With one lap to go in the 15-16 scratch race final at the Junior National Championships in Trexeltown, PA, Kaleb Koch was in fourth place. Seconds later, the 15-year-old out of Glenview, IL, found himself in front of the pack, making his move on the outside to pass the three leaders, but he had someone drafting off his wheel. “I didn’t know that at the time, the kid started coming up on the side of me on turn four, I won it by just a wheel,” he said.
That was the second of three championships Koch won that day. When he took the 500m dead-stop sprint on the third day, he had enough points to win the omnium for his age group, the overall National Championship with four gold medals.
Kaleb started racing four years ago at a local club in Glenview and was noticed two years later by IS Corp, a team based in Milwaukee. His long-term goal is to ride in the Olympics. “It would be really cool, I would love to go to the Olympics in track cycling,” he said.
Kalli Dalton is a familiar name to Illinois high school cross country fans. Dalton, who hails from Hoffman Estates, IL is currently putting her athletic talents to use running cross country for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. But, though she is now seeking cross country glory in a different uniform, the former James B. Conant High School standout has a list of local cross country accomplishes to her name, as well as an impressive academic resume to compliment her athletic achievements.
Her latest accomplishment came in the form of a first-place finish at the 2010 USA Track and Field certified Liberty Loop 5K race in Northbrook, IL on July 3. Her time of 20:22:02 was fast enough to earn her top female honors on a warm July day.
For Dalton, running, and running fast, may be a birthright, a gift of good genes. Her mother, Tracy, was also a gifted runner and member of the University of Wisconsin–Stout track team.