Not lonely near the top

By on May 15, 2014

Photo: Elle Tattoni had a big day in the throws, placing second in the shot put and third in discus at the NIB-12 Conference Championship in Dixon, Ill. Photo by Mary Paulson

Girls track takes second at conference
KANELAND—KHS girls track did about at as well as it could have, when the Yorkville adversary had a day like it had.

Kaneland’s 104.5 point total at the fourth-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet in Dixon, Ill., was second only to Yorkville’s 152.

Geneseo (70), Sycamore (52) and Sterling (50) rounded out the top five. DeKalb at 48, Dixon at 37 and LaSalle-Peru at 22.5 took the sixth through eighth spots, and Morris (20) and Ottawa (1) rounded out the scoring schools. Rochelle and Streator failed to register points.

“I was happy with their effort as usual,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “I thought we were the second-best team coming in and thats how it finished. The sprinters and throwers at the varsity level performed very well.”

Friday also marked the final NIB-12 girls track gathering to feature Dixon and Streator, with both schools vacating the conference at the end of the current school year.

In the 100m dash, the sprints held their own, with Lauren Zick taking second at 12.57, followed by Nicole Sreenan in third just .02 behind.

Sreenan became NIB-12 champ in the 200m dash with a time of 26.22, while Zick was overcome with a leg injury during the race and was unable to finish.

“From what I saw, Lauren was into the straight away after a fantastic curve and appeared to lose her balance because her legs were moving so fast and just fell down mid stride,” KHS assistant track coach Keith Snyder said. “She got X-rays Monday at Fox Valley Ortho, which showed no fracture, but that it is a high ankle sprain. She and our trainer have been diligent and aggressive in her rehab. She’ll go back to Fox Valley on Monday for a follow-up, and they’ll let her know whether they think she can run at State or not.”

Nothing fundamentally changes, according to Zick’s event coach.

“Luckily, we have more depth than we are accustomed to this season and are able to put in great runners into the relays for her,” Snyder said. “This group of girls is accustomed to success with and without her; we’re going to put together our best relays and see where that puts us. For these young girls, it’s an opportunity to go out and make a name for themselves just like Lauren did when she was an underclassman.”

Sreenan continued her productive evening by finishing second in the 400m dash at 58.53, ahead of teammate Allie Heinzer’s third and 1:01.37.

Hurdle happenings saw Kyla Goodine take sixth in the finals of the 100m at 17.26.

In the relay section, the foursome of Lexie Guerra, Heinzer, Sreeenan and Carly Elliott claimed the 4x100m event at 50.58. The 4x200m also won at 1:47.57, thanks to the efforts of Olivia Galor, Zick, Becca Richtman and Elliott. In the 4x400m, Kaneland’s Galor, Richtman, Sydney Strang and Heinzer took fourth at 4:10.24. The unit of Richtman, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Strang managed a fourth at 10:03.82.

Field events also had a degree of success, with Maddie Keifer taking fourth in the high jump at 5 feet. Zick’s 17-07 in the long jump secured second place for Kaneland, while pole vault benefitted from Christina Delach’s win (10-6) and Guerra’s sixth place (8 feet).

Throwing competition saw Elle Tattoni take second in the shot put at 35-09.75, 3-9.75 behind YHS standout MacKenzie Lee, while Kaneland’s Brittany Kemp took sixth at 32-11. Tattoni also took a third in the discus at 105-02.

On Friday, May 16, the postseason charge begins for the Lady Knights roster at the Class 2A Freeport Sectional. KHS rivals also slated to appear in the 16-team event are Burlington Central, Dixon, Rochelle, Sterling and Sycamore.