Knight boys hit Sterling Invite, finish in 14th
by Mike Slodki
STERLINGâ€”The annual Sterling Invitational usually provides tough competition for the visiting Kanenald boys cross country crew.
On Saturday, it was again more of the usual.
With Trevor Holmâ€™s 15 minute, 47 second effort good enough for 22nd place, the Knights as a whole finished in 14th place with 371 points out of 28 teams. Kaneland finished behind Bettendorf, Iowa High Schoolâ€™s 367.
Mid-Suburban League outfit Schaumburg took the meet with 73 points, followed by Minookaâ€™s 73. The Saxons held the tiebreaker edge.
â€œWe were pretty flat today, as a whole team,â€ KHS coach Chad Clarey said. â€œWe anticipated this happening at some point. Where some programs may take a weekend off during the season, we run straight through. We liked seeing the boys pack up a little better.â€
After Holm, the next Kaneland athlete to cross the line was Nate Rehkopf in 82nd place at 17:02. Teammate Clayton Brundige was in 86th at 17:09, while Grant Alef was right behind at 17:11.
The frosh/soph side finished fourth in their grouping.
The homestretch begins for KHS as Clareyâ€™s crew takes on the field at the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Elburn Woods on Saturday, Oct. 16.