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K-W’s Cole Johnson

Adam JS Holt

KEY NAMES

Cole Johnson, sprints — Johnson, a senior, is K-W’s top sprinter. He ran a season-best 53 seconds flat in the 400 meters to place seventh at the 2017 section meet. Johnson was also a subsection winner in the 200.

Sam Ringham, distance — Ringham, a senior, is the Knights’ top distance runner. He took first at subsections in the 1,600 at 4:52.49 and improved to 4:52.4 to place 10th. Ringham was also top-10 at subsections in the 800.

UP AND COMING

Will Hudson, sprints — Hudson, a junior, will back Johnson as a reliable sprinter for K-W. He took seventh at subsections in the 100 thanks to a personal record time of 12.6. Hudson was also top-10 at subsections in the 200 and the 400 relay.

Joshua Schmidt, sprints/jumps — Schmidt, an eighth-grader, was a valued contributor as a middle-schooler. He placed top 10 at subsections in the 100 meters (12.72), 200 (25.36) and 400 (57.15) and was 12th in the long jump (16-10).

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Jon Dierks, sprints/throws — Dierks did a little bit of everything for K-W. He was a regular in shot put, discus and sprints and was part of the 800 relay team that placed fourth at subsections.

Ben Erickson, distance — Erickson was one of the Knights’ biggest point getters, particularly in distance. He helped the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams to top-10 finishes at subsections. Erickson also qualified for subsections in the 800.

OUTLOOKThe Knights appear to be strongest on the track with seniors Johnson and Ringham primed to make some noise at sections in sprints and distance events, respectively. K-W lacks high-level experience in jumping and specialty events, though there are plenty of names awaiting more opportunities this season.

The team has around 30 members this season, but only a few seniors.

Laden Nierson (jumps), Dante Ugalde (jumps/sprints), Clay Stevenson (throws), Ross Hendrickson (hurdles), Diego Becerril (mid-distance), Keegan McCorkell (distance). Kaya Lindell, one of K-W’s strongest athletes in football and wrestling, is out for the team.

The Knights’ first two meets April 5 at Wabasha-Kellogg and April 12 at Triton are canceled. They’ll hope to get the season underway 4:30 p.m. April 16 at Dover-Eyota.

Reach Sports Reporter Mike Randleman at [email protected] or on Twitter @FDNmike.

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Sports reporter for the Faribault Daily News. Graduated from Iowa State University in 2016. Originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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