Travis Troendle, left, and Nathan Eversole take on the hills in Chatfield. Eversole ended up 11th and Troendle 16th in the field of 69.
Travis Troendle, left, and Nathan Eversole take on the hills in Chatfield. Eversole ended up

11th and Troendle 16th in the field of 69.

Lanesboro may not have had the largest contingent at Chosen Valley Golf Course last week, but they made quite an impact nonetheless. Running on a notoriously-hilly course, Burro senior Erik Peterson placed fourth out of 69 competitors in the cross-country varsity event, while Ben Gjere won the junior high race.

Kingsland sophomore Richard Swanson led a field of 69 across the line, winning the 5K varsity race with a time of 17:16. Second went to Christian Bance of Chatfield, at 17:51. Pine Island's Isaiah Rutten took third in 18:08, just 23 seconds ahead of Peterson. Burro freshman Nathan Eversole took 11th place, crossing the finish line in 19:16. Sophomore Travis Troendle was 16th, at 20:09, while classmate Matthew Kiehne finished in 22:17.

Seven teams ran in the 5K, with first-place honors going to the hosting Gophers. Second went to Wabasha-Kellogg. LHS was one runner shy of placing a team score.

Lanesboro coach Ellen Cullen said that Peterson kept up a blistering pace even though he was hurting physically. "He's got a really good competitive drive," she said of her senior, noting that Peterson began competing late this season, so he's still adjusting to the 5K race length. "I think that his time was close to a personal best," she added.

"I thought that Travis and Nate both had great races..." Cullen said. "It was just fun for me to see, since we have been working a lot on the hills this year in training. Travis said later that he had a stomachache throughout, but he didn't let it stop him... All of our kids ran really well on the hills."

"We've been running a half-mile loop with a hill placed near the beginning on some days, nearer the middle on others, and also at the end," Cullen said. Most spectators might think that hitting a downgrade would be welcome near a race's end. Not so, she noted, "Going downhill when you're tired places a painful impact on you."

In the girls' varsity 4K, Chatfield finished 1-2. Senior Kayla Woltz won in 15:25, with sophomore Karen Gomez right behind, finishing in 16:07. Erica Earley of Kingsland took third in 17:04. Burro senior Kirsten Ruen was 29th, finishing in 19:21. Senior Johanna Bearson posted a time of 19:54, while junior Heather Boyum crossed in 20:24, placing all three in the middle of the pack.

A total of 64 runners competed in the 4K, with team bragging rights going to Chatfield. Stewartville took second, followed by Rochester Area Home School.

Two Lanesboro students ran with the best in the junior high two-mile race, which was won by Burro eighth-grader Ben Gjere in 13:15. Seventh-grader Aaron Eversole took fourth out of 20 runners, posting a time of 13:44.

"Ben kind of hung back a little bit at the beginning, just staying with the lead group," Cullen said. "Then all of a sudden he just took off."

LHS is scheduled to compete at the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invitational at Piper Hills Golf Course on Oct. 9, after this issue goes to press. Look for results in next week's Republican-Leader.