by Keith Beebe
Peoriaâ€”â€œBittersweetâ€ would be an accurate term to describe Kaneland senior Trevor Holm’s performance at the IHSA boys cross country 2A State Finals on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
Holm finished in 37th place with a time of 15:25, failing to earn an All-State medal. However, his time was both a personal best and the fastest ever for a Kaneland Knight at Detweiller Park, eclipsing the previous record of 15:26 set by Jim Probst in 1987.
â€œI thought Trevor was a little disappointed after the race that he wasn’t able to repeat as an All-State athlete even though he ran 10 seconds faster this year,â€ KHS coach Chad Clarey said. â€œWe’re very proud of him, though. He gutted it out and left everything he had out on the track.â€
Holm was slightly less enthusiastic about his performance despite the record-setting time.
â€œIt wasn’t my best race. I peaked way too early into the season and it was just downhill from there,â€ he said. â€œI could’ve run a way lower time. I ran 15:09 in the beginning of October, and it was by myself. I felt great then, but I just peaked too early.â€
Clarey said this was Holm’s first completely healthy, 12-week season since his freshman year.
â€œIn past years, he’s had to get himself prepared and ready on a shortened timetable because of illnesses at the start of his season, but he did a great job all season long this year,â€ he said. â€œAnd Trevor’s basically been going at maximum speed with training and everything since the end of last season.â€
Clarey also pointed out the significance of Holm breaking the Kaneland record in his final high school race.
â€œThe fact that Trevor ran a personal-best race at the end of his career is something special, even if it didn’t net an All-State medal this year. And he went out by setting the fastest time on that course,â€ he said.
Photo: Kanelandâ€™s Trevor Holm was unable to repeat as an all-state athlete, even after running the fastest time in Knight history at the state meet. Holm finished 37th at the IHSA State Meet with a time of 15:25.