Fergus cross-country star signs with MSU-Northern

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

While his parents Mari (left) and Layne (back) Krumweide, along  with FHS cross-country Coach Suzie Flentie (right) watch, Kai Krumweide signs his letter of intent to run at MSU-Northern next year.                             Courtesy photo

Running is very much a part of Fergus High School senior Kai Krumweide’s character. The cross-county and track runner for the Golden Eagles has decided he enjoys running so much he is taking it to the next level. Krumweide recently signed a letter of intent to compete for the MSU-Northern men’s cross-country program beginning next fall.
The MSU-Northern cross-country program is relatively new, having only been in existence for two years. For Coach Chad Spangler the excitement of building a new program has been very enjoyable.
“I looked toward the older kids on the team to see who they would like to have join the cross-country program,” said Spangler. “They thought Kai would be a good fit to our program.
“Kai came for a visit to the Northern campus and had a chance to run with some of the kids in the program,” added Spangler. “We had a team dinner with him, and Kai seemed to have a lot in common with many of the other guys.”
Coach Spangler is also impressed with Kai’s work ethic.
“I really like his character,” said Spangler. “He is hard working and a good student. One can see that his parents have raised him well.”
Spangler is also impressed with how well he was trained under Fergus Coach Suzie Flentie.
“I really expect Kai to be in the top five of our team during his first year,” said Spangler. “The distance in college is longer than in high school, but I think the longer the distance for Kai, the better runner he is.”
The distance for college runners is 8 kilometers, which is about 5 miles. For several years, Montana has ran 3 miles for cross country, although that will change this coming fall when the distance becomes 5 kilometers, which is equal to about 3.1 miles.
Spangler sees Kai fitting in well academically.
“He wants to major in civil engineering, which we have,” Spangler said. “With his strong work ethic he will also excel in the classroom for us.”

Krumweide helped Fergus boys bring home two state trophies
During Krumweide’s junior and senior year of cross-country running, the Fergus boys’ team has had an abundance of success.
During Krumweide’s junior year, the Fergus boys’ team won its first ever Central A Divisional crown. The team went on to take second place at the Class A State championships in Great Falls.
Last fall during Krumweide’s senior year, the Fergus boys repeated as Central A champions. At the divisional meet held at Gallatin County Regional Park near Belgrade, Krumweide finished in seventh place over-all. He had a time of 17:01.
A week later the Fergus boys finished third at the state meet, which was held at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell. Krumweide was the fourth Golden Eagle to cross the finish line at Rebecca Farms. He finished 24th overall in Class A with a personal best time of 16:43.18.
Besides cross-country, Krumweide also runs the 1600- and 3200-meter runs on the Fergus boys’ track and field team.

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