Track team battles cold, competition at home on Saturday
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—What happens when you can’t get a grasp on your ABC’s?
Kaneland girls track squad was able to take to the frigid grounds at Peterson Field for the annual Jenni’s ABC Meet on Saturday.
When the dust settled, the Lady Knights were able to walk away with a second-place finish out of six teams.
“In cold weather you have to stay more active, a longer warm-up where you build up more slowly, and dress appropriately for the cold,” said KHS head track coach Doug Ecker. “I thought the girls competed very hard on Saturday and were focused on not letting the weather distract them. It showed in their performances.”
The Huntley Red Raiders came away with the first-place honor, thanks to a 324-point output, compared to Kaneland’s 301. Boylan Catholic of Rockford managed third place thanks to a 219-point total.
Aurora outfit Rosary (203), Rock Falls (171) and Lemont’s Mt. Assisi Academy (66) filled out the bottom half of the standings.
With the track and field events grouped in “A” “B” and “C” flights, the room for success was ample for the Kaneland program.
For the 100 meter dash “A” event, it was Kaneland’s Lauren Zick who was able to power through the field and manage a first with a 12.30 second effort.
Zick came through again in the 200m dash “A” event with a first-place time of 25.65 seconds, followed closely by Kaneland teammate Allie Heinzer in second with a time of 27.57. In the 800m run “A” event, Kaneland’s presence was marked by the top two finishers: sophomores Victoria Clinton (2:34.47) and Jessica Kucera (2:43.76) followed with a win in the “B” flight.
The 1600m run “A” event saw Lady Knight Sydney Strang take the race with a time of 5:40.30, 22 seconds better than her closest competitor.
Meanwhile, in the 3200m run “B” event, it was KHS competitor Brianna Bower outlasting the field at 11:46.39, followed by fellow Lady Knight Abby Dodis at 12:27.80 in the “A” flight.
In the 300m hurdles “A” competition, the Lady Knights were represented in the top tier by Amanda Lesak with a second-place finish of 51.14 seconds.
Relay action saw a second place for the 4x400m relay “A” foursome of Lesak, Ashley Castellanos, Clinton and Zick with a time of 4:17.72, while the 4x800m relay “A” unit of Lesak, Kucera, Aislinn Lodwig and Maggie Brundige conquered the field at 10:29.45.
The field events had their share of highlights, beginning with Christina Delach in the pole vault. The junior managed a meet-best nine feet, six inches. Kaneland’s Zick (17-06) and Castellanos (16-08.25) took care of the long jump field at the top two places.
Castellanos’ 33-09.5 was also tops in the triple jump field.
Sophomore standout Elle Tattoni was able to wrangle second place in the shot put with an effort of 34-.5, and do well in the discus throw with a second-place, 98-1 effort. The top finisher in the category was Boylan’s Lindsay Herra at 124-1.
The girls head to the Wauconda Invitational on Friday, April 19.