Welcome to Kaneland Cross Country!

The purpose of this blogsite is to allow full access to the team, practices, history, and future events. Please check back with this blog throughout the summer and fall for new updates on the team. Feel free to share it with friends and family who follow the program!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

KXC World Cup: This Monday Night! Don't Miss Out

Coach Clarey is hosting a KXC World Cup foosball tournament at his home in Batavia on Monday, July 23. All KXC runners and alumni are encouraged to attend.

Where: 1500 Hadley Drive, Batavia
When: 5:15 check in, 6:00 tourney starts, 10:00 night ends "Closing Time"
What: Double Elimination tournament of mixed pairings between alumni and current KXC runners

Note: All are encouraged to bring a dish to pass, snack, chips, or a dessert.
Hotdogs on the grill and beverages will be provided
If you get knocked out of the tourney early, you can swim or play bags
All rides should be prepared to pick up at 10:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Clarey

Summer Sunset Volunteers Needed on Wednesday, July 25th

The opportunity to serve the running community is upon us once again. If any team members would like to meet on Thursday, at Geneva's High School Athletic Field, there is an opportunity to volunteer for helping give direction to the youth and adult runners in races from one mile to 5K.

Please use THIS LINK to register as a volunteer for the event.  A year ago, we had about eight KXC runners volunteering for this race. One of those runners recently earned a college scholarship through the Fox River Trail Runners for $1,000. See! It pays to lend a hand sometimes... We reap so many benefits from our KXC fans, when we run. It's nice to give back to the running community.

We will have a similar role to fulfill in August, when Elburn Days arrives. Stay tuned.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

New This Season: Everyone Brings a Foam Roller...

With the growing awareness of our flexibility deficiencies, we are going to try to have one new piece added to our season's arsenal of equipment which can help our student athletes excel. We are planting the seed now for the idea that each runner brings his own water bottle, training shoes, AND a foam roller for use before and after runs. There are many rollers on the market, which can range from a smooth foam roller from Five Below (you guessed it, $5) to more dense and textured rollers which can be found at fitness stores like Dick's Sporting Goods or even Dick Pond athletics. There are no requirements on what type to get. The smooth rollers work fine for what we are trying to do. The dense and textured rollers simply get more of the small knots our of legs.

We will be doing stretch routines from this VIDEO LINK, among others, in getting full use of the foam rollers. Please be advised that the summer letter will ask for runners to have these this year. They can be stored at school, and brought to practices daily. We have ropes and bands purchased and provided for our athletes, but the foam roller is something our runners could really benefit from routine use, and therefore keeping it as a personal fitness tool is essential.

If you have any questions, please let your coaches know.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Steven W. Chidester Scholarship

Boys, please use the following LINK to reach the questionnaire for the scholarship. It is awarded at the Senior Athletic Awards Night on June 6. If you have questions, please contact Coach Clarey.

Submissions should be received by Wednesday, May 23. Candidates are those seniors graduating from the 2017 cross country team.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Your Letters... Our Book

We’ve had a tradition for about 10 years… and for the fifth time in seven years now, after BOTH teams qualify, the coaches are proud to organize a book for the runners to read and enjoy on their trip down to Peoria.  It contains information about the meet, a puzzle or two, and most importantly, letters from their families, friends, Kaneland alumni, community members and others who felt inclined to share. 

We solicit these letter attachments to email, offering a chance to share advice, thoughts, quotes and inspiration to ALL of the runners on the team.  If you know of anyone who may enjoy the chance to send something along to the TEAM, please have them do so.

·        There will be ONE BOOK with letters to both the girls and boys teams.
Parents:  ALL parents of runners on the State Teams should make a two-fold letterFirst, please address your letter to your athlete.  Let them know how proud you are of them.  Write what is in your heart.  They will likely save this book for years to come.  Second, please add another section dedicated to the team(s).  Advice, thoughts, inspiration or otherwise would be appropriate.

Guidelines:  We will be assembling this book on Thursday.  ALL LETTERS TO THE TEAM MUST BE RECEIVED VIA EMAIL ON THURSDAY at NOONIf you do not make the deadline, there will be no guarantee that your letter will be included in the bound edition.  ALL EMAILED LETTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO:  kanelandxc@gmail.com

Letters should be kept to one page in length, if possible (small font). 
As always, we appreciate the support that our extended Kaneland Community provides us.  If you know of someone who would like to offer something to make this book even more special, please pass along the guidelines and details here.

Thank you for your help in making this special KXC tradition a reality.

Address for emailing letters:   kanelandxc@gmail.com

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Knights JV Opens Regional Course with 11 Career PR's

Coming on strong at the end of the season seems to be the theme for many runners on the ledger today. Introducing themselves to a brand new course, the Knights took it to the competition and earned a final "un-scored" team win for the season in Burlington.

Ethan Walker earned a top finish for the Knights with a 4th place showing overall, and running a :28 career PR. Petrik was next into the chute, just 7 seconds later, also running a new career PR of 17:20 (:31 PR). Dallal crossed just behind at 17:21, :25 into a PR. Seth Nosek was just a few clicks off of his personal record time, when Finn joined him at the yellow finish line with a new PR of 17:37, also completing the pack split at just :24 for potential scoring runners. 

Dalton Klingensmith just outlasted Drew Occhipinti with an equal time of 18:10, which was Dalton’s career best. He surged through the last mile in order to achieve this. Drew caps a terrific first year of running in the program. Aaron Lodwig also  completed his season in great form, running a new career best at 18:16. Abruzzo chipped a few more seconds off his career  best just 7 seconds later. Fitts nabbed a top time as well when he crossed the line at 18:24, while Scotty Dunne blasted a big :31 PR in his final run of the year.

Senior Ben Purcell ran his best time of the season on his final race, finishing just ahead of Orczykowski, who has battled hard all season and led by example.

Huber capped his freshman year with a PR on the last day, racing to a 19:04 PR. Fountain also matched that feat by running his best, 19:28, at Plato Park. Parker Malone gave great chase to the runners of Sycamore and BC, coming across the line next at 19:48. Girolamo ended his senior year with a season PR, and Kyle Konrad fought through cramps putting down a blazing kick to  tie Holder at 20:28. More runners should take note of the courage that Kyle Wells runs with despite the pain an discomfort his own body affords him when the gun goes off. This is another senior, whose example of grit, courage, and intelligence have shown brightly.

Sussland completed this new course in 22:13 after a career day at conference. Matt Konrad was on the cusp of another PR for the year at 22:46. Jablonski was in obvious pain from the first mile, but never gave up, and with great fortitude he completed the day at 25:02.  Brazee was our last Knight into the chute at 25:14, completing a brief but strong freshman campaign.

To our seniors who ran in a high school meet for the very last time, it is with sadness that the season’s schedule has closed. It is also with sincere thanks that your coaches extend to you for the leadership you have provided the entire team along this journey. Some of you came into the program just six months ago, others since the summer of 2014, but all of you have left an indelible mark on our history, and we are better for it.