Kingsland's Erica Earley makes a turn on the course at Hayfield.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland's Erica Earley makes a turn on the course at Hayfield. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
"It was hot, but we had a couple good surprises out of the mix," said coach Amber Uhlenhake about a cross-country meet with Hayfield last Tuesday, Sept. 5.

"Zach Buchholtz came through with an amazing race, already cutting about two minutes off his time from a year ago at this point in the season," said the coach. "We also had some strong races out of Andrea (Mettler) and Marina (Schwanke), who really stepped up and gave us some good potential for forming a complete varsity girls team this season. We still are most definitely young and learning to race, but as we continue to work out the 'kinks' in the upcoming weeks, we should have a nice team in the mix by the end of the season."

The boys varsity, which ran a 5000-meter course, took ninth out of 10 teams. Individual results with place and times: Zachary Buchholtz (41, 20:22.5), Hunter Meisner (46, 20:39.7), Dane Gillespie (49, 20:45.0), Adam Buchholtz (69, 23:16.7) and Thomas Mettler (70, 24:00.1). Boys JV, team result incomplete for the 5000-meter course. Individuals: Scott Lechner (53, 26:23.3), James Hayes-Hall (66, 30:21.6). Boys junior high, 2400-meters, team incomplete. Individual: Logan O'Connell (34, 11:25.5).

Erica Earley ran No. 1 for Kingsland, finishing the 4000-meter course in 17:55.5, good for 16th place overall. Melinda Woods had a time of 19:34.2 and finished 47th while Jamie Thompson was 77th with a time of 22:49.2.

Girls JV, team result, incomplete for the 4000-meter course. Individuals: Andrea Mettler (12, 19:55.3), Jocelyn Voeltz (14, 20:12.1) and Marina Schwanke (18, 20:53.9).

Girls junior high results in the 2400-meter route: Renee Lechner (26, 12:29.4), Audrey Farlinger (31, 12:40.7) and Kendall Drury-DeBoer (32, 12:41.5).

After going to Dover-Eyota Tuesday, the team will compete in the large Mayo Invitational on Thursday in Rochester.