Two from track team advance to section meet
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:50 AM
The Kingsland track and field teams continued postseason competition last week, participating in the 1A Sub-section meet held at Chatfield High School on Thursday. Athletes placing in the top three or breaking the section standards in their respective events moved on to the section meet, which begins on Tuesday. For those who didn't meet those qualifications, their season would come to an end.
Kingsland’s Lacey Schwartz, right, keeps pace with a competitor in the sub-section meet. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The only two Kingsland athletes to move on to the section meet came from the girls' team. One of those two was Lacey Schwartz, who advanced in the 100-meter dash. She was one of five to break the section standard, set at 13.33 seconds, in a competitive field of sprinters. Her time of 13.09 was good enough for a third place finish.
Lauren Buchholtz was the other lady Knight to earn a spot in the section meet, placing second in the difficult 400-meter dash. The seventh-grader continued to impress in varsity competition, finishing the race in 1:03.53.
The lady Knights also had a couple of strong performances from athletes that didn't end up advancing. In the 1600-meter run, Erica Earley placed fifth, crossing the finish line with a time of 6:17.41. She missed out on the coveted third place position by just under six seconds. Eighth-grader Nicole Lee also earned a fifth place finish in the discus. Her throw of 80'1" was just 17 feet short of third place.
The Kingsland boys' team had some impressive efforts as well despite not having any athletes advance to the section meet. Sprinter Josh Bradley finished just 0.95 seconds short of moving on in the 200-meter dash, as his time of 25.16 seconds earned him a seventh place finish.
The Knights also received a pair of fifth place finishes from Hunter Meisner and Cody Krahn. Meisner earned his in the 1600-meter run, finishing with a time of 5:07.41. Krahn got his fifth place finish in the 400-meter dash. He crossed the finish line in 56.9 seconds, which was just under two seconds behind the third place finisher.
Schwartz and Buchholtz will compete in the section meet held at Paul Giel Field in Winona on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. There they will look to advance to the state meet in early June.