Road trip success
KHS girls track wins the day Monday at Bureau Valley
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—With the Dixon Relays gone by the wayside and Kaneland girls track looking for more meets before the usual Kane County Meet excursion in late April, the Lady Knights found one on Monday in an unlikely location.
That unlikely location provided big dividends, in the form of Bureau Valley High School’s four-team meet in Manlius, Ill.
KHS put together a total of 104 points, compared to Cambridge’s 58.5, Bureau Valley’s 54.5 and West Carroll’s 54.
“The meet at Bureau Valley was a weekday meet that everyone could run in,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “We could not find one locally. It went very well; a nice day. They run a very good meet.”
First-place honors scattered the home of the Storm, beginning with the Lady Knights’ 4×800 meter relay of Maggie Brundige, Amanda Lesak, Abby Dodis and Brianna Bower taking the course at 10:30.33. The 4x100m foursome for KHS ran a first-place 51.55 thanks to the efforts of Kaltrina Ismaili, Allie Heinzer, Ashley Castellanos and Lauren Zick.
Kyla Goodine’s 17.50 in the 100m hurdles took the crown, and teammate Sydney Strang claimed the 800m run at 2:24.89.
The 4x200m relay also enjoyed first-place spoils with a 1:55.34 effort from Ismaili, Rachel Steinmiller, Noelle Espino and Heinzer, and Victoria Clinton outran the field in the 1600m run with a 5:24.66 effort. KHS swept the top five spots in that event.
More relay glory was to come with the 4x200m relay unit of Jessica Kucera, Aislinn Lodwig, Castellanos and Heinzer taking first with a time of 4:20.65.
KHS also made its presence felt in the accompanying field events, thanks to athletes like Zick, with a first-place effort of 17 feet, 1.5 inches in the long jump. Castellanos owned the triple jump group with a mark of 34 feet, 6.25 inches.
On Friday, April 26, the Lady Knights make the leap to the annual Kane County Invite, hosted by current Upstate Eight Conference school Geneva. Tuesday, April 30, has KHS hosting Morris and Yorkville in a Northern Illinois Big XII triangular.
Kaneland looks to try to improve last year’s output, held at St. Charles North. KHS took eighth in the gathering won by West Aurora.