Cross Country: Hauser paces Marist
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media September 29, 2012 10:14PM
Kyle Hauser, of Marist, takes 7th place with a time of 16:06.00 for the Lockport Locktoberfest 5K Invitational at Dellwood Park, Saturday, September 29th, 2012 in Lockport, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 1, 2012 6:28AM
In a meet that included nine teams from last year’s Class 3A final, Marist’s Kyle Hauser and Lincoln-Way Central’s Chris Kaminski showed Saturday why it’s their role to lead their squads to the state level.
Racing among 24 teams and 205 runners at the Lockport Invitational, Hauser placed seventh in 16 minutes, 6 seconds and Kaminski was 12th (16:15) over the Dellwood Park course.
Lyons (58) won the team title with five runners in the top 16 while Lincoln-Way Central (165) was seventh, highest among Southland schools. Lockport (267) finished 10th, Shepard (320) 11th and Marist (356) 12th.
“We weren’t really looking to place — we just wanted to run some really good races,’’ Hauser said. “Kyle Haberkorn (54th) ran a fantastic race.’’
“I love this course,’’ Kaminski said. “I enjoy running hills. I like tough courses, it makes you really dig deep. I like this meet in general.’’
Lincoln-Way Central’s top five were Kaminski, Dru Rozewicki (19th, 16:27), Kevin Fabian (41st, 16:51), Joey Nelson (45th, 16:55) and Tommy Kolacki (48th, 16:57).
“Me and our team, I think we did real well today,’’ Kaminski said. “Lockport’s top runner took it out pretty fast the first mile. Our team had a good pack going.’’
Although Central coach John Taylor called running against several of the state’s top programs “getting our butts kicked a little bit,’’ he acknowledged that the good competition helps the Knights improve.
“The team is right where they should be at,’’ Taylor said. “Some of them are even exceeding our expectations. Joey Nelson, it was his first race of the season. He did a fantastic job coming off an ankle injury.’’
Will Giroux (17th, 16:23), Gabe Davalos (38th, 16:49) and J.T. Orban (49th, 16:57) led Lockport.
“We had a loss at our school this week--a kid died in a car accident,’’ Giroux said. “We were trying to run for him today. I went out too fast. We had a lot of adrenaline.’’