Kane and gain
Castellanos wins triple jump, team takes 3rd at Kane County Invite
by Mike Slodki
GENEVA—For the first time since 2005, the girls version of the Kane County Invite was hosted by Geneva. You’d have to go back to the days of athletes like Kristen Heckert and Holly Gruenke from not-so-long ago.
This past Friday in Geneva, Kaneland girls did their best to keep up with ghosts of KHS past at the traditional homestretch meet, and did well for themselves.
With a total output of 83 points, the Lady Knights beat out Hampshire by 12 points for the third-place slot. West Aurora won its fourth straight invite with 131 points, followed by St. Charles East at 100.5.
The hosts finished with 69 to round out the top five. Former conference rival Batavia finished with 54 to take sixth.
Ashley Castellanos conquered the field in the triple jump by jumping a 35 foot distance. She also finished fourth in the 100 meter dash finals with a 13.27-second time.
“She’s doing very well and performing very consistently,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said.
Castellanos said she felt good things were in store for Friday, and with it, the season.
“It’s beautiful weather out here, it’s perfect and comfortable,” Castellanos said. “There’s a little breeze. I feel like I’m improving each and every meet in the triple jump and working on my phases.”
Teammate Lauren Zick took third in the 200m dash finals at 26.09, after winning the preliminaries, and ran a 59.14 in the 400m dash for a fourth place finish.
Productive sophomore Victoria Clinton, in the 1600m run, finished with a 5:19.22 time, while freshman teammate Brianna Bower managed a fourth overall in the 3200m run with a 11:38.76.
Lady Knight freshman Kyla Goodine can claim a finals appearance in her first-ever try in the Kane County setting, by taking seventh in the entire field of 100m hurdles girls with a time with a 17.69.
“I think it’s going good,” Goodine said. “I still think I have some room for improvement, but I’m working hard and hopefully I can get to State.”
In the 4x100m relay battle, KHS finished second overall with a time of 49.92, thanks to the efforts of Kaltrina Ismaili, Allie Heinzer, Castellanos and Zick. Kaneland came back in the 4x400m relay by having Amanda Lesak, Sydney Strang, Castellanos and Heinzer take fourth at 4:09.79. The 4x800m entries of Lesak, Strang, Aislinn Lodwig and Clinton took third at 9:47.34.
The field events turned out quite productive as well. In addition to Castellanos’s win in the triple jump, Zick earned second in the long jump at 17 feet, one inch.
Teammate Ellie Tattoni saw a good night in the discus throw, by completing a 119-02 try for third.
Against Morris and Yorkville on Tuesday, Kaneland earned a narrow three-point win over the host Lady Foxes, putting 86 points on the board.
Kaneland travels to the Northern Illinois Big XII meet on Friday, May 3, hosted by DeKalb.