Photo: Conor Johnson competes at the NIB XII meet in Peru, Ill. Saturday. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com
Carter leads Knights in crowded field
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—”Rain, rain, go away” is the usual saying.
The Knights just had to go forward in unusual weather.
Despite the outdoors releasing everything from a strong drizzle to a steady downpour, the Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Baker Lake in Peru, Ill., still went on and Kaneland ended with a fourth-place honor.
Yorkville finished its sweep of the NIB-12 with 27 points, followed by Dixon’s 59 and DeKalb’s 80.
Kaneland’s 118 bested Sycamore (128) and Geneseo (134).
Sterling, Morris, Ottawa, L-P, Streator and Rochelle filled the bottom-half slots.
Yorkville sophomore Jake Hoffert was tops with a 15 minute, 14.8 second race, 2.1 seconds over DeKalb’s Mark Dubrick.
Kaneland’s Kyle Carter was tops for his team with a time of 15:54.2.
Senior Conor Johnson was 23rd at 16:18.2.
“It’s always a weird meet,” Johnson said. “It seems we’re a little flat when we come here, but we’ll get back in the groove this week.”
Senior John Meisinger was 27th overall at 16:28.3, followed by junior Nathaniel Kucera in 28th at 16:35.8, and junior Brandon Huber in 29th at 16:38.9 to round out the Knight top five.
Kaneland’s Brad Kigyos didn’t mind the torrential rainfall.
“It kind of makes it fun,” Kigyos said. “It makes the time pass a lot easier. When you’re out there, it goes pretty quick.”
Kaneland prepares for the Class 2A Kaneland Regional in Elburn on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Also scheduled for the regional are Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, Hampshire, Rochelle, Sycamore and Woodstock.
Advancing teams head to the Belvidere Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 27.