Girls track makes case at IWU

Illinois Top Times outing sees 11th-place finish for indoor
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—The Illinois Indoor Track Championship Top Times Track and Field held on Saturday marks the unofficial state meet for indoor track competition.

Kaneland girls track made sure to officially put a stamp on the festivities in a nice send-off to the indoor slate.

The Class AA gathering at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. saw KHS nab 11th place overall with a finals point total of 19 points, tied with downstate Mahomet-Seymour.

Carbondale was first overall with 36 points, followed by Chicago fixture Lindblom with 30. Area rival Marengo was third with 26, followed by Burlington Central with 25.5. Nearby Hampshire was seventh with a total of 23.5.

The Lady Knights made their presence known in several events, beginning with the 60 meter dash. Junior Lauren Zick placed eighth with a time of 7.96 seconds, after earning seventh in the preliminary heat with a 7.97.

Kaneland did well for itself in the demanding 3200m run field, with freshman Brianna Bower taking fourth at 11:26.46, and senior teammate Abby Dodis taking ninth at 11:48.27.

In the 4x400m relay, Kaneland’s entry worked toward a fourth-place nod with a time of 4:08.82, and the 4x800m counterpart took 11th with a time of 10:10.79.

The Lady Knights saw Zick at it again in the field categories, with a mark of 18 feet, five inches in the long jump, just an inch behind Lakes’ Brittani Griesbaum.

“I thought that everyone who competed did well,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “We had indoor personal bests from almost everyone. Brianna Bower in the 3200 meter run and Lauren’s long jump stand out. Abby Dodis in the 3200 meter run was a big breakthrough for her. We are relatively healthy and ready for some good weather for the outdoor season,” Ecker said.

The outdoor season commences for KHS on Tuesday, April 2, at Burlington Central, in a triangular also featuring Oregon.