Middle school track takes 2nd at state meet

By on May 24, 2013

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student-athletes sent to Peoria
returned with




second-place trophy,
a handful of school records
several personal bests

Kaneland—The Kaneland Harter Middle School track team sent 28 student-athletes to Peoria on Friday and Saturday to compete at the IESA State Track Meet. They returned to school Monday with 19 medals, a second-place trophy, a handful of school records and several personal bests from their efforts this past weekend.

The eighth grade girls team total of 35 points was second only to Cahokia Wirth (42 points) and earned them the IESA Runner Up Trophy.

Individually, the Knights seventh-graders gave solid performances overall setting many personal best while gaining invaluable experience competing at the highest level. Tyler Nance qualified for the semifinals in the 110 Hurdles and finished 13th in the state out 39 runners with a time of 17.59 sec. Tyler also competed in the 100m Dash and finished 28th in the state out of 44 runners with a time of 12.7 sec. In the shot put, Calvin McDonald’s throw of 33’2.75’’ was good for 24th place and Shanya Hurston’s throw of 25’5.5” earned her 33rd overall. Sandra Gale tied for 15th place in the state out of 37 competitors in the high jump with her jump of 4’4”.

Brooke Delahanty finished 36th in the state in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:47.59, while Meghan Andrews finished 41st in the 200m Dash, running a 29.12.

The seventh-grade girls 4x100m Relay team of Meghan Andrews, Crystal Durham, Mallory Burgin, Shanya Hurston and Jamie Martens ran a 56.37 for 23rd place out of 40 teams. The seventh grade girls 4x400m Relay team of Mallory Burgin, Meghan Andrews, Kami Buza, Olivia Swindle and Jamie Martens time of 4:38.02 established a Personal Best and 26th place in the state out of 39 teams.

The KHMS eighth-graders exceeded expectations, setting several personal records, school records, and bringing home lots of hardware. Connor Hoeft’s throw of 41’9.75” earned him 16th place in the state in the shot put, while Lio Arredondo’s 41’00.25” moved him into 23rd place in the state, also in the shot put. The eighth grade boys 4x100m Relay team of Adam Rivas, Brock Harner, Matt Noel and Seth Howlett finished in 20th place in the state with a time of 48.56 seconds. The eighth grade girls 4x200m Relay team of Maddie Keifer, Nina Rotter, Becca Richtman, Charity Montalbano and Kristen Siebert ran a 1:54.04 for 15th place out of 37 teams.

Leading the class in medals was Nicole Sreenan, who qualified in four events, earning All-State Status in every one of them. Starting off the meet Friday afternoon running in the 400m Dash, Sreenan and teammate Carley Elliott finished second and seventh respectively. Sreenan finished in a time of 1:00.34, while Elliott set a new personal best running a time of 1:02.36. Elliott was a sixth-place finisher in this event in 2012.

Both athletes completed their KHMS careers with four medals, setting the bar high for future track and field athletes. Nicole also competed in the 100m Dash prelims, semifinals and finals, earning a fourth-place finish and her second medal in a time of 13.21.

The eighth grade boys 4x400m Relay team also earned medals with an eighth-place finish, cutting 9 seconds off their PR with a time of 3:49.83. That school record-breaking performance was accomplished by Lio Arredondo, Brock Harner, Matt Redman, Matt Noel, and Seth Howlett.

This relay team was seeded 12th prior to the race.

The 4x100m Relay team of Rachel Goress, Aly Jesionowski, Lexie Guerra, Nicole Sreenan and Carley Elliott finished as state champions and the new KHMS record holders with a time of 51.21 seconds. In addition, the group of Nina Rotter, Aly Jesionowski, Becca Richtman, Nicole Sreenan and Carley Elliott finished as state champions with a time of 4:12.92 seconds in the 4x400m Relay. This team shaved 13 seconds off of their team best and set a new school record with their time.