Kane County Champs
KHS boys track claims Kane County Invite
BURLINGTON—The closest thing that was able to stop the Kaneland boys track squad on Friday during the Kane County Invite, now in its 10th decade, was the weather.
But the cold and wind were not as powerful as the local Knights in Burlington, Ill.
With 117 team points, the outright meet title was Kaneland’s alone, unlike the tie acquired with Geneva at the 2012 version of the meet at West Aurora.
Rounding out the top five schools were St. Charles North (101), West Aurora (82), Geneva (61) and Batavia (52.5).
The host Rockets were sixth with 50 points overall.
Kaneland boasted two relay champs in the Kane County landscape, first with the 4×400 group of Brandon Bishop, Kyle Carter, Dylan Nauert and Nathaniel Kucera (3:24.17) and the 4×800 grouping of Conor Johnson, Carter, Luis Acosta and Kucera at 8:03.15.
Kucera felt the 4x800m win was indicative of the hard work and talent that went into the unit.
“That was how we were hoping to do, walk away with a championship,” Kucera said. “We take whatever we can get; as long as it’s not raining and the wind’s not too bad, we’ll be happy.”
It looks like Kucera and Co. were just playing to the level of competition: good.
“We have all these great teams around us and pushing us the whole race, so that helps us with our times,” Kucera said.
The shot put went to Nate Dyer, who took first at 50-11, followed closely by teammate Shane Jorgensen in third (46-2.25). Dyer would go on to take second in discus with a heave of 153-09.
Kaneland’s presence was felt in the 100m dash finals, with Brandon Cottier (11.30) finishing fourth and Bishop (11.32) taking fifth.
Cottier was at it again in the 200m dash finals with a 22.90 time, good for fourth, while teammate Ben Barnes was seventh at 23.40.
In the finals of the 110m high hurdles, Knight threat Nauert was fourth at 15.92, but came back to win the 300m low hurdles at 40.80.
In the 4x100m relay, the foursome of Bishop, Cottier, Nauert and Barnes managed a third overall with a time of 43.76. Dylan Pennington, Cottier, Bishop and Barnes suited up and took third in the 4x200m relay at 1:32.31, 1.29 seconds behind victorious St. Charles North.
In the remaining field events, it was Dylan Kuipers effort of 13 feet, three inches that netted third in the county for KHS. In the long jump, Barnes gave himself a third overall with an effort of 20-0.75.
Ahead for the Knights is a stop in Dixon for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet, Dixon’s last opportunity to host before vacating the NIB-12 in the fall of 2014.