Two Kaneland HS relay teams earned all-state honors last weekend.
Photos by Marshall Farthing
Knights’ 2A trip to
EIU sees five All-State
efforts, three records
by Mike Slodki
CHARLESTON, Ill.—When you send as many Class 2A State finalists for boys track as Kaneland High School did, you’ll push some entries to the finals by sheer force and numbers.
Or in the case of this past weekend, by speed.
With five finalists, the Knights program achieved All-State medal honors in those events.
A year ago, Taylor Andrews won the 110m high hurdles in Class 2A, while Nick Sinon claimed the high jump in the 2010 try that featured the Knights taking second in the entire state.
This season, with 19 points, Kaneland finished an exceptional 11th.
Cahokia High School was crowned champ with 67 points, while former KHS conference rival Glenbard South took second with 56. The other local school to finish near Kaneland was Burlington Central with 22 points for 10th.
“Our program gained a great deal of experience this past weekend as we look towards next year,” KHS coach Eric Baron.
For KHS, the top finish was the 4×200 meter really unit of Dylan Pennington, Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier and Sean Carter, who took third with a time of 1:29.89 in the finals, a school record. Glenbard South’s team won the race with just .31 faster of a time.
Other exceptional relay action featured the 4x100m relay foursome of Bishop, Cottier, Dylan Nauert and Carter, which finished sixth in the finals at 42.70 seconds, marking another school record.
Individually, Nauert added a sixth-place finish to his mantle with a 39.34 second time on the 300m low hurdles event.
In the 200m dash event, Carter took seventh in the finals at 22.80 seconds.
Finally, the 4x800m school relay group of Conor Johnson, Nate Kucera, Clayton Brundige and Kyle Carter finished ninth overall with a clip of 8:02.68. A 7:59.87 time in prelims was good for a school record, as well.
Other State qualifiers that were in crowded fields included Kory Harner, who vaulted 13 feet in the pole vault.
Nate Dyer ended his season with a 50 feet, 1.5 inch toss in the shot put prelims.
Cottier’s effort in the 100m dash prelims was a 11.46 time.
With the season ended, the Knights say goodbye to Brundige, Sean Carter, Mitch Dienst, Andrew Essex, Miki Marin, Marcel Neil, Kelvin Peterson, Nate Rehkopf and Brandon Stahl.