Photo: Dylan Kuipers reacts after clearing 15-3.5 in the pole vault. Photo by Marshall Farthing
Knights battle through Kane Co. field for first
KANELAND—Judging by Friday evening’s Kane County Boys Track Meet held at Millennium Field in Streamwood, Ill., the Knights continued to put their stamp on this current Millennium.
The Knights, with 128 team points, were runaway winners, as Batavia’s 77 was the next closest team.
St. Charles East’s 68, West Aurora’s 67 and Burlington Central’s 67 rounded out the top five.
Geneva (60.5), St. Charles North (57), Marmion (43.5), Dundee-Crown (40) and South Elgin’s 35 completed the top 10 of the 15 point-grabbing schools.
Sprints saw a KHS presence, thanks to Dylan Nauert’s 23.30-second time and Isaac Swithers’ 24.38 effort for sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 200m dash finals.
In the 400m dash, Andrew Lesak was able to nab a sixth-place finish with a time of 52.15.
Austin Kintz was able to have a presence on distance with a 4:37.05 effort in the 1,600m run event, for eighth place.
Hurdles happenings had Nauert take second overall with a 15.27 time in the finals of the 110m challenge, followed closely by Brock Robertson’s 15.37 for fourth. Meanwhile, Robertson was able to take second at 40.54 in the 300m low hurdles, followed by Nauert’s third at 41.63.
Relay action saw the KHS group manage a second in the 4x100m event with a time of 43.67. KHS also achieved a third in the 4x200m tussle at 1:32.02.
The 4x400m foursome of Robertson, Brandon Bishop, Nathaniel Kucera, Kyle Carter were kings of their lane with a time of 3:23.47, while the 4x800m unit of Carter, Lesak, Luis Acosta and Kucera also won their race with a clip of 8:00.64.
Bishop knew the relay roster had it in them for a memorable night.
“In the 4×100, we were in lane 7 and kind of a low rank,” Bishop said. “For three of us, it’s our senior year and we just said, ‘let’s do something special.’”
Field events also saw their share of success with Dylan Kuipers dominating the pole vault festivities at 15 feet, 3.5 inches. Teammate Dan Evers took fifth at 13-06.
Knight Ben Barnes continued his positive trajectory by becoming county champ in the long jump by mastering a 22-9.25 try.
The triple jump saw Knight Dalvell Triplett earn sixth at 42-8.25, while Barnes was close behind at 42-05 for seventh.
Kaneland’s Nate Dyer became a double champ, first by acing the shot put at 55-02, and taking discus at 153-11.
Other KHS finishers in throwing events were Alex Snyder taking second at 51-9.5 in the shot, and Shane Jorgensen taking seventh in the discus in 134-07.
KHS coach Eric Baron had his standout highlights in Upstate Eight Conference territory.
“(I thought) the pole vault, not because (Kuipers) he won, but because 15-3.5 is a big PR. Barnes in long jump broke his own school record, and the biggest surprise was Snyder getting second in shot,” Baron said.
The way the Kane County meet lands on the schedule holds importance and strategy for Kaneland.
“The way our coaches approach the season and approach May, we know it’s the most important time of the year,” Bishop said.
Ahead for the Knights: a chance to host the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference meet on Friday, May 16, beginning at 3 p.m.