Freshman Brianna Bower (19) cruised to an 11:19.33 in Saturday’s 3200m Run Final at the IHSA State Meet. Bower placed seventh overall, earning all state honors. Photo by Ben Draper

Fine finish

Girls track concludes season at state finals
KANELAND—It was a weekend well spent in Charleston, Ill.

With a select few events able to go down to Eastern Illinois University for the Class 2A girls track State meet, Kaneland made the most of it.

Seven events saw Kaneland garb grace the track, and the Kaneland’s four team points in the finals earned it 52nd place in the entire Class 2A landscape.

Six events, with the exception of the long jump, made PRs.

Lauren Zick still managed to finish 11th overall in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 11.25 inches, despite no PR and battling an illness.

Christina Delach took a 10th place tie in the pole vault with a 10-foot effort, same as in her prelim group.

Amanda Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Sydney Strang took ninth in a crowded 4x800m relay field with a time of 9:40.76. They raced a 9:39.47 in prelims.

In the 3200m run, Brianna Bower broke the school record held for 26 years by Amy Eddington, with a time of 11:19.33, good for seventh overall.

Ashley Castellanos concluded a productive career in the triple jump by hitting a 35-06 in her Friday effort.

Victoria Clinton raced a 5:18.32 in her 1600m run effort on Friday, while the 4x400m relay unit of Lesak, Castellanos, Allie Heinzer and Zick raced a 4:04.11 on Friday.

“I think the consistent effort you see each year from the girls is a combination of learning from older girls, the work ethic and the fact we get quality girls to come out for track and field at KHS,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “Girls like Clinton and Bower show up with a great work ethic. But it’s much easier to keep the ball rolling than to start from scratch each year.”

The team sweepstakes was taken by Springfield Southeast, with 66 points.

Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Brianna Bower nears the end of the 3200m Run Final at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet. Photo by Ben Draper
Brianna Bower nears the end of the 3200m Run Final at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.
Photo by Ben Draper
Amanda Lesak hands off to teammate Aislinn Lodwig during Saturday’s 4x800m Relay Final at the IHSA State Meet. Photo by Ben Draper
Amanda Lesak hands off to teammate Aislinn Lodwig during Saturday’s 4x800m Relay Final at the IHSA State Meet.
Photo by Ben Draper
Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Senior  Amanda Lesak  gets a good start to the 4x800m Relay. The Lady Knight quartet of Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Sydney Strang ran the relay in 9:40.76, good enough for ninth place and a state medal. Photos by Ben Draper
Senior Amanda Lesak gets a good start to the 4x800m Relay. The Lady Knight quartet of Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Sydney Strang ran the relay in 9:40.76, good enough for ninth place and a state medal. Photos by Ben Draper
Freshman Brianna Bower (19) cruised to an 11:19.33 in Saturday’s 3200m Run Final at the IHSA State Meet. Bower placed seventh overall, earning all state honors. Photo by Ben Draper
Freshman Brianna Bower (19) cruised to an 11:19.33 in Saturday’s 3200m Run Final at the IHSA State Meet. Bower placed seventh overall, earning all state honors. Photo by Ben Draper