Boys track crowned Sectional champs, send vanload to State
by Mike Slodki
Before the season, boys track coach Eric Baron had a good feeling about his team’s chances this season.
The Freeport Sectional this past Friday made Baron seem downright clairvoyant.
The Knights captured a sectional title with 88 points, a two-point edge over Sycamore, and sent seven separate events to the State final this Friday at Eastern Illinois University.
A year ago, Kaneland sent five events to the big meet.
Freeport finished third at its own home with 60 points, while Burlington Central finished fourth (58 points).
The Knights send junior Logan Markuson to Charleston in several events, the first being pole vault, where he finished third at 14 feet, 9 inches. Teammate Josh Bloome also made sure more Kaneland members will join in the fun, finishing fifth at 13-9.
Nick Sinon continued on his tear, adding Sectional champ to his Western Sun Conference honors with a 6-3 effort in the high jump.
The Knight foursome of Derek Bus, Sean Paulick, Hayden Johnson and Edgar Valle is going down in the 4×800 relay, thanks to a sectional title time of 8 minutes, 6.27 seconds.
Knight distance runner Paul Davies made the grade with a third-place showing in the 3200 meter run (9:49.21).
Markuson (14.88) and Taylor Andrews (15.32) were up to business as usual in the 110 meter high hurdles and join the State crowd in that event. Markuson also took a sectional title in the 300m intermediate hurdles with a 38.87 second tally.
â€œWeâ€™re just building concentration and getting ready,â€ said Markuson, who qualified in 2008 for the pole vault. â€œIt wonâ€™t be too out of the ordinary, but a little more intensity than usual.â€
In Markusonâ€™s opinion, the sectional success was contagious.
â€œI think the 4X800 really started things off for us, That was huge and that set the tone. Everyone was really stoked after that.â€
Finally, the Knights’ 4x400m relay squad of of Johnson, Markuson, Tommy Whittaker and Valle won first at 3:24.72.
Photo: Kanelandâ€™s Nick Sinon takes to the skies during Fridayâ€™s Freeport Sectional. Sinon joins the Knights contingent going to Charleston for the Class 2A boys track State event. Photo by Ben Draper