87th running of the Estherville Relays – Another historic day
Another successful running of the Estherville Relays came with a few solid performances from Estherville Lincoln Central athletes.
Matt Juhl came up with two top finishes. The senior won the Ray Steele Memorial Traveling Trophy for his meet best time in the 1600-meter run of 4 minutes, 38.45 seconds.
He also ran a career best open 800 time to finish first in 2:02.46.
Spirit Lake Park’s Joe Nellis made the 800 race an exciting one.
“Joe passed Matt about 200 meters out. Matt passed him about 30 meters away from the finish,” said ELC coach Dick Barrett. “I give credit to Matt for having an outstanding meet and quality times in two races.”
Nellis finished a step behind in 2:02.66.
ELC’s other top finish came in the long jump with Justin Blinkmann jumping 20 feet, 5 inches. Teammate Jordan Eggers was fifth with a leap of 18 feet, 1/2 inch.
Barrett was pleased with the improvement by his shot put throwers.
Marcus Stangl threw a season-best of 49 feet, 8 1/2 inches to place third. Spenser Schichtl threw a career-best 47 feet, 1 inch to place fifth.
Overall, Algona won Class A with 144 points followed by Spirit Lake Park with 130, Storm Lake with 105, Okoboji with 75, ELC with 64 and Spencer was sixth with 35.
ELC received a third-place finish from Scott Schmidt with a career-best time in the 400-meter dash in 52.20 seconds.
Placing fourth was ELC’s shuttle hurdle team of Jessie Knaack, Dane Ross, Jay Smith and Brandon Hanson with a time of 1:06.78.
Hanson also finished fourth in the 400-meter low hurdles in 1:01.96, while Knaack was fifth in the110 high hurdles in 19.11 seconds.
ELC’s 4×400-meter relay team of Justin Blinkmann, Jordan Eggers, Ross and Schmidt finished fourth in 3:40.72.
Placing fifth was ELC’s 4×200-meter relay team of Hanson, Dan Kirchner, Eggers and Blinkmann in 1:38.89.
Schichtl threw a career best 119 feet, 5 inches to place sixth in the discus.
ELC’s 4×100-meter relay team of Knaack, Kirchner, Hanson and Alex Rosburg was sixth in 49.98 seconds.
“I’d like to thank all our loyal veteran workers and a lot of newcomers for their efforts in making the 87th running of the Estherville Relays a success,” said Barrett.
The Estherville Relays, billed as the second oldest event of its kind west of the Mississippi River, has two other traveling trophies.
Spirit Lake Park won the George Hicks Memorial traveling trophy by virtue of the fastest time in the 4×800-meter relay and Algona earned the Chuck Uknes Memorial traveling trophy for having the fastest time in the 4×400-meter relay.
Two meet records were set, both in the shuttle hurdle relay with Storm Lake setting a record of 1:01.23 in Class A and Emmetsburg running 1:00.19 in Class B.
ELC returns to action today at Spirit Lake.
“We’re going to change things around tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Barrett. “We’re dealing with some injuries and we also want to emphasize a couple other events. Some decisions might be made late due to the predicted high winds.”