Cross-country runners earn post-season honors


Renee Lechner was a consistent runner for the Knights. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

Reese Wolf found a technique to improve his speed. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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CHAD SMITH
SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

The Kingsland cross-country team finished up the 2018 season with a recent awards banquet. Head coach Erin Milz handed out four team awards, including the Most Valuable Girl, Most Valuable Boy, the Knight Award, and Most Improved. She also handed out Academic All-Conference awards and varsity letters.

Team awards

Most Valuable Girl: Renee Lechner

“She was a pretty consistent runner this season,” Milz said. “Renee was also very determined. If she set a goal, Renee was also going to make sure she got it. She worked really hard this season.”

Most Valuable Boy: Reese Wolf

“He came to me at one point this season and wanted to figure out why he seemed to run so much better during practice than at meets,” Milz said. “We explored some different things and figured out it came down to the day before each meet.

“Instead of taking it easier and shortening how far he ran on the day before each meet,” Milz recalled, “he started running harder during that time. Reese’s times almost instantly improved. While most runners might want an easier day before a meet, his body just needed to be pushed harder.”

Knight Award: Josh Meskill

“This award is voted on by the team, given out to the runner who shows the most school spirit and is always encouraging the team,” Milz explained. “Josh Meskill is an eighth-grader this year. As soon as he finished running in the junior high race, he was back cheering on the varsity girls and boys in their race.

“He was always the one goofing off, making people laugh, and bringing the team together,” Milz said. “Even though he was a junior high runner, he did get to run in the Section 1A meet this year to help prepare him to make the jump to varsity competition next season.”

Most Improved: Dane Canario and Isaac Hauser

“Usually there’s only one winner,” Milz said. “This year, we had to give it to two runners. Dane (Canario) got it for the girls because it was her first year of running. When she first started running, there were a couple days in which she had to be wondering what she’d gotten herself into.

“However, she kept coming to practice and kept working,” Milz recalled. “She pushed herself hard every day and by the end of the year, Dane was running the full three miles without stopping once. It was so much fun to watch her go from barely running a mile to running a full three-mile race.

She said Hauser really found his running form after making the jump from the shorter junior high races up to the three-mile races at the varsity level.

“It was so much fun to watch Isaac find his groove in the three-mile race,” Milz said. “He really developed as a runner and it was nice to finally see the kind of runner we’ve been expecting. He’s so much more confident than he’s ever been before.”

Academic All-Conference Awards: Renee Lechner, Reese Wolf, Sydney Eickhoff, Susie Mettler, Meredith Farlinger, Dane Canario, Isaac Hauser, Nathan O’Connell, Noah Broadwater, Treyton Pokorney.

Letter winners: Wesley Dean, Renee Lechner, Reese Wolf, Sydney Eickhoff, Susie Mettler, Meredith Farlinger, Dane Canario, Isaac Hauser, Nathan O’Connell, Noah Broadwater, Treyton Pokorney.

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