Several runners set PRs at Lewiston meet


Josh Meskill of the Knights was first overall in the junior high two-mile race as the muddy course left a mark on his fast legs. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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CHAD SMITH
SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

The fall cross-country season is rapidly winding down for the Kingsland Knights, who had two meets on the schedule last week. The first meet was at the Chatfield Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 2, followed by a bigger meet at in Lewiston, hosted by Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The last regular-season meet is set for this Tuesday, with the conference meet set for Oct. 16 and the section meet to follow on Oct. 25.

Chatfield Invitational

The Knights started the week in Chatfield for a meet at the Chosen Valley Country Club. The Kingsland boys finished in sixth place out of seven complete teams. The Kingsland girls didn’t have enough runners to qualify for the team title (need five). Stewartville swept the boys’ and girls’ team championships at the Chatfield meet.

Individual results

Boys:

Junior runner Wesley Dean was the first Kingsland boys’ finisher, completing the race 21 minutes, 52.4 seconds. Freshman Isaac Hauser was next, crossing the finish line in 22:51.3. Noah Broadwater was close behind, finishing in 23:15.2, followed by Reese Wolf (23:33.4) and Nathan O’Connell, who rounded out the team scoring (23:52.3). Treyton Pokorney completed the race in 26:25.7.

Girls:

Susan Mettler was the top Kingsland finisher, taking 24th out of 48 varsity runners in 24 minutes, 58.1 seconds. Sydney Eickhoff was next (30:23.6), followed by Meredith Farlinger (32:54.3).

Junior high results

Boys:

Four Kingsland boys took part in the junior high race. Josh Meskill continued his solid fall season by taking first place in the boys’ competition with a time of 12 minutes, 34.5 seconds, winning the meet by a 22-second margin over the second-place finisher. Beck Warren was next (15:07.4), followed by Nolan Kurth (15:38.1) and Jayden Brink (16:48.7).

L-A/R-P Invitational

The Knights took part in the 5,000-meter Ole Olmsted Invitational at the Lewiston Country Club Golf Course on Thursday, Oct. 4. The Kingsland boys’ team took 12th place out of 13 complete teams, while the girls’ squad finished in 12th place. The La Crescent boys won the team title by only five points over second-place Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson. The Stewartville girls took home the team title with a solid 24-point margin of victory over second-place Rochester Lourdes.

“All three of our seniors set personal records (PRs) at Lewiston,” said Knights’ coach Erin Milz. “They’ve showed amazing leadership when it comes to goal setting, perseverance, and many other things. I don’t know what it was about this course, but it was a great race. It has the team talking about PRs again. The next three races hold the potential for a lot of good things for us.”

Individual results

Boys:

Dean was once again the first Kingsland runner across the finish line, taking 83rd place out of 155 varsity runners in 21 minutes, 17 seconds. Senior runner Reese Wolf was next in 21:38.0 (PR), followed by Broadwater (21:51.1, PR), O’Connell (22:32.1, PR), and Pokorney rounded out the team scoring with a time of 24:34.8.

Girls:

Mettler and Renee Lechner continued to lead the girls’ squad in first or second-place finishes. This time, Mettler crossed the line first with a time of 22 minutes, 47.4 seconds (PR) and taking 30th place out of 116 girls. Lechner was next, finishing 43rd in 23:13.4 (PR). Eickhoff was next (29:47.3, PR), followed by Farlinger (31:54.4) and Dane Canario (34:37.4, PR).

Junior high results

Boys:

Four Kingsland runners took part in the boys’ 3,200-meter competition. Eighth-grader Meskill came up with a top five finish, taking fourth place in 12 minutes, 53.1 seconds (100 total runners). Beck Warren was next at 15:13, followed by Nolan Kurth (16:02.8) and Jayden Brink (16:19.3, PR).

Schedule

The Knights only have one meet scheduled this week, set for Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Plainview-Elgin-Millville. They’ll be back in action a week later for the Three Rivers Conference meet at Lewiston on Oct. 16, followed by the Section 1A meet on Oct. 25 in Rochester. The state cross country meet is Nov. 3. 

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