Photo: Freshman Nicole Sreenan has transitioned well in her first year at KHS, winning the 100m and 400m dashes Saturday, and also taking part in the champion 4x100m relay for Kaneland. Photo by Mary Paulson
Kaneland girls track has great day, but Hononegah takes Holmes
KANELAND—Saturday’s usual mid-April staple, the Jill Holmes Invitational, yielded plenty of great girls track efforts.
KHS just wishes one of the opposing teams didn’t have it in them.
It was only Rockton’s Hononegah, with 144.25 points, that eclipsed the capable Lady Knights roster, which had 133.25 points tallied.
Rosary (94.75), DeKalb (77) and Burlington Central (74.75) rounded out the top five. Sycamore (67), Dixon (51) and Rockford East (30) took the sixth, seventh and eighth spots, respectively, while Dundee-Crown (20) and Rockford Jefferson (10) rounded out the field.
In the 100m dash finals, it was rising freshman Nicole Sreenan, with a time of 12.79, that was crowned queen of the event. Classmate Carly Elliott took sixth with a 13.79 effort.
In the 200m dash, senior Lauren Zick aced her final Holmes Invite challenge with a 26.14-second effort for first place in the finals, and sophomore Allie Heinzer took fourth at 27.31.
“We’re definitely feeling good, the weather is great,” Zick said. “We’re really excited about that. We’ve been really working hard this week to specialize things. We also worked on relays that we’re running today. We’re basically injury-free, and that’s really nice.”
Teammate Heinzer is also taking the good atmosphere and circumstances to heart.
“My coach always says to just beat the first 100 so you can save enough energy for the rest of the race,” Heinzer said. “It’s exciting so far, and the energy is building up my confidence.”
The 400m dash was taken by Sreenan with a 59.31 effort.
In the 800m run, freshman Becca Richtman, with an effort of 2:32.78, took second overall. The 1600m run featured Brianna Bower’s 5:39.40 effort for fifth place, and her 11:52.01 third place in the 3200m run.
The 100m hurdles finals had Kyla Goodine in fifth (17.60), Taylor Eaves in seventh (17.75) and Rachel Steinmiller in eighth (17.84).
The 300m hurdles sweepstakes had Eaves take seventh in the finals (54.35).
In relay action, the Lady Knights took the 4x100m with a time of 49.48, the 4x200m at 1:48.81, finished fourth in the 4x400m at 4:31.51 and third in the 4x800m event at 10:30.61.
Field events also saw a degree of success, with Maddie Keifer finishing fifth in her first-ever Holmes meeting with an effort of four feet, 10 inches, and teammate Sydney Davidson taking eighth at 4’ 8”. Davidson also took eighth in the pole vault at 7’.
The long jump saw Zick battle through a stacked event to take third at 17’ 6”.
Going into the finals, Zick was liking her odds after breaking into the elite group.
“I felt pretty good,” Zick said. “The wind was definitely a factor in everyone’s jumps. We were talking about it at the end of the runway.”
Triple jump action had Keifer strike again at 32’ 8”, for fourth place.
Throws for KHS were highlighted by Elle Tattoni’s third in the shot put with a heave of 33’ 9.5”, and Brittany Kemp in fourth (31’). Tattoni also took second in the discus at 112’ 1”.
On Thursday, April 17, Kaneland heads to the Ottawa ABC Invitational, and hosts Jenni’s ABC Girls Track Meet on Saturday, April 19.