Photo courtesy YorkvilleCrossCountry.com
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—When you deal with boys cross-country rosters like Yorkville and Crystal Lake Central, the squeeze for sectionals can be a bit crowded.
Luckily, Kaneland’s crew can worry about Sectionals as an active participant.
The Knights, thanks to a 127-point output, took fifth place at the 2A regional at Elburn Woods on Saturday morning and are headed to Belvidere’s sectional.
The Foxes had 36 points, followed by CLC with 71, DeKalb with 117 and Burlington Central with 118.
Other teams advancing to this weekend were Aurora Central Catholic (138) and Sycamore (142).
Crystal Lake Central entry Alex Baker, a junior, was tops on the traditionally hilly course with a time of 15 minutes, 47 seconds, ahead of Rocket Clint Kliem by 3.3 seconds.
For the Knights, sophomore Kyle Carter came through again with a time of 16:33.1, good for ninth overall.
Junior John Meisinger was next in 16th place with a time of 16:55.2.
Knight junior Brandon Huber was 22nd with a time of 17:08.7.
Conor Johnson of KHS took 34th with a time of 17:25.4.
Knights coach Chad Clarey would like to see more of an effective punch lineup-wide. “We qualified as a team for the Sectional, obviously the most important factor of the day. We’ll go back to work this week, freshen up and make a run for the top five (Saturday) in Belvidere.”
The Saturday, Oct. 29, race begins at 11 a.m., and also features schools like Grayslake Central, Richmond-Burton, and other Northern Illinois Big XII schools like Dixon, Sterling and Rochelle.