Kingsland runners closing in on final two weeks

Dane Canario navigates the course in St. Charles for Kingsland. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland cross-country teams had a busy week, starting off with a rescheduled meet at Pine Island on Monday, Sept. 24, before heading off to the St. Charles Invitational on Thursday for a meet that featured a larger number of teams.

There are two full weeks left to go in the fall cross-country season before heading off to the Three Rivers Conference meet on Oct. 16.  

Pine Island Invite

The Pine Island Invitational was scheduled for Sept. 20 but had to be postponed because of water on the course. It was rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 24, and involved both varsity and junior high runners. The Kingsland boys finished in sixth place out of six teams while the girls’ team wound up in seventh place out of seven teams. Stewartville took the girls’ team championship on the 3.11-mile course, while Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson slipped past Stewartville to take the boys’ team title.

Varsity girls: Renee Lechner and Susan Mettler ran outstanding races, taking 16th and 17th places, respectively (out of 55 varsity runners). Lechner finished the race in 23 minutes, 23.5 seconds. Mettler finished three-tenths of a second behind at 23:23.8. Sydney Eickhoff completed the course in 30:55.5, Meredith Farlinger in 33:03.8, and Dane Canario wrapped up the team scoring with a time of 35:00.4.

Varsity boys: Wesley Dean was the first Kingsland runner to finish the race, crossing the line in 21 minutes, 40.3 seconds. Freshman Isaac Hauser was next with a time of 22:48.6. Noah Broadwater was the third Knight over the line in 23:09.8. Reese Wolf (23:44.9) and Treyton Pokorney (27:46.5) rounded out the team scoring for Kingsland.

Junior high boys: Four Kingsland boys took part in the junior high race that totaled about 1.5 miles (2,400 meters). Josh Meskill finished in the top five, taking fourth place out of 41 runners with a time of 9 minutes, 26.6 seconds. Beck Warren finished 23rd in 10:56.7. Nolan Kurth was next (11:42.5), followed by Jayden Brink (12:11.1).

St. Charles Invitational

The Knights headed off to St. Charles two days later for a big invitational at the St. Charles Golf Course. The Kingsland boys took 10th place out of 11 teams, while the Knight girls’ team finished eighth out of eight complete teams. Plainview-Elgin-Millville won the boys’ team title in convincing fashion (31-point margin over second place La Crescent). Stewartville won the girls’ team title in equally convincing fashion (43-point margin over PEM).

Varsity boys: Dean was once again the first Knight runner to cross the finish line, doing so in 21 minutes, 22.3 seconds on the 5,000M course. Hauser was next at 21:51.4, followed by Noah Broadwater in 22:54.4. Reese Wolf (23:12.4) and freshman Nathan O’Connell (23:14.1) wrapped up the team scoring. Pokorney also completed the race for Kingsland in 25:17.2.

Varsity girls: Mettler and Lechner had an even tighter photo finish between each other than on Monday in Pine Island. Mettler crossed the line first this time, finishing in 24 minutes and 17 seconds, one-tenth of a second ahead of Lechner (24:17.1). Sydney Eickhoff was the third Kingsland runner over the line in 30:31.4. Farlinger (33:25.4) and Canario (35:34.9) finished out the scoring for Kingsland.

Junior high boys: Four Kingsland boys took part in the junior high competition (3,200 meters). Meskill had another top five finish, taking fifth place (out of 41 runners) in 12 minutes, 56.5 seconds. Warren was the second Kingsland finisher in 14:46.6, followed by Kurth (16:25.7), and Brink (17:11.5).


The Knight runners head to Chatfield on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and then travel to Lewiston-Altura two days later. They’ll be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 9, on the road at Plainview-Elgin-Millville.