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Class 2A State Cross Country That’s a wrap for 2017

October 29, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

FORT DODGE - Estherville Lincoln Central's two sophomore cross-country runners-Taylor Myers and Riley Christoffer-wrapped up their respective season at the 2017 Class 2A State Cross Country Meet on Saturday.

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The day includes eight races in four classes with girls and boys running in Class 1A to Class 4A.

Myers places 24th

ELC's Taylor Myers finished the day with a 24th-place finish in the boys race with a time of 17 minutes, 12 seconds. Myers had placed 43rd a year ago.

"Taylor went out hard and was in the top 20 as he rounded the first curve," said ELC coach Connie Humble. "He moved as high as 12th at one point in the meet. He ran smart and positioned himself for a strong finish. He was spent after the race and gave his all as had nothing left at the end. Taylor has really set goals and worked hard to accomplish them while also encouraging his teammates. "

The Class 2A race featured the fastest time of the day on the 5K course. George-Little Rock/Central Lyon's Gable Sieperda finished the event in 15:18.6.

Christoffer places 136tth

In the girls' 2A race, Riley Christoffer placed 136th in a time of 26:17.

"Riley had a great start and was in the top 20 before the first curve," said coach Humble. "She could not maintain as her injury (tendinitis) affected her ability to keep that pace after the first 3/4 mile. Riley continued to show perseverance as she even passed a girl after the two-mile mark when she was visibly hurting only to get passed by her on the last stretch. I am very proud of Riley as she showed grit finishing the race while hurt. If she had been able to run her time from regionals of 21:22 she would have placed 58th. This state experience will help her when she returns next year to run."

Both runners have coach Humble, who completed her first season as head coach, looking ahead to next season.

"I am looking forward to the 2018 XC season as both our state qualifiers are only sophomores," Humble said. "We'd like to build on their state experience and add some of their teammates to run at state next year."

 
 
 

 

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