John Van Kempen, WCA Cross Country Coach


STAPLES – The West Central Area Knights cross country team raced in Staples at Vintage Golf Course, deemed as one of the premier meets of the season with two of the three top ranked girl’s teams and the three top ranked boy’s teams.

The Knights made a powerful showing, with the girls getting 2nd and the boys narrowly getting 1st.

Lexi Bright looked unrelenting as she ran with Staple’s top runner Kyanna Burton, finishing in under 20 minutes to a 2nd place finish. Taylor Bennet was 5th, followed by Mace Grosz in 6th. Taylor has been instrumental in providing leadership to our inexperienced competitors.

Terina Blascyk was next in 16th, Halle Foslien (17th), Alexa Blume (18th) and Mya Foslien(20th). The meet had powerhouse Staples winning with 25 points, the Knights with 46 and Perham with 53.

The boys race came down to the last 100 meters of the race. Junior Reubens Swanson passed a Staple’s runner, giving us the win and preventing what would have been a tie. Reubens ended up in 8th place overall.

Our boys 1,2,3 punch ended up in 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Kyle Schill was 2nd, Kade Runge(3rd) and Alex Salwasser (4th) behind Staples Emmet Anderson, who has several Division 1 offers on his plate.

Shad Swanson was our fifth runner across the line in just over 18 minutes and 14th place. Peyton Hanson was next in 16th and Roman Mihailovschi in 21st.

WCA ended with 31 points, ahead of Staple’s 33 and Perham’s 61. Perham wasn’t at full strength and they are looking forward to our next match up.


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