by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After the 2011 results of the annual Peterson Prep boys track meet at Kaneland, the Knights’ fortunes could only get so much better.
Fortunately for Kaneland, the result of doing only so much better meant first place.
Falling short of West Aurora’s first-place, a year ago, the Knights’ clutch performances in many events meant 84 points, and the Peterson Prep crown.
KHS defeated Geneva (75 points), Burlington Central (64), West Aurora (50) and Yorkville (41) to reign over the Saturday field.
The exceptional outputs were highlighted by Knights like Nate Dyer, who beat the field in both the shot put and discus events.
A sophomore, Dyer threw 48 feet, two inches in the shot, and 153-09 in the discus.
Dyer, who competed in State events as a middle school athlete and earned some valuable experience a year ago, feels this group of throwers can provide point cushions that coach Eric Baron has been looking for the past several seasons.
“It’s been a pretty good meet, and I’ve been feeling good this season and after my throws today. All three of the top throwers here can make big throws,” Dyer said.
Field personnel like Marshall Farthing also had a productive morning, as the junior achieved a personal record in the high jump at 6 feet, 3 inches for third place.
KHS’ effort was apparent in events like the 100 meter dash finals in which senior Sean Carter took fourth with a time of 11.65 seconds.
Junior Dylan Pennington took fifth in the 200m dash finals thanks to a 24.02 time.
“I tried to keep as close as I could to the lead and it worked out,” Pennington said.
Pennington won his preliminary heat with a time of 23.75 seconds, and hopes the production in all his events continues.
“I hope in the 4×200 we can beat the school record. I feel I could be better,” Pennington said.
Dylan Nauert was crowned king of the 300m hurdles with a time of 40.68 seconds.
Meanwhile, in relay clashes, the Knights’ 4x100m foursome took first with a time of 43.78, the 4x200m unit took first with a time of 1:31.31 and the 4x400m relay squad took second at 3:26.62.
Ahead for the Knights’ boys track crew is a trip to the Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, April 27, before hosting both Morris and Yorkville on Tuesday, May 1.