Erica Earley led the Knights in the girls’ race at the Three Rivers Conference meet. At her side just behind her is a runner from Dover-Eyota, which had all five girls in the top 10 to win the meet.
Erica Earley led the Knights in the girls’ race at the Three Rivers Conference meet. At her side just behind her is a runner from Dover-Eyota, which had all five girls in the top 10 to win the meet.
Richard Swanson (16:14.6) finished second, Ryan Swanson (17:28.7) 11th, and Erica Earley (17:03.5) was 11th, all three qualifying for Three Rivers All-Conference honors.

"To come out in his first ever season, challenge an experienced senior runner and place second in the TRC, is a testament to how well his season has progressed," said coach Amber Uhlenhake, about the performance of Richard Swanson at the Three Rivers Conference meet last week.

"Erica had an OK night, earned impressive All-Conference honors and we will rest her up for the sections, along with the rest of the team," added Uhlenhake. This is also Erica's first season as a cross-country runner.

Swanson ran "stride for stride" with TRC champion, and state ranked Pat Reinschmidt (No. 10) from Plainview-Elgin-Millville, falling off a couple of seconds in the final 200 meters. Brother Ryan also ran a "gutty" race and finished a very respectable 11th.

Clayton Friemuth (18:15.6) had a nice run for the Knights and came in 23rd. Also competing in the varsity race for Kingsland were Dane Gillespie (38th, 19:48.8), Zachary Buchholtz (45th, 20:05.6), Tyler Kaster (49th, 20:47.5) and Adam Buchholtz (51st, 21:29.7). Running in the JV meet were Tomm Mettler (22:10.9), Filip Swanson (23:35.3), Logan O'Connell (24:54.0) and James Hayes-Hall (27:01.7).

As a team, Kingsland came in sixth (115 points), just one point behind Dover-Eyota (114) and Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson (114) and three points behind third place finisher, Chatfield (112). PEM (41) won the TRC championship, with St. Charles second (64). Wabasha-Kellogg was seventh. Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Southland ran three runners and did not qualify for a team score.

Besides Earley, Kingsland also had Melinda Woods (31st, 19:07.7), Jocelyn Voeltz (37th, 21:39.2), Jamie Thompson (38th, 21:51.3) and Audrey Farlinger (39th, 24:16.2) running in the varsity race. Kingsland was sixth out of six teams, but showed a lot of promise with two seventh graders, an eighth grader and two juniors competing. Dover-Eyota (31) won the TRC championship, with PEM (59) second, followed by Chatfield (65), LA/RP (100), Wabasha-Kellogg (138) and Kingsland (148).

"We will race them all again on Thursday (Oct. 25, section meet)," said Uhlenhake, "and look forward to the potential that continues to come forth out of all our runners.

"We truly have an impressive, and challenging conference, and section, so earning any top places is a huge honor and definitely a major accomplishment these athletes can be proud of."

The Section 1A meet is on Thursday at Northern Hills golf course in Rochester. The gals run at 4 p.m. and the boys race will begin at 4:45 p.m.