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Taking on the field

Photo: Junior Brandon Park was the Knights sixth man on Saturday at the NIB-12 championships, placing 26th with a time of 16:16.8. Kaneland placed third in the meet. Photo by Ben Draper

Third-place Knight boys cross take on field at Morris for NIB-12
MORRIS—Kaneland boys cross country personnel has never needed prodding when it’s time to get serious.

That was helpful when dealing with the talented stock at the Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Morris on Saturday.

With 36 points, the Yorkville High School outfit took the conference mantle, followed by Dixon’s 48-point total, but Kaneland made a decent third-place showing with 78 points. In fourth place was Sterling with 92, and Sycamore in fifth at 111.

Yorkville’s twin tandem of juniors Jake and Luke Hoffert took the top two spots in the race with times of 14:40.1 and 14:45.2, respectively.

The Knights’s top finishers were all-conference reps Kyle Carter, senior, with a time of 15:35.8, and classmate Nathaniel Kucera in 10th place at 15:39.3. Junior Adam Lesak was 16th at 15:52.9, and senior Luis Acosta placed 21st. Both Lesak and Acosta earned all conference as well.

“Starting off, the course is right into the wind. Usually running into the wind slows you down, but we had the beginning energy to push us through that. You just have to move your legs at the end, and it carries you through,” Lesak said.

Senior Ryan Bower finished in 23rd at 16:05.5 to close out the KHS scoring.

On tap for the boys is the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m., with the exemplary teams making it to the Belvidere Sectional.