by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Despite an early scare in which an early fall led to a chain-reaction pile-up shortly after the race’s start, the Kaneland boys cross country team saw positive developments at the ACC Invite on Saturday.
“We had a very encouraging and fortunate day. Encouraging to see our pack split 1-6 of just 65 seconds, fortunate that none of our runners were seriously injured,” KHS head coach Chad Clarey said.
The Knights finished in sixth place with 169 points, with fellow Northern Illinois Big XII outfit Yorkville finishing second in the Aurora Central Catholic Charger Classic with 92 points, just three behind race king Normal U-High.
Oswego East runner Charles Thornton was tops in the 2.9 mile race with a time of 14:41.9, but the Knights boasted their own impressive totals.
Junior Kyle Carter finished sixth with a time of 14:57.4, and becomes the first KHS runner to break the 15-minute barrier on the course.
“It was a very big day for him, given the training he’s been doing this week,” Clarey said.
Conor Johnson finished in 20th place by running 15:15.2—this after being involved in the pileup of competitors early on in the course. Senior John Meisinger set a PR and finished in 44th, at 15:46.1, and junior Ryan Bower was 61st at 16:00.8, setting another PR by 32 seconds.
The Knights try to leave the field in knots on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Freeport Pretzel Invite.