KHS girls best of the track
Lead-up to Kane County competition yields plenty of good news with first place
KANELAND—On a Friday night at Grant High School in Fox Lake, Ill., the Lady Knights’ track outfit was out hunting hardware and great totals.
Now in the homestretch to the pivotal and historic Kane County Invite, the Lady Knights took it to the field at the Wauconda Invitational by nabbing a first place with 111 team points.
The next closest team was co-host Grant with 98.3 points. KHS rival Hampshire’s 93, Lake Forest’s 88.3 and Vernon Hills’ 61 rounded out the top five in the nine-team exchange, with Wauconda, Deerfield, Carmel of Mundelein, Ill., and Round Lake bringing up the rear.
A scheduled Monday trip to Manlius, Ill., for a meet at Bureau Valley High School was cancelled.
Noteworthy finishers up in Lake County for the Knights included the 4×100 meter relay foursome of Carly Elliott, Allie Heinzer, Lauren Zick and Nicole Sreenan, who torched the lane with a 49.40 first-place effort.
Other relay action included the 4x200m unit of Olivia Galor, Heinzer, Zick and Elliott winning at 1:46.40. The 4x400m group of Galor, Sreenan, Strang and Heinzer took second at 4:06.0.
KHS coach Doug Ecker said that the foursomes aren’t completely set in stone, but off to a great start.
“The relays are progressing well,” Ecker said. “The 4×200 and 4×100 are pretty much set for who will be running on them. We are still not sure who will be on the 4×800 relay and 4×400 relays. There is still competition for those relays spots. They have run well in all the relays, but there is still room for improvement in each, especially the 4×800 and 4×400 relays. We have seen improvement from all the girls the past few weeks.”
On the distance front, Lady Knight Brianna Bower finished second with an effort of 11:23.70, and second in the 1,600m run with a 5:23.70 pace. Teammate Sydney Strang secured second place in the 800m run at 2:26.
Sprints saw Zick master the 200m dash at 25.00, 1.20 better than her Lake Forest challenger.
Field events saw Zick best the long jump at 17 feet, 6 inches. Maddie Keifer finished second in the high jump with a 5-foot launch. Elle Tattoni threw a 111-10.5 for third place in discus action, and Christina Delach’s 10-foot try in the pole vault won the event.
Friday, May 2, sees Kaneland host the annual Kane County Invitational, with the Lady Knights looking to defend the Maple Park turf against 21 other opponents, with a 4 p.m. start.