Kingsland runners compete at Pine Island Invitational

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Noah Broadwater of the Knights runs the course at Pine Island.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Nathan O’Connell, left, and Kingsland teammate Isaac Hauser run at Pine Island.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Merredith Farlinger makes progress during Kingsland’s meet at Pine Island.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Kingsland’s Lilly Freet keeps on track at Pine Island.
Chad Smith

The Kingsland cross-country teams hit the road to the Pine Island Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 19. The boys’ team was a little banged up and finished 10th in the team standings (10 complete teams), while the Kingsland girls’ team didn’t have enough runners to qualify for the team competition.

Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson won the boys’ team title while Rochester Lourdes won the girls’ title.

Boys’ results

Garrison Hubka was the fastest male Kingsland runner to cross the finish line, completing the 5,000-meter run in 19 minutes, 50.8 seconds. He took 33rd out of 131 runners, completing the race in what head coach Erin Milz says is the fastest time of any runner she’s coached at Kingsland. Josh Meskill was 41st in 20:22.3. Isaac Hauser was next in 21:51.3, followed by Noah Broadwater (22:40.2) and Nathan O’Connell, who rounded out the team scoring (22:56.8).

Treyton Pokorney also competed in the race, finishing the 3.1-mile run in 26:28.5. The Kingsland boys’ squad has been battling the injury bug recently but should see some veteran runners returning soon.

“Wesley Dean is still out due to an ankle sprain,” Milz said. “Nick Eickhoff did something to his knee but will be back this week. Wesley Lin said his upper leg was hurting so he didn’t run at Pine Island. Nolan Kurth hurt his shin a couple of weeks ago in gym class and is working on coming back as well.”

Girls’ results

Susie Mettler was the top Kingsland girl, finishing 15th (out of 92 runners) with a time of 23 minutes, 12.5 seconds. Lily Freet was the second Kingsland runner to cross the finish line at 32:14.7, with Meredith Farlinger right behind her at 32:41.4.

“The weather made for a good running day,” Milz recalled. “The clouds rolled in and cooled it off a little bit. Overall, the fall weather has been OK. The fall season started with cool weather, so when the temps warmed up a bit, it’s been a little more challenging because the kids aren’t used to it.

Junior high boys’ results

Beck Warren and Jayden Brink were the two Kingsland boys who ran in the junior high race. Brink finished the 2.4-kilometer race in 11th place (out of 65 boys) with a time of 10 minutes, 5.7 seconds. Warren took 19th place in 10:27.4.


The Kingsland boys and girls just have one meet on the schedule this week when they head to St. Charles on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Knights return to action the following Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Chatfield.