Lady Knights XC runs to 1st place
by Mike Slodki
ELBURNâ€”It was anything but lonely at the top for Kaneland High school girls cross country.
With five of the top nine runners, Kaneland powered through for a win over West Chicago and Wheaton Academy at Elburn Woods on Tuesday. The Lady Knights had 19 points, compared to 38 for WC and 85 for WA.
Leading the course was senior Andie Strang at 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Shortly behind her was her sister, freshman Sydney Strang just two seconds behind.
Abby Dodis was third at 16:54.
â€œI was especially happy with Abbyâ€™s race today,â€ KHS coach Doug Ecker said. â€œThis was a good confidence builder for her.â€
The sophomore beat her closest competitor by seven seconds.
â€œI feel like itâ€™s a good first step. Weâ€™ve been working on staying in groups in practice, staying together and pushing each other,â€ Dodis said.
Kris Bowen finished fifth with a time of 17:12.
Next up for Kaneland is the annual Oregon Invite on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9:15 a.m.
Photo: Ashley Castellanos finished 8th overall Tuesday. photo by Mike Slodki