Kaneland girls excel in wet conditions
Photo: The Kaneland girls pack it up at the beginning of the NIB XII meet in Peru, Ill. Saturday. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com
L-P site of admirable totals for NIB-12 meet
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Running conditions at Baker Lake Park in Peru, Ill., were interesting, to say the least.
Saturday saw non-stop rain of various impacts, but that didn’t seem to slow down the Lady Knight attack against the best the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference had to offer.
Yorkville outpaced the other teams with a 26-point total, followed by KHS at 65.
DeKalb (98), Geneseo (129), Sycamore (129) and Dixon (145) rounded out the top half of the conference.
Seven-through-12 was made up of LaSalle-Peru, Rochelle, Sterling, Ottawa, Morris and Streator.
Kaneland varsity runners had an average time of 18 minutes, 58.5 seconds, with a pack separation of 1:09.6
DeKalb junior Kelsey Schrader took the race mantle with a time of 17:30.2, followed by Yorkville freshman Skyler Bollinger at 17:57.6, but Kaneland sophomore Victoria Clinton continued her torrid stretch with a time of 18:13.2.
Clinton felt the conditions didn’t hinder her day as much as they could have.
“It was really rainy, and it made your body cold,” Clinton said. “It made it hard to move first, but it made it fun. Now I have to try to stay focused and stay consistent through each mile.”
Freshman Brianna Bower was next for KHS in eighth place by finishing the course in 18:40.9 fashion.
Senior Abby Dodis crossed the line next for the Lady Knights, thanks to an effort that took 19:15.4.
Junior Sydney Strang was 18th overall with a time of 19:20.5, and continues to her work her way back from a bout with pneumonia weeks ago.
“The rain made it a lot more intense and a lot more fun, too,” Strang said. “You never really want to miss a meet and sit out.”
Senior Amanda Lesak supported the KHS total with a time of 19:22.7 for 21st place, rounding out the Lady Knight top five.
The next challenge for girls cross country is the most important of the 2012 campaign, with the Class 2A Regional hosted by Kaneland at Elburn Forest Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The other teams participating in the regional are Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, Hampshire, Rochelle, Sycamore and Woodstock.
Advancing teams head to the Belvidere Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 27.