by Mike Slodki
AURORA—Oakhurst Park in Aurora was the site of a new challenge for the Kaneland boys cross country squad, and the Knights met it in a tough field.
With 204 points, Kaneland’s young but deep roster procured a ninth-place finish out of 18 squads. Yorkville won the meet with 91 points.
“We accomplished what we set out to do, closing the gap on schools ahead of us and racing to some personal best times,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.
Plainfield East, Marmion Academy, Oswego and West Aurora rounded out the top five.
Metea Valley High School senior Joe Stewart took the race with a time of 14 minutes, 30.5 seconds.
The top finisher for KHS was first-time top Knight Conor Johnson, who finished at 15:31.3. 29th-place Johnson was followed closely by sophomore Kyle Carter, who finished 33rd at 15:35.2.
Junior John Meisinger took 51st at 15:50.7, with Brandon Huber packed close behind at 15:52.9, good for 53rd.
“We love the versatility of our lineup—to have a different runner popping up with a big race,” Clarey said.
The Knights head off to the Freeport Invite to take care of some NIC-10 compeition on Saturday, Oct. 1.