by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—Looking at indicators for how the Lady Knights track season will end up?
The Tuesday gathering at Burlington Central with the host Rockets and the Oregon Hawks is a positive one.
Kaneland finished second with 66 points behind BC’s 90-point total. Oregon finished third with 31.5 points.
Despite the exceptional showing by BC, Kaneland came up big with a number of first- and second-place finishes.
Kaneland’s 4×800 meter relay foursome took second with a time of 11 minutes, 14.48 seconds.
It was a good outing for sisters Andie and Sydney Strang in the 3200m run. St. Joseph’s College-bound Andie won the event in 12:32.56, while the freshman Strang was right behind in 12:35.24.
Freshman Lauren Zick took first in the 100m dash with a time of 13.02 seconds, a half-second better than the field.
Zick also finished first in the 400m dash at 1:01.68, while teammate Brooke Patterson was second at 1:05.62.
Sophomore Amanda Lesak was second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 55.84 seconds, and Sydney Strang appeared again in the 1600m run with a second-place finish at 6:02.90.
Standout Ashley Castellanos finished second in the 200m dash with a time of 28.43.
Patterson appeared once again in solid fashion for the pole vault event, taking second at 9 feet, 6 inches.
Zick finished her fine showing with a 16-02 effort in the long jump, good for first.
With the growing buzz, Zick is taking things meet-by-meet, and handling the early success the best she can.
“Yeah, it is a little bit overwhelming, because I’m going up against the best girls in the state” Zick said. “It’s tough competition, but it’s fun.”
The freshman doesn’t feel she’s hit her ultimate stride yet in events like the long jump.
“I’m definitely getting better at it. Each meet I’m getting about four or five more inches and today I set a new personal record,” Zick said.
In the triple jump event, Patterson and Castellanos went 1-2, with Patterson finishing at 35-02 and Castellanos at 33-03.
Ahead for girls track is the annual Kaneland-hosted Jill Holmes Invitational on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m.