James Hayes-Hall of the Knights makes his way through the course at Pine Island.
James Hayes-Hall of the Knights makes his way through the course at Pine Island.
Eighth grader Erica Earley continues to run well, breaking 17 minutes (16:49.9) in the recently held Pine Island meet. Earley finished 17th in the race, won by Emi Trost (14:45.2), Cannon Falls, ranked fourth in the state.

Turning in season-best times were Melinda Woods (19:21.3) and Jamie Thompson (20:54.6). Jocelyn Voeltz (18th, 11:03.2) and Audrey Farlinger (26th, 12:20.9) ran in the junior high race (2400m). Farlinger cut over three minutes off her season best time and, according to coach Amber Uhlenhake, "she truly went after it!"

On the boys side, sophomore Richard Swanson had a time of 16:53.9, and finished fourth in the race. The race was won by Ian Torchia, Rochester Lourdes. Torchia is ranked fifth in the state. Swanson was ranked 12th in the state in the Sept. 3 poll, and still remains on the honorable mention list as one of the top runners in the state, and surely a contender for the Three Rivers Conference crown and a berth in the state meet.

"We worked on pack running and going out a bit more conservatively," said Uhlenhake, "and it paid off for a couple individuals, namely Dane (Gillespie, 20:23.0), Tyler (Kaster, 21:30.9) and Tom (Mettler, 22:33.3). Adam (Buchholtz, 24:00.7) and Filip (Swanson, 24:10.3) also had tremendous races, taking close to two minutes off their personal best times this season. And Logan (O'Connell, 9:56.5) had a great junior race, going sub-10 in the 1.5 mile race."

Two other Kingsland runners finished in the top 25: Ryan Swanson (15th, 17:59.4) and Clayton Friemuth (24th, 18:27.4). A total of 154 runners from over a dozen schools ran in the varsity race. Also running the 5000 meters were Zachary Buchholtz (22:10.5), Nick Niemeyer (27:11.0) and James Hayes-Hall (27:18.3).

As a team, Kingsland (179) finished seventh, with Faribault (61) winning the team competition. The Knights finished ahead of teams from Pine Island, Cannon Falls, Chatfield, Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson and Stewartville.

Rochester Lourdes won the girls division with 52 points. Kingsland does not have enough varsity runners to compete as a team. Maybe by the end of the season all the Lady Knights will be more comfortable at the varsity level and able to compete as a team at 4000 meters.

This week the Knights have two meets. Tuesday they hosted the Knight Invitational and Saturday they will head out to St. Paul and the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota Golf Course.