KHS girls track takes 2nd at NIB-12 indoor meet
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—The number 100 has a nice round edge to it, especially when Kaneland girls track gets that edge.
With the 100 point total on the grounds of Sterling High School for the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference indoor meet, the Lady Knights are sitting quite well leading into the outdoor season.
“(It was) a very good effort all the away around for all the girls,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “It was a step in the right direction for outdoor season when we should have the full team in place.”
Yorkville’s group finished first with 110 points. Geneseo at 88, DeKalb at 55.5 and Sterling at 34.5 rounded out the top three.
Sycamore (29), Morris (19), Dixon (10), Rochelle (10), Ottawa (7) and LaSalle-Peru (2) completed the indoor field.
The exemplary scores were frequent for the Kaneland-clad team in the field events.
Junior Christina Delach’s 8 foot, three inch pole vault effort earned a second-place. Junior Lauren Zick’s 16-10.25 in the long jump was good for third place overall. Senior teammate and triple jump standout Ashley Castellanos took fourth in her event with a 34-foot effort.
Elle Tattoni continued the KHS fortunes in the field by earning third place in the shot put, chucking 34-1.5.
In the track events, freshman Brianna Bower took third in the 3200m run with a time of 11:35.47, while elder teammate Abby Dodis took fourth at 12:24.48. The Kaneland 4x800m relay was second-best at 10:38.27, and in the 60 meter dash, Zick excelled with a first-place 7.92 time.
The KHS 4x200m relay foursome was first overall with a time of 1:51.77, beating DeKalb by .30 seconds, while Zick made her presence felt in the 400m dash by taking second at 1:00.08, and first in the 200m dash at 26.62, while Castellanos took fourth in the same event at 28.01.
Kaneland’s day ended with a 4:15.95 first-place time.
“We were very happy with the 4×200 and 4×400 relay to win those races with very good times without Zick running on either one. (Brianna) Bower ran an excellent 3200 in 11:35, with only Amy Eddington, the 1987 State champion at that event, having run faster for Kaneland. Lauren Zick and Ashley Castellanos had excellent days placing in four events,” Ecker said.
KHS girls take to the outdoor track at Burlington Central, meeting the host Lady Rockets and Oregon Hawks on Tuesday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m.