KHS boys track team takes top spot at NIB-12
KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII conference boys track certainly has its share of talented teams.
Kaneland made certain it was included in that discussion, netting a conference championship as a team and showing the strength it boasts in a variety of events.
Venturing to the grounds of Dixon High School for the final time under NIB-12 jurisdiction, the Knights finished first by a sizable margin, with 139 points. Close rival DeKalb was second with a 95-point output, and Geneseo was third at 71 points.
It marked the last stop before Kaneland’s trip to the Class 2A sectional gathering in Sterling.
Kyle Carter beat his conference foes and almost beat a KHS school record, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.46, the second-fastest time in school history.
“Distance had a huge night,” Baron said. “(Carter) beat his best time by almost four seconds.”
Carter added to his winning ways as part of the 4×400-meter relay team and the 4×800-meter relay team, earning a total of three conference crowns.
The 4×400 team of Carter, Dylan Nauert, Nathaniel Kucera and Brandon Bishop took the top spot with a time of 3:23.77. The 4×800 team of Carter, Kucera, Conor Johnson and Luis Acosta left the rest of the field behind, winning the event by a 12-second margin at 8:03.68.
Kucera, who earned conference titles with Carter in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, added his third of the night with a big win in the 400-meter dash, cruising to a 49.79 time. Johnson took third in the event with a time of 50.80.
Nauert earned two conference titles and added a second-place finish, having been part of the 4×400-relay team and then taking the 300-meter low hurdles title with a time of 39.88 seconds, 1.2 ahead of the rest of the pack. He teamed up with Bishop, Brandon Cottier and Ben Barnes to nab second in the 100-meter relay, with a time of 43.80.
Kaneland relays earned another second-place finish with a tally of 1:31.81 in the 4×200-meter relay, featuring Bishop, Cottier, Isaac Swithers and Barnes.
The field events proved to be an equal opportunity for Knight success, with the top two pole vault spots going to Dylan Kuipers (14-0) and teammate Kory Harner (13-3).
Tanner Andrews of the Knights outfit was king of the triple jump with a 44-05, a good 1-04 over Geneseo’s Josh Beard.
Kaneland heaver Nate Dyer managed a first in the shot put with a 53-02.25, while a 151-04 was good for third in the discus throw.
In the 100-meter dash, Cottier took second with a time of 11.20 seconds, while teammate Bishop managed a fourth with a mark of 11.32.
The 200m dash yielded similar success, as Cottier took second at 22.90, while fellow Knight Barnes was fourth with a time of 23.43.
Kaneland also hosted a pre-postseason get-together in Maple Park against the likes of Hinckley-Big Rock, IMSA and Sandwich on Monday, with team scores not kept.
Noteworthy first-place performances were had by the 3200m relay team (9:11.94), Nauert in the 110m high hurdles (15.29), Bishop in the 100m dash (10:59), Dalvell Triplett in the triple jump (41-03) and Carter in the 800m run (2:04.12).
Ahead for Kaneland is the Friday, May 17, Sterling Sectional. Other NIB-12 schools include Dixon, Rochelle and Sycamore.