Photo: Kaneland’s freshman phenom Lauren Zick has applied her craft to almost everything that Kaneland girls track has to offer, including long jump. Photo by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—At Millenium Field in Streamwood, Ill., the Lady Knights used key outings from some familiar names to reach a fifth-place plateau with 50 points.
West Aurora was a runaway winner with 136 points, followed by former Kaneland conference-mate Geneva at 72 points.
St. Charles East had 59 points followed by Burlington Central with 51.5 points in fourth place. Rosary gathered the same amount of points at KHS for fifth, as well.
Hampshire, St. Charles North, Batavia, East Aurora and Dundee-Crown rounded out the 11 teams.
“We could have gotten third if we were healthy, but overall I think we’ve done well at every meet,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “All the kids have run well and we’re pretty happy with that, and we’ve moved some things around.”
Noteworthy finishes for the Lady Knights crew included the 4x800m relay team finishing second with a time of 9 minutes, 44.69 seconds.
Freshman phenom Lauren Zick took second in the 400m dash with a time of 59.78 seconds, .96 seconds behind Geneva’s Taylor Wickware.
On the other end of the high school spectrum, Andie Strang took third in her final Kane County Meet 1600m run with an effort of 5:21.24.
Field events for Kaneland saw Gabby Aguirre take fourth in the high jump with a mark of five feet.
In the long jump, fellow sophomore Ashley Castellanos took fourth with a jump of 15-11.
Brooke Patterson’s 35-04.25 triple jump was a quarter-inch better than West Aurora’s Jasmine Ranson and enough to garner the Kane County Meet triple jump championship.
Patterson capped her evening off with a fourth place effort in the pole vault, hitting the 10-foot mark.
“I really want to improve on pole vault,” Patterson said. “I’ve gotten better throughout the season, but I really want to get to 11-06.”
The regular season homestretch for the Lady Knights continues with the first-ever NIB-12 Meet, hosted by Kaneland High School on Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m.