by Mike Slodki
Friday’s third annual Western Sun Conference girls track meet served as a benchmark for Kaneland before the upcoming postseason sectionals.
At the end of the litmus test, the Lady Knights looked at a third-place tie (70 points), along with Yorkville and Sycamore. Geneva (164.5) took the crown, followed by Batavia (75.5).
Glenbard South took sixth with 47 points, followed by Rochelle at 36 and DeKalb at 25.
The Lady Knights also had a sectional tuneup in Oregon on Tuesday, coming away with several high finishes.
At Geneva, senior Lindsay Gierke saw plenty of action in the finals of several races. The Lady Knight took a second place in the 100 meter dash finals with an effort of 12.43 seconds, just .06 behind Sycamore’s Lake Kwaza. Gierke also finished second in the 100m hurdles at 15.25 seconds. Batavia’s Melissa Norville’s 15.19 took the honors.
Gierke became 200m dash champ with a finals run of 26.0 seconds.
“I felt really good coming out of the 100m today in the prelims.,” Gierke said. “I’ve been working on the 300, but the 100, I feel pretty comfortable.”
The junior varsity side earned a little recognition with a second-place nod for the 4×800 meter relay foursome (11:13.21).
JV entry Jessica Stouffer finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 1:06.93.
Pole vaulter Jordan Pinkston worked on her postseason trajectory by nailing a second place finish with a 9 foot, six inch entry.
Kaneland’s Nicole Ketza won the JV discus throw with a mark of 90-1, more than three feet better than Glenbard South’s Marcy Rudins.
KHS teammate Katie Bergman finished second in the JV pole vault at eight feet.
Gierke schooled the rest of the field at the 12-team Oregon meet with a 15.44 second time in the 100m hurdles, good for first place.
Gierke also won first in the 300m low hurdles at 48.67.
The 3200m relay contingent of Laney Deligianis, Stouffer, Andie Strang and Lisa Roberson won first with a final time of 10:35.81.
Freshman Kelly Evers won second in the 800m run at 2:38.09.
Kelli Patterson took third in the long jump at 14-2.5.
Pinkston finished second in the pole vault at nine feet, while Sara Wallace finished third.
Alyssa Galvan was third in the shot put with a mark of 30-6.5.
Patterson also became triple jump winner with a 32-6 effort, but says she wishes to up the ante in all of her field events.
“I kind of hit a slump in the high jump for a couple weeks, and I fixed everything and ironed some stuff out; and same thing with my triple jumping,” Patterson said on Friday.
The Sectional challenge for the Lady Knights lies in Sterling at the home of the Golden Warriors on Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m.
The 2A gathering also features teams like Burlington Central, Dixon, Hampshire, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Rochelle, Sandwich, Sycamore and Yorkville.
Photo: Senior Jordan Pinkston readies for liftoff during Friday’s Western Sun Conference meet at Geneva High School. Pinkston finished second overall with a 9-6 in the finals. Photo by Ben Draper