Philip Swanson of the Knights.
Philip Swanson of the Knights.
"Erica Earley took the lead after the mile mark and never let go, finishing first in 18:04," said Kignsland cross-country coach Amber Uhlenhake after the meet at Stewartville Tuesday. Earley is just an eighth grader and is showing great improvement each meet.

Also running for the Kingsland girls varsity team were Melinda Woods (26th, 22:40) and Jamie Thompson (35th, 24:32). Uhlenhake described the conditions as hot and windy and the course as hilly. The coach was pretty impressed that the girls ran as well as they did, considering all the adversities. No team score for Kingsland in the girls meet with only three runners in the varsity meet, which requires four for a team.

Jocelyn Voeltz won the junior high meet (1.5 miles) in 11:47. Audrey Farlinger ran the junior high course in 15:26. Logan O'Connell placed sixth in the male division in 11:45.

In the boys varsity, Richard Swanson continued his impressive "run," finishing second in 17:52. Ryan Swanson (7th, 19:21) and Clayton Freimuth (10th, 19:53) also finished in the top 10, helping the boys to a third place finish with 73 points; Byron (40) won the meet, with Kasson-Mantorville (46) coming in second. The Knights finished ahead of Hayfield (83) and Stewartville (114).

Also running the 5,000 meters were Tyler Kaster (22:37), Dane Gillespie (22:58), Zachary Buchholtz (23:55) and Tom Mettler (26:50). Running in the JV race, still 5K, were Adam Buckholtz (27:47) and Filip Swanson (29:00).

"It was definitely not a night to PR," said Uhlenhake, "but the kids held their own, given the conditions. We had an excellent break-through race for Tyler Kaster, and impressive showings in our junior high."

Thursday the team will travel to Pine Island.