CC-Knights Place 8th on All Conference List

Written by Alex Endreson on . Posted in WCA Sports News

The WCA Knights ran strong in the Heart of Lakes Cross Country Meet held in Hawley.  Both the girls and the boys each placed four runners on the list.  The boys finished in second place behind Perham, the girls tied for second but moved to third via the tie breaker criteria behind Pelican Rapids and Perham.  For the boys, Ryley Nelson led by a good margin to become the conference individual champion.  Jacob Bright followed close behind to finish in third.  Seniors Ethan Olson and Drake Swanson had their strongest performance of the season so far and finished in 8th and 15th.  Jack Van Kempen was next in 21st, followed by Chase Veldhouse (27th) and Hunter Mickelson (48th).  Finishing second to Perham in the HOL has been something some team has done for fifteen straight years.  Both their boys' team and girls' teams are without argument, the best teams for single A schools in the state for several years.  We love competing against them though, it's a chance to see how we compare to the best.
The girls' team had seventh grader Lexi Bright earn her first all conference medal, finishing in 6th place.  Following her were four time all Conference Ella Van Kempen (11th), two time all Conference Brynn Fernholz (12th) and newcomer to the list Teagan Nelson (13th). Chloe LaRue (25th)was our fifth runner to cross the line, followed by Kaitlin Hanson(33rd) and Kennedy Porter (35th).  It was the toughest we've raced on all year,  we were extremely happy with how our very young team was able to compete.

The junior high boys won first place with Kyle Schill (3rd), Reuben's Swanson (4th), Kade Runge (5th), Jacob Brown (9th), Alex Salwasser (10th), Gaven Raden (12th), Tyler Biss (25th) and Shad Swanson(29th).  The girls junior high had one runner with Carly Steiner in 14th.  Steph Toms made the jr varsity podium in 6th.  The boys jr varsity had four, Chris Onstad (12th), Austin Clavin (26th), Tim Ruud (42nd) and Matt Poyzer (45th).

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