Markuson, Sinon earn All-State honors for KHS boys track
by Mike Slodki
This past weekend, Kaneland High School junior Logan Markuson lept right over hurdles and into the IHSA State record books.
Markuson, who had competed at the State level last year, was crowned Class 2A champion in the 300m intermediate hurdles event with a time of 38.57 seconds.
For KHS, it marks the first track State champ for the school since 2004 girls track entry Janine Zylinski, who threw a 42 foot, two inches effort in the shot put.
The last boys track State champion occurred 10 years ago, when Kurt Long pole vaulted at 14-9. The last race champ for the Knights was 1977’s Mark Claypool, running a 47.18 in the 440-yard dash.
â€œItâ€™s weird. I finished the race and it was like â€˜what do I do now?â€™â€ Marksuon said. â€œIt hasnâ€™t completely sunk in yet.â€
Kaneland as a team finished 13th overall in the 2A ranks (20 points).
Hillcrest took the title at 93 points. Cahokia finished a distant second at 47 points, and Springfield Lanphier finished third at 44 points. Western Sun Converence rival Sycamore finished 12th at 22 points, while Glenbard South finished 15th at 18 points.
Markuson’s memorable day also included a seventh-place finish in the pole vault at 13-6. Streator junior Logan Pflibsen won the event at 15-6. Knight Josh Bloome also earned a noteworthy finish at 10th overall (13-3).
Sectional champion Nick Sinon was up to his old tricks in the high jump, earning an all-State finish with a third-place, 6-7 launch.
â€œIt was amazing,â€ Sinon said. â€œGoing into this year, I didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d do as well, but it all worked out.â€
Sinon added,â€ I think I can go higher next year.â€
In the 3200m run, Paul Davies’ 10:00.48 run was good for 13th place in Illinois.
Markuson’s 110m high hurdles dreams were stopped with a false start in the finals.
â€œI knew there were a couple colleges out there, and they looked at how you recover from things like that,â€ Markuson said.
â€œAfter Logan false started in the 110, I said to him, â€˜Champions are measured by how they overcome adversity.â€™ Logan demonstrated what a champion is in so many ways this season, and the 300 Race at State showed everyone that Logan is a champion,â€ KHS coach Eric Baron said.
His State-winning effort in the 300m was .20 better than second-place Wana Wauna of Oak Forest.
Markusonâ€™s point total as a junior is six points shy of Claypoolâ€™s total.
Markuson and Sinon’s All-State honors are the first since Phil Christensen’s discus honors in 2008.
In the 4x800m relay, Kaneland’s Derek Bus, Hayden Johnson, Sean Paulick and Edgar Valle ran the track in 8:14.01.
110m hurdles entry Taylor Andrews ran his event in 15.35, .12 behind Harlan’s Brandan Presley for the final qualifying spot.
In the 4×400 meter relay, Knight foursome Johnson, Markuson, Tommy Whittaker and Valle finished in 3:27.22 in the preliminaries.
Photo: Kanelandâ€™s Logan Markuson became the first Kaneland boys track and field athlete to win an individual state championship since Kurt Long won the pole vault in 1999, when Markuson won the 300m intermediate hurdles Saturday. He is also the first state champion in the hurdles for the Knights, and placed seventh in the pole vault as well.
Photos by Ben Draper