Richard Swanson, Kingsland sophomore, with his trophy for finishing first at the Stewartville Invitational.  Swanson also won the Wabasha-Kellogg meet last week.
Richard Swanson, Kingsland sophomore, with his trophy for finishing first at the Stewartville Invitational. Swanson also won the Wabasha-Kellogg meet last week.
For the second meet in a row, Richard Swanson, Kingsland sophomore, has come out on top in cross-country meets. Most recently, last Tuesday, he won the Stewartville Invitational, in a time of 17:02. A week ago Monday, he won the meet at Wabasha-Kellogg in 17:00. This is Swanson's first year in cross-country and is making "a lot of noise" in his career debut. During the race, Swanson was feeling "down," but said, "I got encouragement from my dad (gotta kick it) and a fellow runner from Byron (keep it up)."

Clayton Freimuth, another sophomore, is also running well for the Knights. Freimuth finished 13th (18:54) at Stewartville and eighth (18:08) at W-K. Senior Richard Swanson had an 11th place finish at Stewartville; no results available for WK.

Other guys running in the varsity meet at Stewartville: sophomore Dane Gillespie (21:46), senior Tyler Kaster (22:14), eighth grader Zach Buchholtz (22:52) and freshman Adam Buchholtz (26:01). Junior varsity runners were Tom Mettler (23:57) and Filip Swanson (28:38). Kingsland had one junior high boy running, Logan O'Connell (7:05, one mile).

In the girls varsity meet at Stewartville, eighth grader Erica Earley had another good run, finishing 14th in a time of 17:23, a personal best for her. At the Wabasha-Kellogg meet, Earley debuted with a fifth place finish, in a time of 17:33. This is Earley's first year out for cross-country, but ran track last spring.

Said Earley, "It didn't go very good out there; I'm really not used to it (running) yet". Not a bad finish for someone who's "not used to it yet!" Also competing for the girls varsity were Melinda Woods (19:26) and Jamie Thompson (NT).

Junior high runners for the girls at Stewartville were Jocelyn Voeltz (7:10) and Audrey Farlinger (8:53). The junior high runners ran one mile.

The girls did not have enough runners to compete as a team. The boys finished fifth at Stewartville and fourth at Wabasha-Kellogg.

"A remarkable debut performance," said co-head coach Amber Uhlenhake. "especially for most of our athletes who had never raced cross-country before. We have a great team, with lots of talent and potential, should they stay healthy and follow the training plan outlined by the new head coaches."