A career best day for numerous finishers at Kaneland was highlighted by a terrific triangular with Sycamore and Benet Academy. In the final team standings, Kaneland and Benet Academy finished in a dead heat at 32 points each. Benet had great firepower up front, finishing 1-3-4. It was the Knights who prevailed behind a course-best 15:55 from Dallal (2nd), and a superb :10 pack split between the next four scoring runners from Kaneland. Nolan Allen ran a career best 16:12 to take 5th overall. Parker Malone (16:15) and Aaron Lodwig (16:16) had career PRs at 7th and 8th. Logan Cunz ran a :47 career PR to finish 10th at 16:22. Benet Academy’s 4th and 5th runners placed 11th and 13th. Splitting these two runners was Christian Phillips, in his second race back from injury, to run a :15 career PR to take 12th at 16:46. In cross country, when team scores are tied, the sixth runner is used to break the tie. Benet’s sixth runner finished the day at 16:54, in 16th place.
Chris Fountain ran a :34 career PR to finish the day as the seventh runner for the Knights at 17:11 (20th overall). Liam Evans had a :39 career best, crossing the line at 17:15. Charles Fitts added a career best also, finishing at 17:20. Evan Scherden was next in with record time, ending at 18:03 and an :18 PR. Dominic Fiedler was the next Knight in the chute, four seconds later, adding a :43 PR to the total. Senior Brady Johnson, opted to run on a sore ankle and nearly capped off the PR day with solid 18:13, just three seconds off his career best at home.
In the frosh soph race, the Knights were victorious, and improved to 7-1 on the season. Brady Babka topped the charts with his career best time of 16:56 to win. Trevor Neal boasted a :55 career best time to take 2nd at 17:03. Aidan Bruhl was 5th in the event, placing a career best time of 17:56.
Kaneland races with Rochelle on Tuesday, for their last home meet ahead of the Championship season. The Interstate 8 Conference Meet will be in Sycamore on October 17.