The Kingsland junior high track team closed out a successful spring with an impressive showing in the Three Rivers Junior High Championships two Saturdays ago.

At the ninth grade level, Marina Schwanke earned a second place finish in the 100-meter dash and a third place finish in the 200-meter dash. The freshman finished the 100-meter dash in 14.46 seconds and the 200-meter in 31.19. Schwanke also took third in the long jump, leaping 12'5 1/2", and fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 27'7". Freshman distance runner Erica Earley took third place in the 1600-meter run, finishing with a time of 6:36.86.

The Knights also had several boys compete at the ninth grade level. Chester Barr earned a seventh place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 17.23. He also placed eighth in the 200-meter dash, completing the race in 36.33 seconds. Also competing in the 200-meter was Brayden Oeltjen, who finished with a time of 32 seconds. Oeltjen participated in the 400-meter dash as well, finishing with a time of 1:15.38. The only other boy to compete in the conference meet was Zachary Buchholtz who ran the 1600-meter. He finished the mile race with a time of 5:58.74, which was good enough for a ninth place finish.

At the eighth grade level, Nicole Lee was the only participant for the Knights. Her best finish was in the discus, placing second with a throw of 63'2". She also place fifth in the long jump with a leap measured at 11'6 ½". Lee participated in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well. She placed 11th in the 100-meter with a time of 15.95 seconds and 10th in the 200-meter with a time of 35.28.

The trio of Lauren Buchholtz, Jasmin Atwood, Renee Lechner stole the show at the seventh grade level, combining for six first place finishes and finishing second as a team. Buchholtz, who has placed in several varsity meets this spring, earned four of those first place finishes. She won the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, and the long jump. She completed the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes with times of 29.14 and 1:05.52, respectively. In the 800-meter she finished with a time of 2:45.66. Her winning leap in the long jump was measured at 14'1", which was 10 inches ahead of the field. Atwood's first place finish came in the shot put, as her throw of 24'10" was good enough to win the event. She also placed seventh in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter with times of 15.31 and 31.37, respectively. Lechner earned her first place finish in the discus throw. Her toss of 60'5" was over 16 feet farther than the second place finisher.

The varsity conference meet was held last weekend, although results weren't available, and subsection competition will begin next week as the season winds down.