2014_kuhlmannLynnville-Sully's Canyon Kuhlmann, a junior, raced in his second consecutive state cross-country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Battling not only tough competition in the Class 1A race, Kuhlmann also had to overcome crisp temperatures and gusty winds. A strong start and smart running put Kuhlmann in good position early in the race. The junior finished in 51st place overall, with a time of 17:59.

Although he was hoping to place better than last year (49th in 17:52) at the state meet, he did finished seventh from L-S's state-qualifying site, where he finished 10th. So he was better than three others a week later which his coach, Darin Arkema, said was something to be happy about.

Kuhlmann is the son of Kevin and Sandy Kuhlmann of Sully. The junior is no doubt already thinking about next year's cross-country season, said his coach, and how he can continue to improve for his final high school season.