Kaneland Boys Cross Country 5th in state
Holm earns All State honors
by Ben Draper
Peoriaâ€”On an unseasonably warm day for early November, the Kaneland High School boys cross country team etched itself into the record books once again, placing fifth in the class 2A state finals in Peoria, Ill.
The finish bettered last years’ eighth place finish, and was the highest finish for the Knights since 1999, when they placed second in the class 1A field.
Led by junior Trevor Holm, the team featured a 36-second split between their lead runner and junior Grant Alef, Kaneland’s fifth and final scoring team memberâ€”a historic feat according to head coach Chad Clarey.
â€œToday we raced to a school-record (for the state finals) 36-second pack split, bettering the 1987 (Kaneland) state champs by two seconds,â€ Clarey said. â€œThe pack was outstanding today.â€
Clarey was pleased with how his team faired overall.
â€œThese boys put themselves right among the best in the school’s great history at the state finals,â€ he said. â€œEvery bit of this awesome performance was satisfying.â€
Holm earned personal accolades, placing 23rd overall with a time of 15 minutes, 35 seconds, which was good enough for All Stateâ€”the 10th Knight in school history to achieve the honor.
â€œHolm got into medal contention early, held on for All State, and gave us the strong start in team points,â€ said Clarey.
In the 2008 state finals, Holm placed 100th, 53 seconds behind his 2009 time.
On Holm’s heels, seniors Dominic Furco (44th overall, 15:56), Edgar Valle (60th, 16:08) and Matt Reusche (63rd, 16:11), and junior Grant Alef (64th, 16:11) rounded out the Knights’ scorers. Seniors Logan Markuson (76th, 16:19) and Joe Levita (121st, 17:02) battled for Kaneland as the team’s sixth and seventh runners.
Belvidere North won the team title with 77 points behind individual winner Paul Zeman, followed by Normal University’s 119 and Springfield’s 132, to round out the trophy winners. Peoria Notre Dame’s 168 and Kaneland’s 192 rounded out the top five.
â€œWe wanted to leave Detweiller Park leaving everything on the course, and with no regrets,â€ Clarey said. â€œWe accomplished everything we set out to doâ€”and five seniors will savor this day the rest of their lives. We are so grateful for all they’ve given.â€
The Knights cross country team says goodbye to seniors Furco, Levita, Markuson, Jemmar Parrenas, Reusche, Nick Sinon and Valle.