Review the 1997 Kaneland Boys Track Season

Head coach: Ralph Drendel

Last year: Won Suburban Prairie Conference White division; first at Class A sectional meet; third at Kane County Meet.

Key Returners: Senior Marty Keifer, fifth in state in pole vault; senior Joe Reynolds, distances; senior Ray Pulford, distances; senior Tim Eikhoff, distances; senior Jeremiah Milliman, distances; junior Kyle Schrader, sprints/relays; junior Shaun Kramer, sprints/relays; junior P.J. Fleck, state qualifier in three events last season, jumps/hurdles; sophomore Bill McKeown, sprints; junior Eric Delaney, sprints.

Key newcomers: Senior Ryan West, weights; senior Rusty Pozen, weights; senior Adam Wallace, weights; junior Kurt Long, pole vault.

Outlook: With good athletes, solid depth, and outstanding senior leadership, the Knights appear ready to turn in another stellar track and field season. The Knights, indeed, are well fortified in several areas. Four seniors off the cross country team that placed fifth in the state lead the distance events, led by all-state runner Ray Pulford. Senior Marty Keifer is the top returning pole vaulter in the state, and junior P.J. Fleck should again be strong in the jumps and hurdles. Sprints should be solid as well, with Juniors Schrader and Kramer leading the way, while the weight events will be staffed by a trio of seniors, all of whom played on the state championship football squad.

Coming off a state football championship and a fifth place cross country finish, the Knights are looking to continue their athletic success on the track this spring.

Buoyed by their cross country success, the Knights are well-stocked in distance events, led by all-state senior Ray Pulford. In addition, seniors Joe Reynolds, Tim Eikhoff and Jeremiah Milliman provide experience and depth.

The Knights also have speed to burn in the sprint events. Junior P.J. Fleck qualified for state in three events last season, and he'll be joined by fellow speedsters Kyle Schrader, Shaun Kramer, Eric Delaney-all juniors-and sophomore Bill McKeown.

The addition of seniors Ryan West, Rusty Pozen and Adam Wallace will provide a tremendous boost in the weight events. Senior pole vaulter Marty Keifer placed fifth in the state last spring and is the top returnee in the state.

Last year's conference and sectional champions placed the Knights among the top 25 teams in the Class A state meet, and sent 10 of its members downstate in individual events. This year's team lost only two members of last year's squad, and looks to e just as impressive.

"We have a lot of depth. We're pretty well covered in all 18 events," commented Head Coach Ralph Drendel. "We have good team speed, and with the distance kids there, we're pretty well covered."

"We're going to do some damage in the distance races," Drendel said.

The Knights also have one of the top pole vaulters in the state is senior Marty Keifer. He vaulted 14 feet last week in practice, and is one of the top two pole vaulters in either single or double A.

With the experience gained from the state meet last year, this year's squad will not suffer from intimidation or nerves. "Experience. You can't beat it. Any team in sports is led by the seniors, and that comes with experience...they know what it's like to be there, and they won't be in awe," Drendel said.

Experience, speed, stamina, expertise in the field events, Kaneland has all the components of a great track team and a great track season. "We are going to try to qualify as many as we can for downstate," says Assistant Coach Joe Thorgesen.

Yorkville Meet

Kaneland boys beat Yorkville 121 to 25.

Day Date Contest Time Location H/A
Sat 3/14/98 Byron Invitational 1:00 Byron A
Tues 4/7/98 Oregon 4:30 Maple Park H
Sat 4/11/98 Stagg Invitational 1:00 Palos Hts A
Tues 4/14/98 Yorkville 4:30 Yorkville A
Sat 4/18/98 Knight Relays 12:00 Maple Park H
Tues 4/21/98 Evergreen Pk & Morris 4:30 Evergreen A
Sat 4/25/98 Peterson Prep 11:00 Maple Park H
Tues 4/28/98 Westmont & Lemont 4:30 Westmont A
Fri 5/1/98 McHenry Relays 3:30 McHenry A
Tues 5/5/98 Elmwood Pk & Ridgewood 4:30 Maple Park H
Fri 5/8/98 Kane County Meet 5:00 Batavia A
Tues 5/19/98 Hinckley Big Rock 4:30 Maple Park H
Fri 5/22/98 IHSA Sectional Meet TBA TBA TBA
Mon 5/18/98 Wheaton North Soph 5:00 Wheaton A
Tues 5/26/98 Frosh Invitational 4:30 Maple Park H
Fri 5/29/98 IHSA State Meet TBA Charleston A
Fri 5/15/98 SPC Conference Meet 5:00 Maple Park H


Byron Invitational

Kaneland finished third out of 12 schools at the indoor Byron indoor Invitational to kick of the boys track season. Marty Keifer started the year off strong for the Knights as he walked away with a first place in pole vault after flying 14-feet over the bar. Kurt Long finished fourth with a jump of 12' 6".

Bill Mckeown finished third in the long jump at 19' 9" and first in the 200 Meter dash with a 23.8. Ray Pulford finished fourth in the mile run with 4:57.

The Kaneland 1600-meter relay team of Shaun Kramer, Will Schmidt, Tim Eickhoff and Joe Reynolds finished second with 3:46.19. And the 800 meter relay team of Shaun Kramer, Will Schmidt, Bill McKeown and Scott Peterson won the race with a 1:41.02

Oregon Meet

The Kaneland boys track team pulled in eight unofficial first-place finishes before rain showers gave way to lightning, canceling the last two events.

Shining brightest Tuesday was the Kaneland 100-meter relay team of Bill McKeown, Luke Peterson, Shaun Kramer and Eric Delaney. The foursome made a clean break for first place with a time of 45.9 to Oregon's 48.5.

Taking first-place twice was P.J. Fleck with a high hurdle time of 15.4 to Oregon's 16.5, and a 41.6 time in the intermediate hurdles that easily outpaced Oregon's 44.1 try.

Marty Keifer also gave Kaneland two first-place finishes with a pole vault jump six inches higher than his competition at 12-feet-6 and a high jump mark of 6-feet-4. The next closest was Oregon's 5-feet-10 jump.

Will Schmidt took first-place in the triple jump at 36-feet, 10 1/2 inches: McKeown took it in the 100-meter run with an 11.1 time: and Kramer with a 54.5 time in the 400-meter run, squeezing past his opponent by 4/10th of a second.

Stagg Invitational

1. Romeoville 93
2. Rich South 79
3. Kaneland 74
4. Bolingbrook 67
5. Joliet 61
6. Stagg 54
7. Geneva 45 1/2
8. Marian Catholic 31 1/2
9. Kennedy 20
10. East Aurora 11
10. Thornton 11
12. Farragut 8
13. Foreman 3

Kaneland Finishers

1st Place Pole Vault 14' Marty Keifer

2nd Place Pole Vault 13' 9'' Kurt Long

3200 Relay 8:22.5 Joe Reynolds, Tim Eickhoff, Ray Pulford, Jeremiah Milliman

1600 Relay 3:33.5 Joe Reynolds, P.J. Fleck, Shaun Kramer, Will Schmidt

800 Relay 1:35.0 Shaun Fuller, Shaun Kramer, Eric Delaney, Bill McKeown

300 Int. Hurdles 40.6 P.J. Fleck

3rd Place 110 High Hurdles 15.6 P.J. Fleck

High Jump 6' Marty Keifer

4th Place 400 Relay 44.4 Shaun Kramer, P.J. Fleck, Eric Delaney, Bill McKeown

100 Meter 11.2 Bill McKeown

5th Place 200 Meter 23.0 Bill McKeown

1600 Meter 4:42.9 Jeremiah Milliman

Yorkville Meet

Kaneland's track and field teams overwhelmed Yorkville at Yorkville as the boys swamped the Foxes 121-25. The boys captured first-place in 15 of the 18 events, with Jeremiah Milliman taking first in three events and Marty Keifer leading the field in two.

Kaneland Boys Individual Winning Results

Shot Put-38'8''-Pozen-1st, 38' 7 1/4''-Thomas-2nd, 37' 2 1/2''-Wallace-3rd
4X800-8:50.3-Dieckman, Overhaug, Hutton, Zielinski -1st
4X100-45.8- Kramer, Delaney, Schrader, McKeown -1st
3200-10:26.6-Milliman-1st, 10:31.0-Pulford-2nd
110 Hudles-15.87-Fleck-1st, 18.45-Tegtmeier-2nd
LJ-18'3''-Milliman-1st, 17'9''-Miller-2nd, 17'3''-Self-3rd
100-11.73-Kramer-1st, Delaney-12.2-2nd
PV-13'6''-Keifer-1st, 13'6''-Long-2nd
4X200-1:37.94- Schmidt, Fuller, Schrader, Delaney-1st
400-52.79-McKeown-1st, 53.53-Kramer-2nd
300 H-44.64-Overhaug-1st, 46.51-Tegtmeier-2nd, 46.66-Self-3rd
1600-4:47.38-Milliman-1st, 4:47.39-Eickhoff-2nd, 4:56.7-Pulford-3rd
200-24.92-Delaney-1st, 25.62-Schrader-2nd
4X400-3:40.3 Schmidt, McKeown, Overhaug, Dieckman-1st

Kaneland Relays

Kaneland Boys Relay 1st Place Finishers

Varsity Sprint Medley-Kramer, Schrader, Delaney, McKeown
Frosh/Soph Distance Medley-Gibbons, Shaw, Pauly, Norris
Class 4 x 400 Relay-McGinnis, Schmidt, Kramer, Reynolds
Frosh/Soph 4 x 200 Meter Relay-Bieritz, Fuller, Proctor, Schrader
Frosh/Soph 4 x 100 Meter Relay-Schmidt, Schultz, Fuller, Schrader
Varsity 4 x 100 Meter Relay-Kramer, Delaney, Schrader, McKeown
Freshmen Sprint Medley-Schrader, Shultz, Fuller, Shaw
Varsity 4 x 400 Meter Relay-Reynolds, Schmidt, Kramer, Fleck Weight Person
4 x 50 Meter Relay-Thomas, Pozen, Snyder
High Jump-Keifer, Miller, Milliman, Lang
Long Jump-Milliman, Self, Miller, Lentz
Triple Jump-Miller, Schmidt, Kainz, Self

Kaneland grad Craig Lyon wins Division 3 high jump title

Kaneland graduate Craig Lyon claimed the national high jump title for Augustana College in the Division 3 Track and Field Championships in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Craig, a sophomore, leaped 6 feet, 11 3/4 inches to claim first place. Lyon was favored to win the event, as he was the only Division 3 jumper to clear seven feet this season.

Lyon was among the top jumpers in the state during his days at Kaneland, but he has worked hard enough to better his personal highs every single year. Lyon suffered an injury last year that now keeps him from playing basketball and concentrating on his track and field ability.

Lyon, who also valedictorian of his class in high school, has jumped as high as seven-foot-three this season. That's about a foot more than his actual height.

Congratulations Craig!


Long Jump - P.J. Fleck (2nd - 20' 4");
Intermediate Hurdles - P.J. Fleck (2nd - 41.2);
Pole Vault - Kurt Long (12' 6") and Marty Kiefer (12' 6");
Triple Jump - P.J. Fleck (2nd - 41' 0.25");
400m Relay - Dan Kenny, Bill McKeown, Kyle Schrader, Paul Aspengren (1st - :44.2);
100m Dash - Bill McKeown (11.2) and Paul Aspengren (11.2);
800m Run - Joe Reynolds (2nd - 2:02.8);
800m Relay - Luke Putzler, Shaun Kramer, Bill McKeown, Paul Aspengren (2nd-1:32.9);
400m Dash - Dan Kenny (2nd - :52.2);
1600m Run - Tim Eickhoff (2nd - 4:36.2); and
1600m Relay - Joe Reynolds, Dan Kenny, Luke Putzler, Shaun Kramer (1st - 3:28.6).

Boys Track Roster  
Player Yr.
Bieritz, Robbie 9
Clark, Chris 9
Clark, Mike 9
Fuller, Shaun 9
Kainz, Kyle 9
Kneller, Kurt 9
Lang, Tom 9
McGinnis, Robert 9
Norris, Henry 9
Oas, Justin 9
Orr, Nick 9
Pauly, Justin 9
Pitstick, Scott 9
Proctor, Chris 9
Rogers, Ben 9
Schrader, Ryan 9
Schultz, Adam 9
Shaw, Wayne 9
Slyford, Bill 9
Smith, Andy 9
Zielinski, Jon 9
Coulter, Jon 10
Gibbons, Connor 10
Griffin, Al 10
McKeown, Bill 10
Neumann, Keith 10
Schmidt, Will 10
Staker, Bryan 10
Andrews, Max 11
Delaney, Eric 11
Fleck, P.J. 11
Hutton, Neil 11
Kramer, Shaun 11
Lentz, Sascha 11
Long, Kurt 11
Murray, J.T. 11
Peterson, Scott 11
Schrader, Kyle 11
Snyder, Keith 11
Szachnit, Paul 11
Tegtmeier, Brian 11
Capello, Adam 12
Dieckman, Jon 12
Eickhoff, Tim 12
Frederick, Tim 12
Keifer, Marty 12
Miller, Josh 12
Milliman,Jeremiah 12
Morris, Jason 12
Overhaug, Reed 12
Peterson, Luke 12
Pozen, Russ 12
Pulford, Ray 12
Reynolds, Joe 12
Royer, Tim 12
Self, Jason 12
Thomas, Ian 12
Wallace, Adam 12
West, Ryan 12
Zielinski, Tim 12

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