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Boys track assistant coach accepts award
KANELAND—For two decades, Rob Bieritz has been a part of the fabric of Kaneland track.

Two weeks ago, he was awarded some hardware for his work.

Bieritz, a Batavia resident and a Class of 2001 graduate of Kaneland High School, was one of several honorees by the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association as a recipient of the Dave Pasquini Assistant Coach Award. The award can only be awarded to a coach once in their lifetime, and is for extraordinary effort as an assitant coach for either track and field or cross country.

Bieritz, along with Glenbard South’s Ryan Crissey, Evanston’s George Woodridge, Chicago’s Jones rep Ben Mahon, Neuqua Valley’s Michael Rossi and Sterling’s Tom Depasquale, were honored at a social in Downers Grove, Ill., on Jan. 10.

KHS boys track coach Eric Baron informed the track staff of the honor through email; fitting because Baron is also a winner of the award, along with Randy Olesen.

The award is named after former Glenbrook South High School coach Dave Pasquini, who died of cancer.

“You look at what coach Baron has done and what Randy has done, and all the way back to Ralph Drendel, and it’s as much them surrounding me,” Bieritz said.

Starting assistant track work in 2006 under Baron, Bieritz was influenced as a coach, but first an athlete, under the Kaneland success factory.

“You can’t put a description as to what the coaches taught me, but you try to resemble what they’ve done as much as you can,” Bieritz said.

Bieritz has been able to interact with current coaches as a Knight athlete and a KHS mentor in the lanes.

“Every coach I’ve had, guys like Tom Fedderly and Chad Clarey and others, you learn from them and take what you want,” Bieritz said.

The former 300m Intermediate Hurdles state qualifier has noticed differences in his coaching approach and now has eight years of track nuances to look back with.

It’s all the better for the perennial Class 2A medal threat.

“You try not to coach in general, you have to coach toward each different kid. What you try could affect a kid differently, and you have every style of kid. They’re all different,” Bieritz said.

The award, for assistant coach achievement, was given out before the annual ITCCCA track clinic held at Oak Park-River Forest High School. It could be fitting that an award that went to Bieritz comes shortly before a clinic, signifying that an assistant coach’s work is never done.

“You have to be able to bust your butt at this, so the kids can bust theirs and see the rewards,” Bieritz said. “When the kids see what the rewards are, that’s what it’s all about.”

Photos: Flying through the air

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Pole vaulters from around the district gathered the first three weeks of June for the annual Kaneland Pole Vault Camp. The camp began with two weeks of “free” vaulting, followed by the official camp, which was held last week. Thirty athletes took to the skies every evening, and some even participated in a meet held at Yorkville Saturday. Dan Evers takes a shot on a practice vault. Coach Drendel gives instruction in the background while vaulters wait their turn. Mitch Groen about to land after a practice vault. Dylan Kuipers prepares for a practice vault.

Late surge leads to Kucera win

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Trio of KHS track athletes compete in elite meet; Kucera wins the 800-meter

KANELAND—Kaneland High School track state champion Nathaniel Kucera continued his dominating year by setting a school record in the 800m run on Saturday.

Kucera was one of three Kaneland High School track stars invited to the second annual Midwest Distance Festival on Saturday, held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

The Midwest Distance Festival, is an event geared to give student-athletes an opportunity to run against elite athletes from the region. Athletes must qualify for entry in the meet by achieving qualifying times during track meets this year.

Junior state champions Kyle Carter and Kucera both competed in the 800 meter run, and long-distance runner Victoria Clinton competed in the two-mile run.

One fourth of the Class 2A championship 4X800m relay squad, Kucera put on a burst in the final 200 meters of the run, weaving inside one runner and outside of another as he moved from fifth to the front. He crossed the line with a winning time of 1:51.33, .36 ahead of the second-place runner, Brad Johnson of Brookfield East, Wisc. Carter finished in 11th place, with a time of 1:55.31.

“Nathaniel and Kyle are both very confident. They knew the only expectation was to have fun and learn from the experience. Kucera had a huge break out. That broke the school record set by Ron Ackerman in 1975,” KHS track coach Eric Baron said.”Did I expect it? I’d say not yet, but the both of them are the best two middle runners I have ever coached or seen at this level.”

The video is available at dyestatil.com, or at the bottom of this article.

Just one of the eight boys and girls races held on the campus of Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., the 800m field had 17 athletes, including Oswego East’s Chase Skenadore.

An accomplished runner having just completed her sophomore campaign, multiple State qualifier Clinton finished fifth in the two-mile run with a time of 11:29.84.

Fellow Northern Illinois Big XII standout Michelle Dobbs of Rochelle won the girls 800m run with a time of 2:10.96.

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2013 Spring Athletic Banquet Awards

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The Kaneland High School Athletics Department on Thursday, June 6, announced the award winners for varsity high school athletics.

Below are those winners.

Knight Award

for three-sport athletes:
Ashley Castellanos—Cross Country,
Basketball, Track and Field;
Sarah Grams—Tennis, Basketball, Softball;
Brooke Harner—Tennis, Basketball, Soccer;
Dan Miller—Golf, Basketball, Baseball
Female Athlete of the Year: Sarah Grams
Male Athlete of the Year: Matt Limbrunner
Female Birkette Award: Sarah Grams
Male Birkette Award: Dan Miller

2013 Spring NIBXII
All Conference

Girls Track:
Brianna Bower, Ashley Castellanos, Victoria Clinton, Christina Delach, Allie Heinzer, Jessica Kucera, Amanda Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Sydney Strang, Lauren Zick, Abby Dodis, Kyla Goodine, Kaltrina Ismaili, Rachel Steinmiller, Elle Tattoni
Boys Track:
Dylan Kuipers, Kory Harner, Tanner Andrews, Nate Dyer, Brandon Cottier, Brandon Bishop, Ben Barnes, Isaac Swithers, Conor Johnson, Nathaniel Kucera, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta, Dylan Nauert
Girls Soccer:
Jordan Ginther, Delaney Stryczek, Madi Jurcenko, Courtney Diddell, Sage Schlehofer
Softball:
Hayley Contorno, Allyson O’Herron, Lanie Callaghan, Lexi Roach, Paige Kuefler
Baseball:
Matt Limbrunner, Dan Miller, Tyler Carlson

2013 Boys
Track and Field Awards

MVP—Track: Dylan Nauert
MVP—Field: Tanner Andrews
Drendel Award: Jay Markuson
Captains:
Conor Johnson, Kory Harner, Brad Kigyos, Brandon Cottier, Marshall Farthing, John Meisenger
Ron Probst Award: Ben Barnes
All Conference:
Dylan Kuipers, Kory Harner, Tanner Andrews, Nate Dyer, Brandon Cottier, Brandon Bishop, Ben Barnes, Isaac Swithers, Conor Johnson, Nathaniel Kucera, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta, Dylan Nauert
State Qualifiers:
Conor Johnson and Kyle Carter—
4x800m, 4x400m Relays;
Luis Acosta—4x800m Relay;
Nathaniel Kucera—4x800m,
4x400m relays, 400m Dash;
Brandon Bishop and Brandon Cottier—
4x100m Relay, 200m Dash;
Ben Barnes—4x100m Relay;
Dylan Nauert—4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay,
110m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles;
Tanner Andrews—Triple Jump;
Marshall Farthing—High Jump;
Nate Dyer—Shot Put;
Dylan Kuipers and Kory Harner—Pole Vault

2013 Girls
Track and Field Awards

MVP: Ashley Castellanos, Lauren Zick
Most Improved:
Murphy Garcia, Kyla Goodine
Captains:
Maggie Brundige, Ashley Castellanos,
Abby Dodis
State Qualifiers:
Brianna Bower—3200m Run;
Victoria Clinton—1600m Run;
Ashley Castellanos—Triple Jump,
4x400m Relay;
Amanda Lesak—4x800m Relay,
4x400m Relay;
Sydney Strang—4x800m Relay;
Lauren Zick—4x400m Relay, Long Jump;
Christina Delach—Pole Vault;
Allie Heinzer—4x400m Relay;
Jessica Kucera—4x800m Relay;
Aislinn Lodwig—4x800m Relay

2013 Varsity Girls
Soccer Awards

Captains:
Jordan Ginther, Anne Marie Giese,
Brooke Harner
Most Improved Player: Emily Grams
Rookie of the Year:
Sage Schlehofer, Kiandra Powell
Coach’s Award:
Courtney Diddell, Heather Ortiz,
Delaney Stryczek
Lady Knights Award:
Michelle Ortiz, Brittany Olson,
Madison Jurcenko
Most Valuable Player: Jordan Ginther
All Conference:
Sage Schlehofer, Jordan Ginther, Delaney Stryczek, Madison Jurcenko, Courtney Diddell
All Conference-Honorable Mention:
Kiandra Powell

2013 Softball Awards
Defensive Player of the Year:
Hayley Contorno
Offensive Player of the Year:
Allyson O’Herron, Lexi Roach
Lady Knight Award: Lexi Roach
Captains: Allyson O’Herron, Lanie Callaghan
NiB-12 All Conference:
Paige Kuefler, Hayley Contorno, Allyson
O’Herron, Lexi Roach, Lanie Callaghan
All Conference Honorable Mention:
Sarah Grams, Ellissa Eckert
Conference MVP: Allyson O’Herron

2013 Boys Baseball Award
Mr. Kaneland Baseball: Dan Miller
MVP Offensive: Matt Limbrunner
MVP Defensive: Joe Pollastrini, Dan Miller
Most Improved Player: Tyler Bellock
NIBXII All Conference:
Matt Limbrunner, Dan Miller, Tyler Carlson
All Conference Honorable Mention:
Joshua Cohrs, Tyler Bellock

Boys track going the Midwest Distance

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Two Kaneland runners compete at Benedictine
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Not content with the productive goings-on at Eastern Illinois University two weekends ago, Kaneland High School track members Kyle Carter and Nathaniel Kucera, junior State medalists, have more work to do.

On Saturday, June 8, the two members of the Class 2A 4x800m relay champion foursome travel to Lisle, Ill., to compete at the 2013 Midwest Distance Festival, hosted by Benedictine University.

The second annual festival switches locations from the Joliet, Ill.-based Memorial Stadium.

The track tandem set a school record in Charleston, Ill. at the Class 2A State gathering along with junior teammates Luis Acosta and Conor Johnson with a time of 7:50.26.

Carter and Kucera are one of 16 athletes competing in the 800m run, which had a qualifying time of one minute, 56 seconds. Carter’s leg of the State run was 1:54.46, while Kucera’s entry was 1:54.40, fifth and ninth in the entire field, respectively.

Carter is not approaching the event any differently now that he is, by definition, one of the best in Illinois at what he does.

“I still get nervous before these things,” he said. “You never know what could happen. I just have to go in and see and run my own race.”

The two Class of 2014 members helped spur on a sixth-place team finish for boys track with 24 team points.

Slated to witness the race are the two runner’s families and KHS coach Eric Baron.

Lady Knight Victoria Clinton will also compete in the girls 2-mile run.

The festival consists of five events for the boys and three for the girls, along with a co-ed 5,000m run. The top three runners will be medaled after each event.

Benedictine University is located at 5700 College Rd. in Lisle, Ill.

A weekend to remember

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Nathaniel Kucera secures the 4x800m State Title for the Knights. Tanner Andrews secured All State honors in the Triple Jump with a 44’ 1.5” effort at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.                  
Photo by Sheri Farthing

4x800m Relay nabs State title, boys track takes sixth in Class 2A
KANELAND—Kaneland boys track has a long and storied history, and the 2013 team added to it this weekend.

The 4x800m relay team of Conor Johnson, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta and Nathaniel Kucera set a school record and won the Class 2A State title for the 4x800m Relay event on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.

The 7:50.26 time beat Normal University’s effort by 1.32 seconds and put the KHS foursome into school immortality.

The State nod helped the Knights capture sixth overall in Class 2A with 24 team points. Cahokia (99.5), East St. Louis (40), Bloomington (37), Lakes (29) and Thornridge (26) rounded out the top five.

Recent history had the 4x400m Relay win first in 2010, Taylor Andrews win the 110m High Hurdles in 2011, Logan Markuson win the 300m Intermediate Hurdles in 2009 and Nick Sinon take the High Jump in 2010.

Friday saw the State kings take their Friday challenge with a time of 8:06.45.

“Conor, Kyle, Luis and Nathaniel are all great leaders, and they ran their legs,” KHS coach Eric Baron said. “They did great and ran outstanding.”

The State-winning challenge was accented by a topple of an opposing runner during a baton switch between Johnson and Carter, forcing Johnson to leap over a pile, and Carter to stop for the baton.

“I saw what was happening and it was a little bit of ‘Oh my God,’ but I recovered quick,” Carter said.

The Knight effort saw plenty of finalists competing on the EIU track on the final day of the track and field season.

The 4x400m group of Johnson, Carter, Kucera and Dylan Nauert, with a time of 3:20.06, took second and a State medal nod, just :1.02 behind East St. Louis. The four won their Friday heat at 3:23.22.

Tanner Andrews closed his career out with a sixth-place effort and a medal in the Triple Jump after a 44-1.5. The senior jumped 44-1.5 in Friday action to qualify.

Junior Nate Dyer took ninth in the Shot Put with a mark of 51-10, after clearing that mark in prelims.

Kucera took ninth overall in the 400m Dash (50.76), after topping his prelim heat at 50.01.

Senior Kory Harner finished 10th overall in the Pole Vault thanks to a 13-06.

Senior Marshall Farthing finished 14th overall in the High Jump with a mark of 6-2, after clearing 6-3 in the prelims.

Friday action also saw the 4x100m Relay squad of Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier, Nauert and Ben Barnes take fifth in their heat with a time of 43.95.

Nauert finished sixth in his 110m High Hurdles prelim heat with a mark of 15.52, and second in his 300m Hurdles event prelim heat at 40.05.

In the 200m Dash, Cottier took sixth in his prelim heat with a time of 22.74, while Bishop took sixth in his prelim heat at 22.80.

The Pole Vault prelims saw Dylan Kuipers go 11th at 13 feet, while Harner tied for first in the prelims at 13-09.

A productive year highlighted by an astounding weekend won’t soon be forgotten by the winners.

‘We were down there to compete, and we knew it was possible,” Carter said.

“People forget this was a young group of kids, and the relays are loaded with juniors,” KHS coach Eric Baron said. “You had guys like Andrews and Harner and Farthing close out their careers in great ways, and we got to see what’s ahead.”

The State Champion 4x800m Relay team (above) of Conor  Johnson, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta and Nathaniel Kucera on the podium at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet. They broke a school record,  running 7:50.26. Photo by  Sheri Farthing
The State Champion 4x800m Relay team (above) of Conor
Johnson, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta and Nathaniel Kucera on the podium at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet. They broke a school record,
running 7:50.26.
Photo by
Sheri Farthing
Nathaniel Kucera secures the 4x800m State Title for the Knights.
Nathaniel Kucera secures the 4x800m State Title for the Knights.
Photo by Sheri Farthing
The 4x400m Relay team (left) of Conor  Johnson, Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera and Dylan Nauert ran a 4:20.06 to place second at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.  Photo by  Sheri Farthing
The 4x400m Relay team (left) of Conor
Johnson, Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera and Dylan Nauert ran a 4:20.06 to place second at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.
Photo by
Sheri Farthing
Tanner Andrews secured All State honors in the Triple Jump with a 44’ 1.5” effort at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.                   Photo by Sheri Farthing
Tanner Andrews secured All State honors in the Triple Jump with a 44’ 1.5” effort at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.
Photo by Sheri Farthing
Marshall Farthing in the High Jump. Photo by Sheri Farthing
Marshall Farthing in the High Jump.
Photo by Sheri Farthing
Korey Harner in the Pole Vault.
Korey Harner in the Pole Vault.
Photo by Sheri Farthing

Rise of the Knights

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Photo: Three-time state qualifier Corey Harner will be joined by numerous members of the boys track team at the IHSA State Track and Field meet this weekend. The Knights won the Sectional title, easily outdistancing second-place Winnebago 151-68. File Photo

Boys tracks wins 5th straight Sectional, qualifies 10 individuals, three relays for State
KANELAND—Fans could most likely identify Kaneland boys track on Friday by the team out in front.

At the Class 2A Sterling Sectional, the Knights amassed 151 points, compared to second-place Winnebago (68) and third-place Burlington Central (66).

School records were set by Kaneland in both the 4x800m relay and 4x400m relays.

In the 4×800, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta, Nathaniel Kucera and Conor Johnson ran wild with a 7:55.09, while the foursome of Carter, Dylan Nauert, Kucera and Johnson hit the 3:19.99 mark in the 4×4.

“We just go out there and do what we’ve been doing all season,” Johnson said. “We just stay calm and try our hardest. We don’t want to look ahead too much.”

The 4x100m relay squad of Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier, Nauert and Ben Barnes also qualified for state with a second-place, 43.30 tally.

“At the state meet, that’s when we want to run our best times and do our best,” Cottier said. “This is all on the table, and we perform good at big meets.”

The relay success was just the beginning.

In the pole vault, both Dylan Kuipers (13-9) and Kory Harner (13-3) qualified as the top two vaulters.

As a three-time qualifier, Harner still gets pumped and focused for Charleston, Ill.

“I think this year I’m more mature than in the past,” Harner said. “The outcome has been the same at the sectional meet the last few years, but I think I still have a lot of room to grow.”

Marshall Farthing took second in the high jump with an effort of 6-3.

“I was pretty consistent on Friday and made a 6-1 attempt in my first jump and got all the nerves out of my system. I’m hoping the same thing happens at State,” Farthing said.

Fellow field competitor Nate Dyer won the shot put at 51-4.

Tanner Andrews won the triple jump at 44-9, and doesn’t feel like slowing down.

“I think I have pretty good form, and I’ve improved a lot from last year,” Andrews said. “I’ve been working in practice every day in all three phases.”

Nauert became sectional champion in the 100m high hurdles (15.33) and 300m intermediate hurdles (39.00), while teammate Kucera also took some individual praise with a 49.22, second-place showing in the 400m dash.

In the 200m dash, Bishop took third with a 22.4, followed closely by Cottier at 22.46.

The trip to Eastern Illinois University will be a packed one, but nothing the Knights aren’t used to handling, according to KHS coach Eric Baron.

‘We don’t win the sectional on the back of one or two athletes, we win the sectional on the depth of our entire squad,” Baron said. “We scored in all but two events. We have expectations, and the seniors know that, and the junior class will lead on with that next year, and our freshman saw it.”

The Class 2A meet begins on Friday, May 24.

Conference Champs

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KHS boys track team takes top spot at NIB-12
KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII conference boys track certainly has its share of talented teams.

Kaneland made certain it was included in that discussion, netting a conference championship as a team and showing the strength it boasts in a variety of events.

Venturing to the grounds of Dixon High School for the final time under NIB-12 jurisdiction, the Knights finished first by a sizable margin, with 139 points. Close rival DeKalb was second with a 95-point output, and Geneseo was third at 71 points.

It marked the last stop before Kaneland’s trip to the Class 2A sectional gathering in Sterling.

Kyle Carter beat his conference foes and almost beat a KHS school record, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.46, the second-fastest time in school history.

“Distance had a huge night,” Baron said. “(Carter) beat his best time by almost four seconds.”

Carter added to his winning ways as part of the 4×400-meter relay team and the 4×800-meter relay team, earning a total of three conference crowns.

The 4×400 team of Carter, Dylan Nauert, Nathaniel Kucera and Brandon Bishop took the top spot with a time of 3:23.77. The 4×800 team of Carter, Kucera, Conor Johnson and Luis Acosta left the rest of the field behind, winning the event by a 12-second margin at 8:03.68.

Kucera, who earned conference titles with Carter in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, added his third of the night with a big win in the 400-meter dash, cruising to a 49.79 time. Johnson took third in the event with a time of 50.80.

Nauert earned two conference titles and added a second-place finish, having been part of the 4×400-relay team and then taking the 300-meter low hurdles title with a time of 39.88 seconds, 1.2 ahead of the rest of the pack. He teamed up with Bishop, Brandon Cottier and Ben Barnes to nab second in the 100-meter relay, with a time of 43.80.

Kaneland relays earned another second-place finish with a tally of 1:31.81 in the 4×200-meter relay, featuring Bishop, Cottier, Isaac Swithers and Barnes.

The field events proved to be an equal opportunity for Knight success, with the top two pole vault spots going to Dylan Kuipers (14-0) and teammate Kory Harner (13-3).

Tanner Andrews of the Knights outfit was king of the triple jump with a 44-05, a good 1-04 over Geneseo’s Josh Beard.

Kaneland heaver Nate Dyer managed a first in the shot put with a 53-02.25, while a 151-04 was good for third in the discus throw.

In the 100-meter dash, Cottier took second with a time of 11.20 seconds, while teammate Bishop managed a fourth with a mark of 11.32.

The 200m dash yielded similar success, as Cottier took second at 22.90, while fellow Knight Barnes was fourth with a time of 23.43.

Kaneland also hosted a pre-postseason get-together in Maple Park against the likes of Hinckley-Big Rock, IMSA and Sandwich on Monday, with team scores not kept.

Noteworthy first-place performances were had by the 3200m relay team (9:11.94), Nauert in the 110m high hurdles (15.29), Bishop in the 100m dash (10:59), Dalvell Triplett in the triple jump (41-03) and Carter in the 800m run (2:04.12).

Ahead for Kaneland is the Friday, May 17, Sterling Sectional. Other NIB-12 schools include Dixon, Rochelle and Sycamore.

Kane County Champs

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KHS boys track claims Kane County Invite
BURLINGTON—The closest thing that was able to stop the Kaneland boys track squad on Friday during the Kane County Invite, now in its 10th decade, was the weather.

But the cold and wind were not as powerful as the local Knights in Burlington, Ill.

With 117 team points, the outright meet title was Kaneland’s alone, unlike the tie acquired with Geneva at the 2012 version of the meet at West Aurora.

Rounding out the top five schools were St. Charles North (101), West Aurora (82), Geneva (61) and Batavia (52.5).

The host Rockets were sixth with 50 points overall.

Kaneland boasted two relay champs in the Kane County landscape, first with the 4×400 group of Brandon Bishop, Kyle Carter, Dylan Nauert and Nathaniel Kucera (3:24.17) and the 4×800 grouping of Conor Johnson, Carter, Luis Acosta and Kucera at 8:03.15.

Kucera felt the 4x800m win was indicative of the hard work and talent that went into the unit.

“That was how we were hoping to do, walk away with a championship,” Kucera said. “We take whatever we can get; as long as it’s not raining and the wind’s not too bad, we’ll be happy.”

It looks like Kucera and Co. were just playing to the level of competition: good.

“We have all these great teams around us and pushing us the whole race, so that helps us with our times,” Kucera said.

The shot put went to Nate Dyer, who took first at 50-11, followed closely by teammate Shane Jorgensen in third (46-2.25). Dyer would go on to take second in discus with a heave of 153-09.

Kaneland’s presence was felt in the 100m dash finals, with Brandon Cottier (11.30) finishing fourth and Bishop (11.32) taking fifth.

Cottier was at it again in the 200m dash finals with a 22.90 time, good for fourth, while teammate Ben Barnes was seventh at 23.40.

In the finals of the 110m high hurdles, Knight threat Nauert was fourth at 15.92, but came back to win the 300m low hurdles at 40.80.

In the 4x100m relay, the foursome of Bishop, Cottier, Nauert and Barnes managed a third overall with a time of 43.76. Dylan Pennington, Cottier, Bishop and Barnes suited up and took third in the 4x200m relay at 1:32.31, 1.29 seconds behind victorious St. Charles North.

In the remaining field events, it was Dylan Kuipers effort of 13 feet, three inches that netted third in the county for KHS. In the long jump, Barnes gave himself a third overall with an effort of 20-0.75.

Ahead for the Knights is a stop in Dixon for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet, Dixon’s last opportunity to host before vacating the NIB-12 in the fall of 2014.

Kaneland boys track talent on display

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KANELAND—Boys track’s landscape in the area had best watch out for KHS, as it stands to mow most teams down in its tracks.

With the weather largely improving, Kaneland’s roster took to the track at Marmion Academy on April 24 and the usual late-April Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, before traveling to Yorkville for a Northern Illinois Big XII battle that involved Morris.

Against the host Cadets and Chicago’s Jones High School, Kaneland claimed the day with 120 points, compared to 57 for Marmion and nine for Jones.

Winners for the Knights included the 4×100 meter relay, which took its competition in 45.01 seconds, Dylan Nauert with a 15.46 time in the 110m high hurdles and teammate Ben Barnes in the 100m dash at 10.82.

Kaneland’s Nathaniel Kucera ran over the field in the 800m run, thanks to his 2:02.74 effort, while Nauert struck again in the 300m low hurdles at 41.44. Kyle Carter of Kaneland’s 4:36.17 was good enough to win the 1600m run.

Barnes was at it again for Kaneland with a 200m dash win in 22.56, and the KHS foursome in the 1600m relay took the event in 3:32.28.

The field events features standouts like Marshall Farthing, taking the long jump at 20 feet, six inches, Dalvell Triplett winning triple jump competition with a 41-11, Alex Snyder taking the discus at 127-8 and JR Vest besting the pole vault field in 12 feet.

At the Crystal Lake Central Invite, the Knights captured the team title with 140.5 points.

Host CLC was an 82-point show, while Machesney Park’s Harlem was third with 74 points.

Carter was at it again in the 800m run with a first-place entry of 1:58.20, while the 800 and 1600m relay foursomes grabbed first with times of 1:31.92 and 3:22.88, respectively.

Farthing was second in the high jump at 6-3, while Harner was a 13-3.3 in the pole vault for second.

“Our field events have gone unnoticed, and that is a shame. They alone scored enough points at Peterson to win the meet,” KHS coach Eric Baron said. “We bring at least two great people per field event. The second athlete is the reason we are winning meets. They score so many points … In the throws and vault, we have such depth that if one of our guys is out, we can put another right in the place who will score.”

Tuesday saw Kaneland travel to Yorkville for a tri-meet against the hosts and Morris. The Knights came away with a big win, earning 103 points, well ahead of Yorkville’s second-place showing of 46 points.

The Knights travel to the annual Kane County Invite hosted by Burlington Central on Friday, May 3.

KHS boys track defends its turf

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KANELAND—Saturday saw a lot of teams having to look up at Kaneland boys track.

There were 15 teams, to be exact.

With a 145.3 point output, the Knights were crowned kings of the usual late-April Peterson Prep on Saturday morning in Maple Park, a comfortable 87 points ahead of DeKalb and ahead of Oswego East’s 57.

Burlington Central claimed fourth with 46.5, while West Aurora garnered 46.3.

Other Northern Illinois Big XII schools included Sycamore in seventh with 38, Yorkville in ninth at 26 and Rochelle in 11th with 18.

Top honors and noteworthy finishes abounded for Kaneland, as the team found a comfortable distance between it and the rest of the field.

The sprint entries came away with a productive Saturday, beginning with Nathaniel Kucera’s second place in the 400 meter dash, with a time of 50.36 seconds, while teammate Dylan Nauert made his presence felt once again in the 300m low hurdles with a second-place time of 40.64.

The 4x100m relay team of Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier, Nauert and Isaac Swithers took the group with a final time of 43.79, while the unit of Bishop, Cottier, Swithers and Ben Barnes finished second in the 4x200m relay at 1:33.06.

Bishop, Kyle Carter, Nauert and Kucera captured the 4×400 with a time of 3:26.08, and the Knights struck again with Conor Johnson, Carter, Luis Acosta and Kucera in the 4×800 with a first-place 8:01.23.

“It was a decent day out, a little cold but still manageable and good for running,” Carter said. “We’ve been doing what we can. In the 400, we’ve been running with each other for three years now. We’re still working on things and getting in shape, but it’s going to be good.”

The field events also featured plenty of black-and-white honors, namely the pole vault that saw KHS sweep the top two spots, with Kory Harner and Dylan Kuipers hitting 12 feet, nine inches.

A similar situation arose in the long jump event, with Barnes (21-1.75) and Tanner Andrews (20-10) nabbing the top two spots.

Barnes enjoys the opportunity to see major field time in his sophomore campaign, and felt good about the team’s fortunes for Saturday and beyond.

“It’s like our whole team is PR’ing. Everyone thinks this is the best weather we’ve had, and I feel like I jumped pretty good in this weather. I can go farther if it’s a lot nicer,” Barnes said.

KHS teammate Dalvell Triplett took second overall in the triple jump with a mark of 42-6.25 for second place.

In the shot put, asset Nate Dyer was second at 51-3, and in the discus at 143.

Kaneland boys track was set to compete in a makeup day at Marmion Academy on Wednesday, and head to the Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, April 26, before heading to Yorkville along with Morris on Tuesday, April 30.

KHS boys track defends its turf

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Boys track team dominant Saturday at Peterson Prep
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Saturday saw a lot of teams having to look up at Kaneland boys track.
There were 15 teams, to be exact.

With a 145.3 point output, the Knights were crowned kings of the usual late-April Peterson Prep on Saturday morning in Maple Park, a comfortable 87 points ahead of DeKalb and ahead of Oswego East’s 57.

Burlington Central claimed fourth with 46.5, while West Aurora garnered 46.3.
Other Northern Illinois Big XII schools included Sycamore in seventh with 38, Yorkville in ninth at 26 and Rochelle in 11th with 18.

Top honors and noteworthy finishes abounded for Kaneland, as the team found a comfortable distance between it and the rest of the field.

The sprint entries came away with a productive Saturday, beginning with Nathaniel Kucera’s second place in the 400 meter dash, with a time of 50.36 seconds, while teammate Dylan Nauert made his presence felt once again in the 300m low hurdles with a second-place time of 40.64.

The 4x100m relay team of Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier, Nauert and Isaac Swithers took the group with a final time of 43.79, while the unit of Bishop, Cottier, Swithers and Ben Barnes finished second in the 4x200m relay at 1:33.06.

Bishop, Kyle Carter, Nauert and Kucera captured the 4×400 with a time of 3:26.08, and the Knights struck again with Conor Johnson, Carter, Luis Acosta and Kucera in the 4×800 with a first-place 8:01.23.

“It was a decent day out, a little cold but still manageable and good for running,” Carter said. “We’ve been doing what we can. In the 400, we’ve been running with each other for three years now. We’re still working on things and getting in shape, but it’s going to be good.”

The field events also featured plenty of black-and-white honors, namely the pole vault that saw KHS sweep the top two spots, with Kory Harner and Dylan Kuipers hitting 12 feet, nine inches.

A similar situation arose in the long jump event, with Barnes (21-1.75) and Tanner Andrews (20-10) nabbing the top two spots.

Barnes enjoys the opportunity to see major field time in his sophomore campaign, and felt good about the team’s fortunes for Saturday and beyond.

“It’s like our whole team is PR’ing. Everyone thinks this is the best weather we’ve had, and I feel like I jumped pretty good in this weather. I can go farther if it’s a lot nicer,” Barnes said.

KHS teammate Dalvell Triplett took second overall in the triple jump with a mark of 42-6.25 for second place.

In the shot put, asset Nate Dyer was second at 51-3, and in the discus at 143.

Kaneland boys track was set to compete in a makeup day at Marmion Academy on Wednesday, and head to the Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, April 26, before heading to Yorkville along with Morris on Tuesday, April 30.

Boys track take 2nd in Ottawa

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OTTAWA—It was easy as ABC for Kaneland boys track on Saturday during the Ottawa ABC Invite.

Hosted by conference outlet Ottawa, the Knights tackled the challenge of the meet staggered by flights and came away with second place.

The Knights’ 182 point total was second to Metamora’s 182 and ahead of Bolingbrook’s 127 in the 15-team gathering.

The field events had a sizable KHS presence, with Alex Snyder taking second in the “C” shot put at 42-05. The “C” pole vault was captured by Kory Harner, who’s effort of 12-06 was good for first, while teammate JR Vest took the “B” group at 12-06, as well. Dylan Kuipers completed the Knight sweep of the vault with a 13 foot win.

The high jump showcased KHS talent, with Tanner Andrews earning a 5-10 in high jump “B,” good for second place. Long jump action saw Kaneland’s Dalvell Triplett jump an 18-2.5 in the “C” long jump.

On the track side, Knight Brock Robertson’s 43.30 time was good for first in the 300m hurdles “B” event.

Kaneland’s Kyle Carter made his distance work pay off with a first place in the “B” 1600m run (4:38.24).

In the 4x400m relay event, the KHS foursome of Brandon Bishop, Nathaniel Kucera, Carter and Dylan Nauert took first with an effort of 3:30.12, beating Oswego East by 3.48 seconds.

Ahead for the Knights is the usual late-April staple Peterson Prep housed in Maple Park on Saturday, April 20.

East Moline momentum

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First-ever win at traditional outdoor opener for boys track
By Mike Slodki
Kaneland—For the talent pool near the Quad Cities, to take the unofficial opener of the 2013 outdoor season is a big deal for the Knights track roster.

The 12-team gathering saw Kaneland score 260 team points on Saturday in the UTHS Boys Kiwanis Invitational, hosted by East Moline United.

The hosts were second overall with a total of 220.5, and Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Geneseo was third overall with 204 points.

Rock Island (184), Iowa’s Pleasant Valley (169) and T.F. South (135) rounded out the top half of the standings. Sterling, with 88 points, took ninth.

The meet was structured in flights of “A,” “B” and “C,” and had Kaneland running to daylight in plenty of events.

John Meisinger’s 3200 meter run “B” resulted in a second-place effort (10:41.54), while the “B” 4x800m relay team for Kaneland took second with a time of 8:59.28.

Kaneland’s 4x100m “B” team won the event with a time of 45.83 seconds, while the “A” foursome of Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier, Dylan Nauert and Ben Barnes won its challenge with a time of 43.85.

Nauert struck again in the “A” 110m hurdles event that saw him nab second with a time of 16:07, while Stephen McCracken of Kaneland managed a second in the “C” running of the 800m run (2:09.41).

In the 800m run “A” battle, reliable Knight Conor Johnson won the event with a time of 2:02.58, while the 4x200m relay “B” crew took first with a time of 1:38.83.

Kaneland’s 4x200m relay group of Bishop, Barnes, Dylan Pennington and Cottier took second in the “A” group with a time of 1:32.67.

Knight speedster Kyle Carter worked through the 400m dash “B” flight for a win in 51.28, while “A” counterpart Nathaniel Kucera won his race with a time of 51.05.

Kaneland made more of a hurdle presence in the 300m hurdles “B,” thanks to Brock Robertson’s second at 42.71 and Nauert’s “A” first-place at 40.68.

The field events saw a nice dose of Kaneland power, especially in the shot put, with “B” champ Shane Jorgensen’s 47 feet, 7.5 inches, and “A” king Nate Dyer’s 52-04.

The pole vault saw “C” glory thanks to JR Vest’s first (12-06), Kory Harner’s second in “B” (11-06) and Dylan Kuipers’ “A” reign (13 feet).

Considering the opposing talent level and the mix of experienced and new, KHS coach Eric Baron feels it was a job well done out west.

“They did fine, they had lots of excitement about this first meet,” Baron said. “They really performed well. It was the first time we won this meet and that is saying a lot considering the legendary track programs we competed against.”

Kaneland also had a dual meet at Sycamore on Tuesday and dominated Sycamore and Hiawatha. Kaneland tallied 111 points, well out in front of Sycamore’s 34 and Hiawatha’s 1.

The Knight crew heads to the Ottawa Invitational set for Saturday, April 13.

Boys track shows good timing

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Illinois Prep Top Times sees KHS 10th overall
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—There’s something to be said for making the best of your surroundings.

With weather being less than cooperative and the boys track team getting antsy, the Knights ventured to the Illinois Top Times Indoor Track Championship, housed by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

The final send-off before the outdoor campaign begins in earnest had the Kaneland outfit take 10th overall with a total of 15 team points and tied with Lakes High School of Lake Villa, Ill.

It was downstate Cahokia with a runaway 95 points, followed by Bloomington’s 54 and Chicago’s North Lawndale Charter’s 33 that rounded out the top three.

Fellow Northern Illinois Big XII school Sycamore finished in a three-way logjam for seventh with 16 points.

The KHS 4×400 meter relay foursome finished in second place with a time of three minutes, 29.75 seconds, 2.59 second behind Cahokia, and the 4x800m relay team took fourth overall at 8:18.72.

In the high jump, Kaneland’s Marshall Farthing tied for ninth with a six-foot effort.

Capping off the noteworthy totals for the Knights’ unit was Nate Dyer, who finished seventh overall with a shot put try of 51-07.

KHS coach Eric Baron is now quickly putting the excursion to Bloomington in the rearview mirror in order to concentrate on the outdoor destinations.

“Our performances were OK,” Baron said. “Dyer stood out with a new personal best, (and) Kyle Carter ran two nice legs in both relays for us.”

Kaneland’s outdoor journey begins at the East Moline United Invitational on Saturday, April 6.

Sterling is gold for KHS boys

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Knights rule NIB-12 indoor track at Sterling
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—The Kaneland’s boys track squad amassed 107 points by the end of Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big XII Indoor conference meet housed by Sterling High School’s Westwood track.

The remaining field would have to be competing a fairly long time to match that total.

Geneseo’s 67, DeKalb’s 62 and Yorkville’s 55 rounded out the top four. Sycamore (52), Dixon (44), LaSalle-Peru (23), Ottawa (22), Sterling (17) and Rochelle (16).

The field event accolades began with senior stalwart Marshall Farthing, who took third at six feet, three inches. Teammate Dylan Kuipers’ 12-09 effort in the pole vault was good for third.

The long jump was accented by KHS duo Tanner Andrews in third at 20-07, and Ben Barnes in fourth at 20-05.5.

The triple jump featured Knight Andrews in second at 41-02.25 and teammate Dalvell Triplett in fourth at 40-08.25.

Junior Nate Dyer’s 49-06 in the shot put was good for second place to round out the field festivities.

Kaneland’s winning edge increased thanks to personnel like Brandon Bishop, who’s second-place time in the 60 meter dash came as a result of of a 7.15 second time.

Knight Dylan Nauert’s 8.78 in his 60m hurdles event took first, while the Kaneland 4x200m relay effort of 1:37.25 was third overall.

The 800m run had two noteworthy finishes thanks to Kyle Carter’s second (2:03.65) and Luis Acosta’s fourth (2:06.53).

Nathaniel Kucera of Kaneland conquered the 400m dash field at 52.99.

Topping the afternoon was the KHS 4x400m relay squad’s first place time of 3:33.80.

“We scored well and placed in many events but didn’t get very many personal best,” KHS coach Eric Baron said. “We are struggling with the weather this spring, and our lack of adequate indoor facilities is starting to show in our performances. We are getting many injuries due to the training surfaces we have to use in the hallways and gym floors, as opposed to rubberized field house tracks. I am hoping that weather breaks soon.”

The outdoor campaign’s is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 6, at the East Moline United Invite.

Weather delays season start

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Kaneland—The cold and lingering snow forced Kaneland to cancel all outdoor sporting events through at least Saturday, March 23.

Officials made the decision due to a combination of predicted cold temperatures that would make some of the sports unsafe to play outdoors, as well as poor field conditions with the remaining snow on the ground.

According to Kaneland Athletics Department Secretary Linda Kelley, revised practice schedules and specific locations will be determined by each sport’s coaching staff. She said that schools will try to reschedule conference games as soon as possible, while non-conference games may end up being cancelled outright.

As of press time, KHS sports schedules will return to normal on Monday, March 25.

Immense size, talent | 2013 Spring Sports Preview

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Photo: Kaneland’s Nate Dyer throws the discus a conference-best 148 feet, 9 inches, at the NIB-12 Conference track meet last season at DeKalb High School. File Photo

Largest team in school history gears up for ’13
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland High School boys track head coach Eric Baron has more reasons than ever before to feel good about his team’s prospects for the coming season.

Despite the loss of key personnel like Sean Carter, Clayton Brundige and Nate Rehkopf, the Knights return by and large an immensely talented group with State experience.

That gets Baron eager to get things going, despite the snow-covered outdoors.

“For the indoor meets, we’ve been running mostly freshmen and sophomores, and the group of freshmen that we have just amaze me,” Baron said. “They are just so talented. I have a great group of juniors and seniors, but I have a group of freshmen that might be more talented than they were. The phrase is ‘reloading,’ but I don’t think we’re reloading anymore.”

Kaneland finished second in the Northern Illinois Big XII swing of things a year ago, and took its fourth straight sectional crown before sending 11 athletes to the big dance in Charleston, Ill. Five finalists achieved All-State honors and will serve an important role in 2013.

Members of the all-State 4×200 relay squad of senior Dylan Pennington, junior Brandon Bishop and senior Brandon Cottier provide a boost, with junior Dylan Nauert taking on relay duties and hurdle responsibilities.

“Cottier and the other sprinters have gotten the job done and have State medals. Bishop has come out of the gate, as well. Dylan and those two have the relays looking very solid,” Baron said.

Distance qualifiers from a year ago include senior Conor Johnson, junior Nathaniel Kucera and junior Kyle Carter, who set a school record in State prelims.

Kory Harner returns in the vault category after qualifying the last two years.

Nate Dyer returns with national experience, besides a Charleston trip, while Cottier also lent speed to the sprint categories.

“Last year, all three relays medaled, Dylan Nauert medaled, Nate Dyer didn’t, but he was a sophomore and what he’s been doing is unheard of, so I don’t worry about him,” Baron said.

Distance personnel also used to State competition include Luis Acosta in the junior class.

Ben Barnes and Isaac Swithers could see major event time on the sophomore level, while Baron pointed out Brandon Cruz as someone who could make an impact on the freshman class.

Field events look to be a certain strength in 2013.

“We have a very talented group of throwers, and more than we’ve ever had. I think that’s going to continue. Dyer is the workhorse of the group in the shot and disc, and could be knocking on the door of school records when it’s all said and done,” Baron said.

Baron also mentioned junior Shane Jorgensen as having stepped up big a year ago.

“We tied for first at Kane County because Shane had a huge night,” Baron said. “Jaumareo Phillips has had a huge offseason and has been throwing consistently, and Alex Snyder has been throwing well.”

Senior Marshall Farthing returns in the high jump and triple jump, while senior Tanner Andrews lends his jumping expertise to the Knight contingent, with junior Dalvell Triplett triple jumping in 2013, as well.

Kaneland plans on using its massive roster to its advantage.

“This gives us a lot of flexibility. If we have an injury, we’re not going to miss a bit. Injuries can be very devastating to a team, and I don’t see that being an issue. We’re just so deep,” Baron said.

The first outdoor meet for KHS is the East Moline U-High ABC meet scheduled for Saturday, April 6, while the Peterson Prep is housed by Kaneland on Saturday, April 20. The Kane County Meet is set for Friday, May 3, at Burlington Central, and the Northern Illinois Big XII meet is the following Friday at Dixon High School.

KHS Boys Track Roster

Luis Acosta 11
Brian Anderson 9
Tanner Andrews 12
BenBarnes 10
Alex Baumgartner 12
Brandon Bishop 11
Ryan Bower 11
Sam Bower 11
Kyle Carter 11
Julian Cook 9
Brandon Cottier 12
Brandon Cruz 9
Phil Cutsinger 11
John Delach 9
Andy Delgado 9
Mark Dhom 9
Nate Dyer 11
Dan Evers 11
Marshall Farthing 12
Drew Franklin 9
Alex Gil 12
Mike Gorenz 11
Mitchell Groen 9
Kory Harner 12
Cole Hookham 9
Brandon Huber 12
Conor Johnson 12
Shane Jorgensen 11
Brian Kemp 9
Brad Kigyos 12
Brandon Kigyos 10
Austin Kintz 9
Gary Koehring 11
Nathaniel Kucera 11
Will Kuipers 9
Dylan Kuipers 11
Joe Kuipers 12
Tyler Kurzrock 9
Andrew Lesak 10
Matt Lyons 10
Jay Markuson 12
Jared Matthys 9
Stephen McCracken 12
John Meisenger 12
Nick Messina 12
Brayden Miller 12
Dylan Nauret 11
Mitchell Nelson 10
Kyle Osborne 9
Brandon Park 10
Freddy Paulina 9
Ryan Paulson 12
Connor Pennington 10
Dylan Pennington 12
Connor Peterson 9
Jaumaureo Phillips 11
Triston Powell 9
Giovanni Regalado 9
Mitchell Reger 10
Mike Rinella 9
Tanner Robertson 9
Brock Robertson 11
Jacob Robitske 10
Jakob Rodriguez 9
Matt Rodway 12
Zach Selmer 12
Tyler Slamans 11
Haven Smith 10
Alex Snyder 11
Sean Spaetzel 9
Felipe Speraggi 9
Gus Stott 12
Logan Strang 9
Isaac Swithers 10
Zach Thielk 10
Jackson Thomas 11
Dalvell Triplett 11
JR Vest 11
James Walker 10
Ryan Weber 9
Seth Weiss 12
Spencer White 9
Chris Wido 12
Zack Wielgos 11
Sam Wolf 9
Nicholas Wolski 9
Nathaniel Zitko 11

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With area’s help, local athlete Dyer can head Down Under
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland junior Nate Dyer has had quite the list of athletic accomplishments.

Currently, he can be seen on the gridiron pounding out necessary yards in short-yardage situations.

In the spring, he can be seen chucking in the shot put in the area and at State.

But the summer of 2013 could see an amazing and unique opportunity for the already-accomplished athlete, with your help.

Dyer and his family, in cooperation with American Legion Post 312 in Maple Park, hosted an “All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner” fundraiser on Saturday to help raise funds for a potential trip to Australia, organized by Down Under Sports for an international track competition.

“I got a letter about it in August, and I’d like to go. My brother (Brock) did track, and I started doing it in eighth grade and realized I was pretty good,” Dyer said.

For the competition happening July 5-7, 2013, funds are due June 3, according to Penny Dyer. The cost of the trip runs $5,200.

According to Penny, the Australian outfit researched the IHSA’s track elite to invite track athletes, with just 300 athletes chosen nationwide.

Dyer, who states his goal is to one day compete in a future Summer Olympiad, is eager to hit the Southern Hemisphere location.

“It’s a four-hour flight to L.A. and about 14 hours from there, but I’d like to go and it’d be fun,” Nate said.

Dyer was the only sophomore in the state to qualify for both the shot put and discus events and was an all-Northern Illinois Big XII Conference selection, as well.

“We’ve got some other ideas out there for fundraisers, and we’ve been talking with Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb to possibly host something, and Down Under Sports has T-shirts available to sell,” Penny said. “It’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti with good dessert.”

To support Dyer and his goal of competing Down Under, contact Penny Dyer at (630) 742-6388. All the effort could go a long way for the junior that has already competed nationwide.

“He wants to go, definitely,” Penny said. “We’ll have some of his medals there and people can see what he’s done. We can get him there and help him experience it.”

Fundraiser set to help send Dyer to Australian track-and-field meet

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Maple Park—Kaneland High School student-athlete Nathan Dyer was selected by “Down Under Sports” to represent the state of Illinois and compete in a track-and-field competition next June in Australia.

To help raise funds for his trip, there will be an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post No. 312, 203 Main St., Maple Park. Tickets cost $7 at the door.

For information, call Penny Dyer at (630) 742-6388.

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