Knights open cross-country season at Stewartville

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Running side-by-side for Kingsland are, from left, Josh Meskill, Garrison Hubka and Nikolas Eickhoff. The runners opened the season at the Bill Glomski Invitational at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Merredith Farlinger runs at Stewartville for Kingsland.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Lily Freet enjoys the trail at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville as she runs for Kingsland.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Isaac Hauser of the Knights travels in a pack on the course of the Bill Glomski Invitational at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville.
Chad Smith

The Kingsland cross-country teams were scheduled for two meets last week but only ran in one as they started the season Thursday afternoon in Stewartville.

The Knights were supposed to open the fall season with a meet at Wabasha-Kellogg, which was canceled due to the weather forecast. Kingsland opened the season with the Bill Glomski Invitational at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville on Thursday, Aug. 29, with the Kingsland boys finishing 16th out of 20 complete boys’ teams, while the girls’ team was incomplete.

La Crescent-Hokah won the boys’ team title with a score of 47, while Byron was a distant second at 118. Jordan won the girls’ team title with a score of 70, while the hometown Stewartville girls were a close second at 74.

Boys’ individual results

Garrison Hubka was the first Kingsland runner to cross the finish line in 76th place (228 runners), completing the 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 3.3 seconds. Josh Meskill was literally right on his heels in 77th place (21:04.4). Nick Eickhoff was next in 81st place at 21:23.5. Isaac Hauser finished the course in 22:15.9 and Noah Broadwater wrapped up the team scoring with a time of 24:15.2. Nathan O’Connell also ran in the race (24:39.0), as did Treyton Pokorney (26:26.4).

Symon Keiser of Jordan was the boys’ individual medalist, finishing the race in 17 minutes, 36.2 seconds.

Girls’ individual results

Freshman Lily Freet and junior Meredith Farlinger competed in the girls’ varsity meet. Freet crossed the finish line first, finishing the race in 33 minutes, 36 seconds. Farlinger was close behind, finishing in 35:14.0.

Kailee Malone of the hometown Stewartville girls was the medalist, running the race in 20 minutes, 40.3 seconds.

JV boys’ individual results

Freshman Nolan Kurth and sophomore Wesley Tin ran in the 5,000-meter junior varsity race for the Kingsland boys’ team. Kurth was the first Knight to finish the race, completing the course in 28 minutes, 8.2 seconds. Tin finished the race in 31:22.7. Byron finished as the JV team champs, while Ethan Franzose was the medalist in 21:33.2.


The Knights have one meet this week, heading to the Hayfield meet at the Oaks Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 5.