Kaneland boys track talent on display
KANELAND—Boys track’s landscape in the area had best watch out for KHS, as it stands to mow most teams down in its tracks.
With the weather largely improving, Kaneland’s roster took to the track at Marmion Academy on April 24 and the usual late-April Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, before traveling to Yorkville for a Northern Illinois Big XII battle that involved Morris.
Against the host Cadets and Chicago’s Jones High School, Kaneland claimed the day with 120 points, compared to 57 for Marmion and nine for Jones.
Winners for the Knights included the 4×100 meter relay, which took its competition in 45.01 seconds, Dylan Nauert with a 15.46 time in the 110m high hurdles and teammate Ben Barnes in the 100m dash at 10.82.
Kaneland’s Nathaniel Kucera ran over the field in the 800m run, thanks to his 2:02.74 effort, while Nauert struck again in the 300m low hurdles at 41.44. Kyle Carter of Kaneland’s 4:36.17 was good enough to win the 1600m run.
Barnes was at it again for Kaneland with a 200m dash win in 22.56, and the KHS foursome in the 1600m relay took the event in 3:32.28.
The field events features standouts like Marshall Farthing, taking the long jump at 20 feet, six inches, Dalvell Triplett winning triple jump competition with a 41-11, Alex Snyder taking the discus at 127-8 and JR Vest besting the pole vault field in 12 feet.
At the Crystal Lake Central Invite, the Knights captured the team title with 140.5 points.
Host CLC was an 82-point show, while Machesney Park’s Harlem was third with 74 points.
Carter was at it again in the 800m run with a first-place entry of 1:58.20, while the 800 and 1600m relay foursomes grabbed first with times of 1:31.92 and 3:22.88, respectively.
Farthing was second in the high jump at 6-3, while Harner was a 13-3.3 in the pole vault for second.
“Our field events have gone unnoticed, and that is a shame. They alone scored enough points at Peterson to win the meet,” KHS coach Eric Baron said. “We bring at least two great people per field event. The second athlete is the reason we are winning meets. They score so many points … In the throws and vault, we have such depth that if one of our guys is out, we can put another right in the place who will score.”
Tuesday saw Kaneland travel to Yorkville for a tri-meet against the hosts and Morris. The Knights came away with a big win, earning 103 points, well ahead of Yorkville’s second-place showing of 46 points.
The Knights travel to the annual Kane County Invite hosted by Burlington Central on Friday, May 3.