Ashley Lane starts her 400-meter run for the Knights in a meet at Chatfield.  SAM CLEMENS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Ashley Lane starts her 400-meter run for the Knights in a meet at Chatfield. SAM CLEMENS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland High School track and field teams had their first outdoor meet of the year last Tuesday as they traveled to Chatfield for the Chatfield Invitational. The Knights were without a number of athletes due to injury or illness, limiting an already small team. Both the boys' and girls' teams finished in last place out of seven teams at the meet. Despite that, Kingsland had some impressive performances with several athletes setting new personal bests in events.

The girls' team was especially hampered by injuries as only three girls competed in the meet. One of those three competitors was Lacey Schwartz, who managed to earn the team's only two points of the meet with a fourth place finish in the 100 meter dash. Schwartz finished the first event of the meet with a time of 13.99 seconds. Unfortunately, that would be the end of the day for Schwartz, as she injured her ankle and was forced to pull out of the 200 meter dash. Marina Schwanke and Ashley Lane were the other two girls to compete at the meet. Schwanke finished 11th in the 100 meter dash and seventh in the 200 meter dash. Lane also participated in the 200 meter dash, finishing 17th. In the 400 meter dash, Lane took 20th.

The Knight boys' team, also limited by its number of participants available, earned 12 points in the meet. Sprinter Josh Bradley earned four points for his team, finishing fourth in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Bradley's time of 12.75 seconds in the 100 was less than a second away from first place. He also turned in an impressive time in the 400, completing the one-lap race in 1:01.60.

Distance runner Hunter Meisner earned the remainder of the team's points with two third place finishes, one in the 800 meter run and another in the 1600 meter run. Meisner completed the 800 meter with a time of 2:18.43, narrowly missing out on second place. In the 1600 meter, Meisner finished with 5:10.14 and was again just shy of the second place time.

The Kingsland Knights track and field teams will return to action on Tuesday at Stewartville High School, where they look to have more athletes healthy and ready to participate.