Boys XC hit stride at regional

By on October 29, 2009

by Mike Slodki
It wasn’t quite the top spot, but Kaneland boys cross country will take it.

They’ll take it all the way to sectionals.

Thanks to a 15-second edge by Marmion Academy’ sixth runner, the Cadets took the Aurora Central Catholic Class 2A regional competition on Saturday at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. Kaneland matched Marmion’s total of 66 points, however.

Crystal Lake Central finished third with 70, and won a tiebreaker with Prairie Ridge, while Burlington Central took fifth with 152 points.

Marmion and Kaneland advance to next Saturday’s 2A sectional in Belvidere.

“It’s such a loaded field there that anything can happen,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “We need to stay healthy, focus on our pack split, and go to Belvidere ready to run.”

Crystal Lake Central’s Ryan Alvarez won the course with a time of 15 minutes, 17 seconds. The top Kaneland runner was junior Trevor Holm, who continued his exceptional pace this season with a 15:28 effort on Saturday.

“He’s a leader and a racer in every sense of each word,” Clarey said about the leading Knight from Saturday.

Matt Reusche of Kaneland finished eighth overall at 15:42.

Dominic Furco of Kaneland finished third- best for the Knights at 17th overall at 16:05. Teammate Logan Markuson was 18th at 16:12.