WHEATFIELD — On a blustery day at Kankakee Valley Middle School on Thursday, May 10, records fell left and right for the home team as they hosted their annual Track and Field Invite. Six KV Invite records and one overall school record were eclipsed that afternoon.
Eighth grader Taylor Schoonveld, who had tied the girls’ pole vault record of seven feet even earlier this season, easily cleared 7’4” to set a new school and meet record. Four other girls’ meet records fell, as well. They were accomplished by: Elise Kasper in the 400-meter Dash with a time of 1:04.36; Laynie Capellari in the 300-meter Hurdles in 53.46; the 4x400 Relay Team of Kasper, Emilee Wilson, Brooke Swart and Valerie Tyrla in 4:35.43; and, the Kouts 4x800 Relay team of Emily Garavalis, Laurne Koedyker, Taylor Moyer and Tori Robertson who finished in 11:07.08.
On the boys side, KVMS’ 4x800 Relay team of Tommy Jones, Caleb Solomey, Adam Collard and Ben Herz set a new Invite record with a time of 10:04.79.
The KVMS girls easily outdistanced their competition with 167 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Kouts’ 144.5 points. Rounding out the scoring for the girls’ teams were: Rensselaer Central in third with 68.5; Boone Grove in fourth with 45 points; and, Hanover Central in fifth with 24.
The KVMS boys came in second, falling behind a talented Hanover Central team. HC finished on top with 123 points while KV placed with 101 and Kouts showed for third with 75 points. Rensselaer Central was in fourth with 65 and Boone Grove was fifth with 54.