The West Central Area cross country teams traveled to Minnesota State University Moorhead for a twilight meet on Friday night.
While competing against Class A, AA and college competition, the boys team had another impressive night. The Knights took third place behind Perham, the top program in Class A, and Bemidji.
Jacob Bright stood out as one of the top runners in the pack. His first mile clocked in at 4:40 on his way to breaking the WCA record with a time of 15:27. Ryley Nelson previously had WCA’s fastest time at MSUM (15:50) in 2016.
Bright was the first Knight to cross the finish line and the second runner to finish in the field. Jack Van Kempen finished 11th (6:08) followed by Kade Runge in 16th (16:26). Alex Salwasser and Kyle Schill tied for 32nd place with times of 17:00. Rubens Swanson was the sixth fastest Knight and took 48th place. Shad Swanson was WCA’s final runner and took 68th place.
The girls team took seventh on Friday with Tegan Nelson leading the way in 17th place.
Lexi Bright ran her first varsity meet of the season and finished in 25th. Brynn Fernholz (40th), Taylor Bennett (43rd) and Alexa Blume (45th) contributed to WCA’s team score with solids runs. Brooklyn Runge was the final runner for the girls team and came in 68th place.
“We’ve had a difficult time getting back to full strength and we are trying to bring everyone along slowly as we progress through our running schedule,” head coach John Van Kempen said. “Everyone improved on their times from the previous two races and we hope to see that progress continue.”
On Tuesday, the Knights head to the New London-Spicer Invite.