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By Staff | Apr 5, 2008

The Estherville Lincoln Central boys track team had its first outdoor meet of the year as the Midgets hosted a triangular meet with Emmetsburg and Spirit Lake Park on Friday. Above, Tyler McDermott clears the bar in the high jump. He placed second in the event. EDN photo by David Swartz

The Estherville Lincoln Central boys track team finally received its first taste of outdoor competition as coach Dick Barrett pulled together Spirit Lake Park and Emmetsburg for a triangular meet on Friday.

The Midgets’ first two scheduled meets were canceled by weather.

ELC came out with a good showing against its Lakes Conference opponents with several top finishes and also multiple placewinners in some events.

ELC’s Matt Juhl earned first place in both the 3200 and the 800-meter runs with times of 10 minutes, 44.7 seconds and 2:06.49, respectively. David Roach was fifth in the 3200 in 12:41.66 while Tyler McDermott was second in the 800 in 2:25.3 and Phil Roach was fourth in 2:28.

Scott Schmidt won three individual events and also anchored the winning 4×400-meter relay.

Jessie Knaack placed first in the 110-meter high hurdles at Friday’s meet. EDN photo by David Swartz

Schmidt was first in the 200-meter dash in 23.63 seconds followed by Justin Blinkmann in second in 24.02. Schmidt won the 400-meter dash in 54.79 seconds with Jordan Eggers placing third in 58.14 seconds. Schmidt also won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches. McDermott was second as he also leaped 5-8.

Finally, the 4×400 team of Blinkmann, Eggers, Dan Kirchner and Schmidt won in 3:46.6.

Jessie Knaack gave ELC a first-place in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 17.44 seconds while Phil Roach took first in the 1600-meter run in 5:26.

Blinkmann added a first-place in the 100-yard dash with a time of 11.64 seconds.

In the 400-meter low hurdles, ELC went 2-3 with Brandon Hanson finishing in 1:02.35 while Knaack was third in 1:02.37.

In the shot put, ELC went 3-4 with Marcus Stangl throwing 47 feet, 6 1/2 inches and Spenser Schichtl throwing 46 feet, 9 1/2 inches.

In the discus, Stangl placed fourth with a throw of 22 feet, 4 inches.

Finally, in the long jump, Eggers placed fourth with a leap of 17 feet, 2 inches while Marcus Christensen was fifth with a leap of 16 feet, 9 inches.

ELC travels to the Spirit Lake Co-ed meet on Tuesday.