by Mike Slodki
Kaneland saw plenty of top finishers as it prepares for the important Freeport Sectional this Friday, May 22.
The 1-2 combo of Taylor Andrews and Logan Markuson finished in the top two spots in the 110 meter hurdles event. Andrews ran in 14.69 seconds while Markuson took second at 14.84.
The two Knights were at it again in the 300m hurdles event, as Markuson won with a 39.41 final effort, with Andrews taking third at 41.03.
â€œTaylor and Logan both feed off each other in the 110’s,â€ Kaneland coach Eric Baron said. â€œThey have used each other as a gauge to see how well each one is running. It will be interesting to see how they run when they both have a good clean race. Taylor has a built-in role model, and Logan has one as well in Taylor. They are both great kids, and coach Robbie Bieritz has done an amazing job with all of our hurdlers.â€
â€œA lot of it is Logan,â€ Andrews said on Saturday morning. â€œIn the hurdles we push each other to succeed and get better.â€
Kanelandâ€™s 4x800m relay foursome of Hayden Johnson, Sean Paulick, Derek Bus and Edgar Valle finished second with a time of 8:19.12.
Nick Sinon became conference champ with a six-foot result in the high jump.
â€œNick had a great week last week, and he handled the presure of being the top ranked high jumper in conference, and that will bode well for the sectional,â€ Baron said.
Markuson took home the WSC crown in the pole vault (13-9), while teammate Josh Bloome was third at 12-9.
On the frosh/soph side of things, Tommy Whittaker continued his road back from injuries with a second place, 53.81 second final effort in the 400m dash.
Whittaker also took part in the f/s 4x400m relay that finished third at 3:52.40. Whittaker, Andrews, Curtis Secrest and Jake Ginther made up the contingent.
The Knightsâ€™ 4×800 relay featuring Trevor Holm, Nick Dunetman, Clayton Brundige and Jake Ginther managed a second in the frosh/soph race by running 8:54.09.
Knight Josh Bloome represents Kaneland pole vaulting on Tuesday. Coach Eric Baronâ€™s crew looks to make a dent in the Freeport Sectional on Friday, May 22. Photo by Ben Draper