (135).

Sterling’s Jacob Landis, at 16 minutes, nine seconds, took the course crown by nine seconds over Dixon’s Simon Thorpe.

Next up was Knight Trevor Holm, who has been at or near the top for much of this season.

Holm, who ran his Elburn Woods-best at 16:24, had a good run at this late regular season juncture, according to KHS coach Chad Clarey.

“Our goal today was to try and hit some personal records on this course, because it’s far different from the rest that we compete on,” Clarey said. “Trevor had a great race and he’s still coming back from being sick last week. He’s in a good spot. He might be disappointed that he didn’t win on his home course, but you can’t always pick your best races.”

“Although he may not have been satisfied with the outcome, he will continue to feel fresher and faster with the taper,” Clarey said.

Junior Nate Rehkopf was 23rd at 17:24, and also set a new PR for himself.

“I’m pretty pleased how we’re doing as a team and how I’m doing personally,” Rehkopf said. “Trevor’s been good leading the guys, and it’s usually been me, Clayton Brundige and Grant Alef backing him up. We have a good team on all levels.”

Tommy Whittaker, running his last Elburn Woods course, ran in 17:49 and set a new PR, as well.

Additionally, junior Jake Ginther finished 33rd with a time of 18:07.

Photo: Tommy Whittaker runs his way to a 17:49 finish during Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Elburn Woods. Photo by Ashley Leonetti