Kaneland High School boys cross country snacked on their competitors at the Pretzel Invite on Saturday.
The annual event, hosted by Freeport High school, yielded a productive outing, with six of the top 10 varsity finishers representing the Knights in a first-place team finish.
With 26 points as a team, KHS beat Rock Falls (79) and Rockford Boylan (93) out of the top three.
Junior Trevor Holm won the course with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds, followed by Boylan’s Matthew Melloch at 16:20. Following him was Knight Dominic Furco in third at 16:30. Joe Levita finished sixth at 16:45, while Logan Markuson took seventh at 16:45.
Edgar Valle finished ninth with an effort of 16:49, while Matt Reusche finished 10th at 16:51.
The Knights’ younger crew also found victory with a 22-point, first-place effort in the frosh/soph race, beating Freeport (62) in the five-team gathering. Nate Rehkopf, Conor Johnson and Clayton Brundige finished 2-3-4.
Overall, KHS coach Chad Clarey had much to be pleased with.
“We continue to have our work cut out for us,” Clarey said. “To see them carry out the plan for each race was exciting. A day like today was not possible without the full summer’s worth of training.”
With a full lineup, the Knights could be a force to be reckoned with come postseason.
“Trevor Holm won his first varsity race, and dominated from the start. He’s taken some nice initiative this fall, and is clearly becoming an important piece of our puzzle,” Clarey said.