by Mike Slodki
GENESEO, Ill.—Three runners in the top 10 equaled a second-place finish for the Kaneland Lady Knights cross-country team after Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big XII conference free-for-all.
Looking to build on improving PR’s and a young lineup ready to carry the load, the KHS crew’s 61 points was second only to conference champ Yorkville’s 32.
DeKalb (72), Dixon (101) and Sycamore (136) rounded out the top five.
Geneseo, Sterling, Rochelle, Morris, Ottawa, LaSalle-Peru and Streator completed the NIB-12 lineup in the six-through-12 spots.
While DeKalb sophomore Kelsey Schrader took the course prize at 18 minutes, 38.5 seconds, it was Lady Knight freshman Victoria Clinton putting herself in the thick of things with a fifth-place finish after a time of 19:05.6.
Following closely was fellow freshman teammate Aislinn Lodwig in ninth place at 19:27.2, and junior Abby Dodis at 19:28.0 in tenth.
The fourth fastest Kaneland runner was junior Maggie Brundige, who completed the course in 20:03.7
KHS coach Doug Ecker sees a positive trajectory.
“Varsity had the best team effort of the year, so far,” Ecker said. “Freshmen continue to improve each race.Teamwise, we are very satisfied with second-place finish in a tough and competitive 2A conference.”
Ahead for the Lady Knights is the IHSA Class 2A regional out at the familiar Elburn Woods on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m.