ELC runs at UNI
CEDAR FALLS — The Estherville Lincoln Central throwers showed they compete well against others in the state at the Dickinson Indoor Championships at the University of Northern Iowa on Monday.
Both the local girls and boys track teams took a small contingent to the big event.
Out of 91 throwers, ELC’s Marcus Stangl placed eighth with a toss of 47 feet, 11 /12 inches while Spenser Schichtl was 16th with a toss of 45 feet, 5 1/4 inches.
On the girls side, Christina Weston placed 20th out of 154 with a toss of 34 feet, 8 inches.
In the running events, Matt Juhl had the top finish as he ran a career-best indoor time in the 1600-meter run of 4 minutes, 44.06 seconds.
Scott Schmidt also did well as he placed 14th out of 123 runners in the 400-meter dash in 53.68 seconds. He placed 32nd out of 108 runners in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.76 seconds.
The girls top runner was ELC’s Emily Jensen, who placed 25th out of 192 runners in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.57. Teammate Taylar Jacobson finished 61st in the event.
ELC girls coach Brian Williams said both Jensen and Jacobson are doing a good job of cutting time in the 400.
“We’re still in the process of getting in shape and learning to run a smart race,” he said.
Jensen also placed 28th out of 180 runners in the 800 with a time of 2:34.83.
“Emily ran faster a week ago, but she didn’t have as much recovery time,” said Williams.
The foursome of Brenna Wegner, Jacobson, Landra Lapka and Ashley Weston ran in the 4×200 in 1:58.78.
While that placed them 69th, Williams said all four are committed to getting better.
Girls co-coach Tina Burton said,” It was a fun meet to go to and see people they’ve raced against before. The more racing they get, the better they’ll be.”