Kingsland's Richard Swanson stays in front of a couple runners from Plainview-Elgin-Millville, which has dominated the Kingsland home meet in past years. Swanson never relinquished the lead as he finished first overall.
Kingsland's Richard Swanson stays in front of a couple runners from Plainview-Elgin-Millville, which has dominated the Kingsland home meet in past years. Swanson never relinquished the lead as he finished first overall.
With the Three Rivers Conference meet just two weeks away and the section meet a little over three weeks away, sophomore Richard Swanson continues to run well for the Kingsland Knights cross country team.

This past weekend he competed in the highly contested Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota and finished a very respectable ninth with a time of 17:26. Only two of the runners that finished ahead of him were Class A runners. A total of 455 runners competed in the high school Maroon Division race at the U of M golf course.

On Tuesday of last week he won the Kingsland Invitational (16:55.6), beating the second place finisher by 41 seconds.

Ryan Swanson has been running second for Kingsland in most of this year's meets, and did so again in the Griak (19:47) and the Kingsland (18:11.2) event. Running third for the Knights in both meets was Clayton Friemuth (Griak time 21:07; Kingsland time 18:58.8). Dane Gillespie did not compete in the home event, but ran a 21:40 over the 5,000 meters in St. Paul.

Others competing in both (Griak time first) events for the boys were Zachary Buchholtz (23:14, 21:23), Tyler Kaster (24:11, 21:56), Tom Mettler (25:25, 23:24), Adam Buchholtz (25:42, 24:01) and Filip Swanson (no time given, 24:04). Just running the Kingsland meet were James Hayes-Hall (28:36), Nick Niemeyer (29:02) and Logan O'Connell (2500m, 11:13).

The girls also ran 5K at the university. Erica Earley finished in about the top one-fourth of the field, coming in 116th out of 416 runners. She had a time of 22:30 in her first 5,000 meter high school run. Also competing in the cities for the Lady Knights were Melinda Woods (25:45), Jocelyn Voeltz (28:32), Jamie Thompson (29:38) and Audrey Farlinger (33:20). Melinda Woods (19:01..7) and Jamie Thompson (21:42.1) competed in the varsity event in Kingsland, while Jocelyn Voeltz (12:16, 2500m) and Audrey Farlinger (13:58.8) competed in the junior high meet at Kingsland.

Coach Amber Uhlenhake had this to say regarding the races:

About the Roy Griak..."Richard pushed strong, sat in third a majority of the race and held his own against runners from multiple states. We have a lot of ground to cover and race tactics to fine tune before we gear up for conference and section meets coming up. We were pleased the way they pushed themselves and stepped up in distance. This is the only 5K they will run all season. Erica once again had a great race. It was a huge meet. We now shift our focus to Chatfield on Tuesday."

About the Kingsland meet..."We had excellent weather, some great PR's and a tremendous amount of support and assistance; the meet would not have gone as well as it had without those behind the scenes making it possible...and a big thank you to Dennis Langreck and staff at the RRCC for the use of the course to host the meet and their assistance during the meet and course set-up. Erica once again had an excellent race, against some very strong state-ranked competition."