Knight boys run circles around Freeport
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—There’s nothing like a victory pretzel.
You can ask the Kaneland High School boys cross-country team.
This past Saturday brought the 36th annual Freeport Pretzel Invite, and it was won by Kaneland.
The Knights’ total of 31 was due to five Knights placing in the top 12 runners in the entire field.
Second place was owned by Rockford Jefferson with 60, followed by Winnebago in third at 74, and Rock Falls at 110.
A key to the Kaneland harrier success was the team’s pack split, which KHS coach Chad Clarey always stresses as being a key to success.
“One of our best pack runs of the season today, with a 1-7 split of just 63 seconds,” he said.
Junior asset Kyle Carter overtook the field after the mile mark and won the course in 15:23.55. Next for KHS was Conor Johnson who ran an impressive time of 15:34.01 after a late push.
John Meisinger finished sixth with a time of 15:57.83.
“His 15:57 was one of his best performances of the season, and a key to the team win,” Clarey said.
Teammate Ryan Bower took ninth at 16:15.38, continuing his first-year varsity trajectory. Luis Acosta was the fifth Knight runner to finish, in 12th at 16:20.22.
“We need to rest, recover and push hard to maintain the great start we’ve built for ourselves,” Clarey said. “This is a special group, with outstanding senior leadership. We hope to continue this, bringing all 31 boys to the finish.”
The boys battle competition at the Sterling Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6.