Cross-country teams get their work in during wet week

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Kingsland runners line up in front of the team tent, showing the tracks on the back of their legs during the muddy Chatfield cross-country meet.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Nick Eickhoff of Kingsland makes his way on a crowded course in the rain during a meet at Chatfield.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Jayden Brink runs for the Knights at Chatfield.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Kingsland’s Nolan Kurth, right, turns a corner on the Chatfield course.
Chad Smith

The Kingsland cross-country teams had one of their busiest weeks of the fall season, with not one, but two meets on the schedule. The Knights were at the Chatfield Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 1, before heading to a meet hosted by Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson on Thursday, Oct. 3. There was a little confusion on the original schedule but both teams ran at the Lewiston Golf Course.

Chatfield Invite — boys

The Kingsland boys finished in sixth place out of seven varsity teams in the meet held at the Chosen Valley Country Club in Chatfield. The meet was won by the Rochester Area Christian Educators.

Freshman Garrison Hubka once again ran a solid race for Kingsland, finishing the course in 25th place (77 runners) at 20 minutes, 56.1 seconds. Josh Meskill wasn’t far behind (29th place) at 21:23.3. Sophomore Nick Eickhoff was 33rd in 21:55.8. Another sophomore, Noah Broadwater, was next at 23:04, while Isaac Hauer wrapped up the team scoring with a time of 24:04.6. Nathan O’Connell was hot on his heels at 24:10.6, while Nolan Kurth also competed in the race (26:48.8).

Kingsland coach Erin Milz said the boys and girls didn’t run in the best conditions on Tuesday, thanks to a lot of rainfall in the Chatfield area.

“Chatfield was slippery and muddy,” she recalled. “There were lots of puddles on the course. I even had one runner who slipped crossing the finish line.”


The girls were led once again by Susie Mettler, who finished 17th (out of 52 runners) with a time of 24 minutes, 6 seconds. Meredith Farlinger also ran, finishing the race in 34:53.4.

Stewartville won the girls’ varsity team championship.

JV boys

Treyton Pokorney (27:54.6) and Wesley Lin (30:42.2) both ran in the junior varsity race that featured 29 runners.

Junior high boys

Jayden Brink took 11th place (32 runners) with a time of 13 minutes, 57 seconds. Beck Warren was 16th in 14:25.6.

Lewiston-Ole Olmstead Invite — boys

The Kingsland boys finished in ninth place out of the 12 boys’ teams at the meet. Winona took the team title with a team score of 34, well ahead of second-place La Crescent-Hokah’s 71.

Hubka set a new PR (personal record) with a time of 19 minutes, 23.6 seconds, taking 31st out of 148 runners. Eickhoff was next at 20:34.5, followed by Meskill (20:36.5), Hauser (21:39.0), and Broadwater (21:58.6, a new PR), who finished the team scoring. O’Connell also took part (22:40.5), as did Wesley Dean, the team’s only senior, who came back from injury and finished the race in 22:47.5 while going easy on a sore ankle. Kurth (25:17.1) and Pokorney (27:16) also ran in the race.


Freet set a PR by finishing the 5,000M race in 28:20.2, with Farlinger completing the course in 32:25.7. Milz said the course was less challenging to run on than in Tuesday’s meet.

“The course was very soft, overall,” Milz recalled, “However it was still pretty good.”

Winona took the girls’ team title, finishing ahead of second-place Rochester Lourdes.

Junior high boys

Brink was the highest finisher in the boys’ competition, completing the two-mile course in 13 minutes, 29.7 seconds and taking 10th (62 runners). Warren was 19th, crossing the finish line in 14:38.3.

JV boys

Kurth was the first finisher for Kingsland, running the 5,000M race in 25 minutes, 18 seconds. Pokorney wasn’t far behind at 27:16.


The Knights were scheduled to be back in action at the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Piper Hills Golf Course. They’ll have the rest of the week off from competition to prepare for the conference meet at the same location.