As a pack
KHS boys XC team takes 6 of top 7 spots in season opener
Kaneland—Pack running has long been the mantra of the Kaneland High School boys cross country team under head coach Chad Clarey. If the team’s performance in Tuesday’s season-opener is any indication of what to expect this year, the Knights will be just fine.
“We are happy with our first run on the home course,” Clarey said after Tuesday’s win over West Chicago and Wheaton Academy. “We clearly have a lot to work on, but this has a very good feel for the start of a strong campaign.”
The Knights took six of the top seven spots on their way to a 19-point team tally, taking first place by far in the three-team field. Wheaton Academy took second in the tri-meet with 53 points, followed by West Chicago with 108.
Kyle Carter took the top individual spot with a time of 16:39, well in front of the second-place finisher, Noah VanDyke of Wheaton Academy, who crossed the finish line at 17:24.
“Kyle Carter broke away from the pack and finished with our fastest course time for an opening night,” Clarey said.
The Kaneland pack closely followed, as Knights took spots three through seven. Connor Johnson finished third in 17:38, closely followed by John Meisinger (17:40), Louis Acosta (17:43), Ryan Bower (17:46), and Brandon Hueber (18:05).
“Johnson, Meisinger, Acosta and Bower all were within eight seconds of each other. We’ll take that any day of the week,” Clarey said.
Nathaniel Kucera finished as the KHS seventh-man, placing 10th overall with a time of 18:56.
“Our boys opened the season with a very encouraging pack performance,” Clarey said. “We loved seeing them pair up and push through the hilly Elburn Woods course.
The Knights will host another tri-meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when East Aurora and Yorkville pay a visit to Elburn Woods.