Richard Swanson of the Knights is in the lead during the Section 1A cross-country meet. Trailing him at this point is Ian Torchia of Lourdes, who finished first, and Pat Reinschmidt of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, who placed second.
Richard Swanson of the Knights is in the lead during the Section 1A cross-country meet. Trailing him at this point is Ian Torchia of Lourdes, who finished first, and Pat Reinschmidt of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, who placed second.
Richard Swanson, first year cross-country runner for Kingsland, qualified for the state meet, finishing fourth in the recently held Section 1A meet. He'll be competing at St. Olaf College, Northfield, this Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. The Class A girls race is scheduled for 11 a.m. The AA races are Saturday afternoon.

"It was awful weather to run in, but the kids showed up and gave it all they had," said coach Amber Uhlenhake.

"The obvious highlight of the night was the first-season sophomore Richard (Swanson, 17:08.8, 4th) qualifying for state in a respectable fourth place finish, after leading much of the race. It's just fantastic to have Kingsland represented up at a state tournament again. Erica (Earley, 16:56.9, 25th) came up just short, time-wise, from landing a state meet berth. She has four strong years ahead of her and now a season of experience; I'd watch for big things there," added the coach.

"Jamie (Thompson, 115th, 21:13.2) and Melinda (Woods, 100th, 19:57.9) also brought in strong races and a tremendous amount of team leadership that we relied upon all season. They were invaluable to this program.

"Overall, it has been a terrific inaugural season for both us coaches," commented Uhlenhake, "and we only hope it continues to build, such that you'll see quite the Kingsland state meet streak."

The other gals competing were a pair of seventh graders: Jocelyn Voeltz (110th, 20:46.3) and Audrey Farlinger (126th, 22:47.5). "They were an excellent example of what you can become in cross-country, with both girls running smart races and ending the season on the varsity," said Uhlenhake.

The gals finished 18th of 19 teams. Dover-Eyota was first and Rochester Lourdes finished second and will represent Section 1A at the state meet. One hundred and thirty girls finished the 4000-meter race.

Also running for the boys were Ryan Swanson (34th, 18:38.9), Dane Gillespie (92nd, 20:37.2), Tyler Kaster (103rd, 20:57.7), Zachary Buchholtz (109th, 21:07.8), Tomm Mettler (133rd, 23:35.7) and Adam Buchholtz (134th, 23:35.9). The Kingsland boys finished 13th in the field of 18 teams. One hundred and thirty-six individuals finished the 5K race. Winona Cotter and Plainview-Elgin-Millville finished 1-2 and will represent 1A at the state meet on Saturday.