2013 2014 Boys XC~RB's James Kaht done for the season
November 4, 2013Richmond Burton High School
Inside cross country: Richmond-Burton's James Kaht done for season
By jOE STEVENSON – email@example.com
Kaht’s season done: Richmond-Burton senior James Kaht enjoyed a junior year in which he achieved All-State status in cross country and track and field. But Kaht’s cross country season is over after he was diagnosed recently with a fractured heel.
Kaht had run well this season and finished eighth in the Big Northern Conference Meet two weeks ago, but he had been nagged by foot pain. One doctor originally thought was a tendon issue. When Kaht visited another foot specialist, his father Glenn said, an MRI indicated the fracture.
Kaht will be on crutches for four weeks, but his father said he should be ready for the track and field season. Kaht finished second in the Class 2A 1,600 meters last season. (NWHerald 11/2/13)
Woodstock N Regional: RB advanced to sectionals. RB took fifth with 110 points. James Kaht led the Rockets with a 10th place finish in 17:18. Ryan Garrett had a 16th place finish. (NWHerald 10/27/13)
BNC Meet~@ Kingston, RB's James Kaht was eighth @ WalCamp. RB finished third with 107 points. Ben gardner was 15th for the Rockets. (NWHerald 10/20/13)
Pat Harland Invitational~Richmond-Burton was led by James Kaht (17:35.44), who finished 29th. The Rockets took seventh place with 218 points. (NWHerald 10/5/13)
Matt Walter Invite: At Walcamp in Kingston, Richmond-Burton took third with 95 points behind a second-place finish by James Kaht 15:22. (NWHerald 10/2/13)
Grant J. T Taylor Invitational ~ Richmond-Burton was fifth with 170 points and James Kaht led the Rockets in eighth place. (NWHerald 9/29/13)
Richmond-Burton cross country's James Kaht has more left to show
By JOE STEVENSON - firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond-Burton cross country coach Keith Forth longs for James Kaht to really cut loose some time.
Forth appreciates Kaht’s ability, since he did turn in the best year ever for a Rockets distance runner in 2012-13. But Forth believes more is there if Kaht thinks less and just lets go.
“He holds a little back and sometimes is a little too analytical, a little too tactical,” Forth said. “I’d just like to see him go out and be totally exhausted once he crossed the finish line. Just – blah! – leave it all on the course.”
Not that Kaht hasn’t been successful with what he does. Kaht was all-state in cross country and track and field last year, a feat matched only by former Rocket Ian Sanchez (2008-09). Kaht, a senior, now is trying to build on that with another strong year.
Kaht knows what sparked his outstanding junior year.
“All the training I put in over the summer,” said Kaht, who was 14th in Saturday’s Wau-conda Invitational. “I boosted my miles a lot and got my speed workouts and everything. This summer, I did about the same amount of miles, but a lot faster. I feel like I’m ready to go. I still have speed training to do, we have a lot more to go.”
Kaht finished 19th in the boys Class 1A race at last year’s IHSA Cross Country State Meet, running 15:24. He then took second in the Class 2A 1,600 meters at the Boys Track and Field State Meet in 4:21.35, despite running with strep throat.
Kaht trains with his brother, Richard, a senior who runs at Saint Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind., over the summer.
He used to watch Richard and teammates Sanchez, Rocco Mazzanti and Matt Lytle. Richard Kaht was Saint Joseph’s top finisher at the Great Lakes Valley Conference championships last fall.
“We’ll pound out some fast runs,” James said. “We run together in practice, but he could beat me in a race.”
Kaht feels it is advantageous being the fourth of Glenn and Evelyn Kaht’s five children.
Sisters Emily and Elizabeth Kaht pole vaulted and ran at R-B. The older four all qualified for state in some competition, a tradition middle school brother Joey will eventually try to uphold.
Kaht plans to run in college and is looking at NCAA Division I Illinois State or perhaps Michigan State if things go well this year. D-II Northern Michigan also is high on the list.
Although R-B is bumped up from 1A to 2A in cross country, Kaht’s goals for the end of the season remain unchanged: break 15 minutes and finish in the top 10 at state.
Forth sees those as lofty yet achievable.
“He’s on pace for [breaking 15 minutes],” Forth said. “He’s done fine. He doesn’t know how well he can do, though. He hasn’t grasped that concept yet. He’s very calculating and patient. He hasn’t just let it all go.” (NWHerald 9/19/13)
This week's top meets: Wauconda Invitational Saturday, Lakewood Forest Preserve: The Girls varsity race starts @ 10 a.m, with the boys varsity set for 10:40. Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Hampshire, Marian Central, McHenry & RB are the local teams competing. (NWHerald 9/15/13)
Prep boys roundup: R-B XC tops Antioch
The Richmond-Burton cross country team defeated Antioch, 22-33, behind several strong performances.
James Kaht led all runners with a 16:11 on the three-mile course at Richmond while teammates Ryan Garrett (16:27) and Ben Gardner (16:35) finished second and third, respectively. (NWHerald 9/4/13)
Johnsburg and Richmond-Burton had the good fortune of slipping into Class 1A last year and took advantage of the opportunity. Johnsburg qualified for state as a team for the first time; R-B finished fifth as a team, its best ever.
This year, R-B (757) and Johnsburg (766) will be among the six smallest Class 2A schools. The cutoff for Class 1A in cross country is 743.
Johnsburg has most of its young team returning, and R-B, which has won four of the last five Big Northern Conference titles, also has a strong group back. But the road to Peoria’s Detweiller Park, where the state meet is held, just got a whole lot bumpier. (NWHerald 8/31/13)
Boys Cross Country Team Capsule: Richmond-Burton
Coach: Keith Forth (14th season)
Conference finish last year: BNC champion
Top returning runners: James Kaht (sr.), Ryan Garrett (sr.), Ben Gardner (sr.), Greg Arther (sr.)
Top new runners: Chris Williams (fr.)
Worth noting: Kaht was all-state in cross country and in track and field. R-B was fifth in the Class 1A state meet, 19 points from taking third. The Rockets are shooting for their third consecutive BNC title, their fourth in five years.