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Athlete of the Week

KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Kaneland Track and Field’s Dylan Nauert

Why he was selected: Won the 300 hurdles in 40.8 seconds and also was part of winning 4x400 relay team for Kaneland as the Knights won Friday’s Kane County Boys Track and Field Meet. 

Junior Dylan Nauert is turning in a banner 2012-13 school year for Kaneland, having started off with an excellent fall for the Knights’ football team and now putting the finishing touches on a strong spring with Knights track and field. Nauert, this week’s St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about Friday’s big meet, and more. The following is an edited transcript:

[Kaneland] is smaller than some of the schools you guys see at the county meet. What does it say to go out and win the thing?

It just shows that hard work and dedication and putting in hard work every day will pay off. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have, it matters how many kids you have that want to win.

How would you compare the satisfaction from winning an individual race with winning a relay?

The relays you have the team and it feels good to be able to [celebrate] with them and have them feel the same thing as you. That’s kind of cool, but winning back-to-back for the 300 hurdles was incomparable.

Are you one of those go out for track to help prepare for football guys or would you go out for track on its own merits?

I just go out for it just because I love to do it.

Do you have a favorite pre-meet snack or meal?

Craisins. I usually eat a bag of Craisins at every track meet.

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