A crowd watches Lauren Buchholtz of the Knights in the long jump at RCTC. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/KSPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
A crowd watches Lauren Buchholtz of the Knights in the long jump at RCTC. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/KSPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland track team began their 2014 campaign last Monday, March 31, in the friendly confines of the RCTC Fieldhouse for the Triton Indoor Meet.

Both the boys' and girls' teams are comprised of many athletes who are competing in track and field for the first time in their high school careers. Despite their relative inexperience, coach Amber Uhlenhake was impressed with her teams' efforts, saying, "The athletes did an excellent job preparing for their events, competing to the best of their abilities, and learning the flow of a track meet."

The girls' team got off to a quick start as Lacey Schwartz finished second in the 55-meter dash with a time of eight seconds flat, earning her team an early eight points. Also placing among the top half of the participants in the 55-meter dash was Marina Schwanke, who placed 12th out of 37 runners with a time of 8.7 seconds. In the 1600-meter run, Kingsland runner Lauren Buchholtz placed eighth with a time of 6:32.82, with only five seconds separating her and the fifth place finisher.

On the boys' side of the meet, Josh Bradley got the Knights off to a solid start with an impressive showing in the 55-meter dash, finishing with a time of 7.40 seconds, which was only 0.02 seconds shy of seventh place and just 0.15 seconds out from second place. Sophomore Cody Krahn was one of only four participants in the difficult 400-meter dash to turn in a sub-minute effort, finishing with a time of 59.56, which was good enough for fourth place. Krahn missed out on finishing first by only 0.75 seconds. The only top three finish from the boys' team came from Hunter Meisner, who finished third in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:17.25.

The Knights track and field teams were scheduled to be back in action this Tuesday as they travel to Chatfield for their first outdoor meet of the year. There, Uhlenhake hopes to try her athletes in some different events in an effort to figure out what they do best.

"A lot of our first half of the season is just having kids get a feel for the sport and finding what they excel at," said Uhlenhake.