Lauren Buchholtz, only a seventh grader at Kingsland, competed well at the Section 1A track meet, but didn’t make it to the finals in the competitive 400-meter run. LEE EPPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Lauren Buchholtz, only a seventh grader at Kingsland, competed well at the Section 1A track meet, but didn’t make it to the finals in the competitive 400-meter run. LEE EPPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland track and field team had two athletes earn spots in the section meet that took place in Winona last Tuesday and Thursday.

By the time the meet started on Tuesday, however, that number dwindled down to one as junior sprinter Lacey Schwartz was forced to pull out of the 100-meter dash with a leg injury.

Schwartz's withdrawal left seventh-grader Lauren Buchholtz, who qualified in the 400-meter dash, as the only Knight competitor in the section meet.

Though she is an underclassman, Buchholtz has shown throughout the season that she can compete at the varsity level.

"I cannot say enough about how well Lauren finished out her season," said Kingsland coach Amber Uhlenhake. "She has been just awesome to watch develop over the season."

Buchholtz ended up finishing 11th amongst an extremely competitive field that included last year's state champion in the 400-meter. Her time of 1:04.82 was just over two seconds shy of qualifying for the section finals.

"Her heat was filled with varsity level runners with years of racing experience over her. She held her own when most kids would have crumbled, and came up close to her season's best mark," said Uhlenhake of Buchholtz's performance.