Section Champs: The West Central Area boys’ cross country team of Peyton Hanson, Dane Anderson, Shad Swanson, Jack Van Kempen, Alex Salwasser, Jacob Bright, Kyle Schill , Kade Runge and Reubens Swanson advanced to the Class A State meet Friday, Oct. 25 after winning the Section 6A meet.

PIERZ —The West Central Area boys’ cross country team captured the Section 6A team title Friday, Oct. 25 at Pierz Golf Course.

The Knights would finish the race with a 35-point team score, ahead of runner-up Staples-Motley (55).

Jacob Bright led the Knights with a time of 16:01.5, finishing second behind Staples-Motley’s Emmet Anderson (15:48.4). West Central Area saw Alex Salwasser (fifth, 16:43.8), Jack Van Kempen (sixth, 16:53.0), Kade Runge (10th, 17:12.4) and Kyle Schill (12th, 17:29.5) saw the Knights place all their team runners in the top 15. Ruebens Swanson (18:11.6) also competed for West Central, finishing 25th.

“Alex had a great race and is getting faster with each race,” Knights head coach John Van Kempen said. “Our strength is our ability to stay together and pack run. Jacob, Jack and Kyle will be competing in their fifth state race so lack of experience won’t be an issue and finishing in second at the state meet last year. Reubens Swanson was the  sixth in 25th and also had his best race so far, followed by brother Shad Swanson in 36th.”

In the girls’ race, the Knights finished four overall with Teagan Nelson leading the way with a time of 20:46.4 for 11th place. Rounding out the team runners for the Knights were Lexi Bright (12th, 20:49.9), Taylor Bennett (23rd, 21:35.2), Brynn Fernholz (26th, 21:51.7) and Alexa Blume (34th, 22:09.6). Brooklyn Runge (24.45.4) also competed finishing 103rd.

The Knight boys will now compete at the Class A State Cross Country Meet  Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Boys results

West Central Area

2. Jacob Bright 16:01.5, 5. Alex Salwasser 16:43.8, 6. Jack Van Kempen 16:53.0, 10. Kade Runge 17:12.4, 12. Kyle Schill 17:29.5, 25. Reubens Swanson 18:11.6.

Girls results

West Central Area

11. Teagan Nelson 40:46.4, 12. Lexi Bright 20:49.9, 23. Taylor Bennett 21:35.2, 26. Brynn Fernholz 21:51.7, 34. Alexa Blume 22:09.6, 103. Brooklyn Runge 24:45.4


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