Erik Peterson runs strong for the Burros in his first meet at Kingsland.
Erik Peterson runs strong for the Burros in his first meet at Kingsland.
Twelve teams consisting of nearly 200 runners gathered at the Root River Country Club on Sept. 25, including nine cross-country entrants from Lanesboro.

In the 4K varsity girls' race, junior Emily Mantor of United South Central broke the tape in 14:47 for the win, considerably ahead of the rest of the field. She was followed by Kayla Woltz of Chatfield who crossed in 15:22 and Hannah Goemann of USC at 15:47. In team competition La Crescent's Lancers took top honors, with the USC Rebels second. The Bulldogs of Plainview-Elgin -Millville took third.

The Burros had three entrants in the 4K, placing them in the "incomplete" category for team honors. Junior Heather Boyum finished in 19:18, good enough for 44th place. She was followed by seniors Kirsten Ruen (who finished in 19:39) and Johanna Bearson (19:40).

In the boys' varsity 5K, sophomore Richard Swanson of Kingsland delighted home field fans with a first-place finish. Swanson crossed in 16:55, 41 seconds ahead of Brandon Franta of La Crescent. P-E-M's Peter Huber took third individually, while helping his team to a first place finish. Saint Charles took second in the team competition, with La Crescent snagging third.

Lanesboro senior Erik Peterson placed well up in the pack with a 12th place finish, crossing the line in 18:28. It was his first cross-country meet of 2012. Freshman Nate Eversole finished in 19:36. Sophomore Travis Troendle crossed the line in 19:45, while classmate Matthew Kiehne finished in 22:24. With four runners, LHS remained one entrant short of a team score.

The Burros also had two runners in the boys' junior high 2500M. Eighth-grader Ben Gjere finished 18th with a time of 10:46, while seventh-grader Aaron Eversole finished in 10:52.