2nd place at Peterson Prep shows Kaneland’s talent

By on April 28, 2011

Photo: Taylor Andrews looks like he could hurdle all the way to West Point during action on Tuesday.The senior also made sure the 110m high hurdles honor stayed in Maple Park with a first-place showing of 14.66 seconds. Andrews was also part of the winning 4x100m relay foursome with Jesse Balluf, Brandon Cottier and Tommy Whittaker. Photo by
Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Out of 14 teams, Kaneland boys track was second to one.

The Knights’ 98 points were filled with great performances during Saturday’s annual Peterson Prep boys track outing, but West Aurora, with 133 points, was even better.

Mount Carmel finished third at 93 points. Fellow NIB-12 schools included Yorkville in sixth at 44 points, DeKalb in eighth at 16 points and Sycamore in ninth at 15 points.

Tommy Whittaker got things started with a second-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 22.50 seconds, and also took second in the 400m dash with a time of 51.33.

Teammate Trevor Holm took third in the 800m run at 2:01.38, and a second in the 1600m run at 4:39.71.

Taylor Andrews was champion of the 110m high hurdles at 14.66.

At this point of the season, Andrews is far from done working on his craft.

“It’s going pretty good, I’m just trying to work every day with the coaches,” Andrews said. “We’ve got a good team, and the young guys are really stepping up.”

Despite the productive season, Andrews feels a couple of events can get even better.

“The 300m, definitely. That’s always a race I kind of struggle with,” Andrews said during Tuesday’s 103-21 dual win in Maple Park over DeKalb.

In the 4x100m relay, Jesse Balluf, Brandon Cottier, Andrews and Whittaker were tops at 44.57 seconds, while Andrew Essex, Cottier, Balluf and Curtis Secrest took the 4x200m event at 1:34.51.

Pole vault activity included Kory Harner’s third-pace finish at 11-06.

Matt Spitzzeri continued his positive trajectory this year in the triple jump, taking the crown at 41-05.

The Knights face varied competition at the Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m.