Boys track tests mettle
Photo: Senior Brandon Bishop hands off to junior Isaac Swithers during the 4x200m relay Tuesday vs. Yorkville. The team ran 1:31.35. Photo by Mary Paulson
April tour features NIB-12 triangular, Minooka Invite, Yorkville challenge
KANELAND—Kaneland boys track is dependable for many things, but at this juncture of the season, it’s always finding something to improve upon.
While the boys tracksters can always find PRs and accomplished totals, the Knights also know they wish to peak later than mid-April.
Improving the body of work took on the form of a makeup triangular at home against Northern Illinois Big XII foes DeKalb and Sycamore in Maple Park on Thursday, followed by a trip to Southwest Prairie Conference stronghold Minooka for a Saturday invite, and a Tuesday obstacle in the form of visiting Yorkville High School.
Facing off against Barbs and Spartans, the Knights’ 89 points was considerably better than Sycamore’s 73 and DeKalb’s 23-point totals.
First places were many in the conference triangular, beginning with the 4x800m relay foursome earning first thanks to an 8:39.2 time.
Distance glory went the way of Kyle Carter, who finished the 3,200 meter run in 10:08.63.
In the field events, firsts were gathered by Ben Barnes with a 19-foot, 4-inch long jump try. Zack Wieglos took the 800m run at 2:12.72. Nate Dyer won the shot put at 52 feet, as well as the discus with a 153-6.
Nathaniel Kucera took the 400m dash at 51.72, and Dylan Kuipers conquered the pole vault at 14-3, while Knights teammate Austin Kintz took first in the 1600m run at 4:39.33.
The 4x400m relay closed the day out with a 3:31.26 effort to take that event.
At the Minooka Invite, the exemplary totals included a fourth place in the 110 meter hurdles by Tanner Robertsen with a finals time of 17.38 seconds. Teammate Dylan Nauert managed a fourth with a time of 15.53 in his finals heat for eighth place.
Nauert also managed an eighth in the 200m dash with a time of 23.19 seconds, and conquered the 300m hurdles field with an effort of 40.50. Robertsen took second at 43.17 in the same event, while Brock Robertson took fourth in the field with a 41.06 time.
The Stanford-bound Kucera took second in the 400m dash with a 50.63.
Relays were quite productive on Saturday, with the 4x100m foursome taking third at 44.80, the 4x200m racing to a fifth at 1:41.15. The 4x400m unit won the event at 3:22.93, and the 4x800m crew took second at 8:14.99.
Distance highlights also included Carter battling to a first overall in the 800m run at 1:56.06.
The field events yielded massive gains for KHS, beginning with Dyer’s title in the discus with a 155-foot effort. Tristan Kinder took fifth at 132-04.
In the long jump, Barnes leapt to a first place with a 20-07.5. Brett Hansen took a sixth at 17-09.
The pole vault saw Kuipers take first at 14 feet. In the shot put, it was Dyer at it again with a first-place effort at 56-03.5. Barnes won the triple jump at 41.07.25.
“It was a great meet against some big schools,” KHS coach Eric Baron said. “We could’ve won the meet; if we have everyone in the lineup, it would’ve been another victory. (I’m) really pleased with the seniors on Saturday. Luis Acosta ran anchor on the 4×800 that finished second. He ran an all-time best split of 1:58.6, taking us from fifth to second. Dylan Nauert ran real well in hurdles, as did Brock Robertson, and Kyle Carter beat an excellent field in the 800.”
Against Yorkville, the Knights continued their mastery over NIB-12 opponents, winning easily 105-39. Event wins came from all four relays, Wieglos in the 800m, John DeLach in the long jump, Nauert in the 110m hurdles, Brandon Bishop in the 100m, Connor Peterson in the high jump, Ryan Bower in the 1600m, Tanner Robertson in the 300m hurdles, Alex Snyder in the shot put, Dyer in the discus, Andrew Lesak in the 1600m, Mitchell Groen in the pole vault and Isaac Swithers in the 200m.
On Saturday, April 26, the historic Peterson prep takes place at Peterson Field.