by Mike Slodki
In some cases, participating in a national showcase with elite high school track stars would be cause for extreme intimidation.
Not for Nick Sinon.
â€œIt was awesome. It was cool seeing all the best high school athletes and competing against them,â€ Sinon said on Tuesday.
Sinon, who finished third in the IHSA Class 2A meet in May as a junior, qualified for the Nike Outdoor Nationals meet from June 18-20 at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro and attended with his mother.
â€œSome of the best people in the country were there, and it really felt like a big meet,â€ Sinon said. â€œI felt like I adjusted well after I practiced.â€
Sinon, whoâ€™s second in KHS history for the high jump event, finished tied for ninth in his preliminary flight with an effort of six feet, 4.75 inches. He ended up 15th overall.
The national gathering serves to only help Sinon as he gets ready to contribute to the Kaneland High School cross-country cause in the fall.
â€œIt was a huge hurdle for my career; I feel like I can go into a meet and be more comfortable. You see how you compare against the other high school athletes in the U.S.â€
Photo: Kaneland Knight Nick Sinon, an all-State high jumper for the 2009 Kaneland boys track squad, competed at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. from June 18-20. Photo by Ben Draper