Photo: Kaneland’s senior Brock Robertson (above) had a big day for the Knights Saturday, winning both the 110m hurdles (15.75) and 300m hurdles (40.30). Photos by Mary Paulson
Peterson Prep No. 45 goes KHS way
KANELAND—When you’re able to have an event be the fastest time in the state of Illinois as well as breaking a record at a 44-year-old event, something is going right.
In the case of Knights boys track, there was no better showcase for things going right than the late-April staple Peterson Prep on Saturday.
Celebrating 45 years, the 17-team gathering at Kaneland had the hosts run away with 140 points, ahead of DeKalb (66), Sycamore (63), Batavia (61) and Geneva (44).
West Aurora (43), Dundee-Crown (42), Yorkville (28), Oswego East (25) and Mt. Carmel of Chicago (17) completed the top 10 teams.
The 4×800 meter relay, run by Andrew Lesak, Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter and Nathaniel Kucera, set a meet record and was unofficially the best time that Illinois has seen in the event in 2014.
The Knights also saw plenty of accolades their way in other events.
In the 400m dash varsity, Carter ran a 50.36 race for second place, while Kucera finished third with a 50.81.
In the 800m run, it was Austin Kintz managing fourth with a time of 2:02.32.
Hurdles action saw Brock Robertson take a first in the 110m hurdles by dashing to a 15.75, followed closely by teammate Dylan Nauert’s fifth-place 16.52. Robertson would come back and grab first in the 300m hurdles event by racing to a 40.30 finish, while Nauert took fifth at 41.20.
Relay happenings saw KHS finish fourth in the 4x100m at 43.88, as well as in the 4x200m at 1:32.36.
In the 4×400, the Knights took second at 3:28.40, before the record-breaker in the 4x800m at 7:50.27, 4.5 seconds better than Yorkville’s time.
The Stanford-bound Kucera performed how he had to in the final stretch of the race.
“Yorkville was going to be right on me, because he’s a really good runner,” Kucera said. “I knew he was going to be right behind me if I let up at all, so I just turned it on and just tried to hold on.”
Field events also saw quite the collection of honors, with seniors Dylan Kuipers and Dan Evers taking the top two spots in the pole vault with 14 feet and 13 feet, respectively.
The long jump had Ben Barnes take the event by a 22-1.5 effort, followed closely by Dalvell Triplett in fourth at 20-9.25. Triplett also took a third in the triple jump event at 43-08.
Barnes was just glad to be out in reasonable conditions, having his talent do the rest.
“It’s the beginning of the season, with the biggest meets coming up,” Barnes said. “The last couple weeks, the weather hasn’t been good. It was perfect today, and the wind wasn’t at our face. I was just reaching for that goal.”
The throwing section also saw Knight life, with Nate Dyer besting the shot put field at 52-08, while Alex Snyder finished fourth at 46-8.5. Dyer also aced the discus at 162-9.5.
KHS coach Eric Baron knows that the roster, already high-caliber, isn’t peaking just yet.
“It was a great all-around performance for our team,” Baron said. “Brock Robertson had a huge meet winning both hurdle races. Dyer threw his best ever in discus. (The) 4×8 was good. However, only Lesak ran his best time. We have the potential to go much faster. The thing that I do as coach is compare to our times from the past. Last year, we ran 8:01 at Peterson. We are 11 seconds ahead of that this year. Can we be 11 seconds ahead of where we finished with last year?”
Ahead for KHS boys track is a trek to the Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, May 2.