by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Despite a long drive up Route 47, the Lady Knights girls cross country unit shook off the effects and left all but one roster in its wake on Saturday.
For the 36th annual Wauconda Invite, Kaneland finished second out of 24 teams with 111 team points, second only to Crystal Lake Central’s 86.
Kaneland’s next closest foe was Mundelein High School with 126 points.
“The girls started their ‘invitational season’ on a positive note,” KHS head cross country coach Doug Ecker said.
Lady Knight sophomore Victoria Clinton continued to run well in the first crowded invite of the season, with only 2011 State champ Sami Staples of CLC beating her out.
Clinton ran the course in 18 minutes, 11.58 seconds. Staples won the race in 18:08.12.
Freshman Brianna Bower continues to be a force to be reckoned with early in 2012 with a 21st place finish at 19:34.70.
“Brianna Bower continues to learn and improve with each race,” Ecker said.
Close behind was teammate Abby Dodis in 28th with a time of 19:53.58, as well as fellow Lady Knight Maggie Brundige in 29th, just .02 behind.
Rounding out Kaneland High School’s top five was Amanda Lesak at 19:56.94, good for 31st.
Ecker thought it was a positive start to the slew of weekend invites ahead and pointed out yet more KHS athletes.
“All three seniors had strong races, and sophomore Jessica Kucera ran a PR of over a minute (20.09.69) and she continues to build on her successful track season last year,” Ecker said.
KHS girls cross country heads to very familiar territory: Elburn Woods for the annual Eddington Invite this Saturday, Sept. 15.