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Stangl earns top finish at Spirit Lake

By Staff | Apr 16, 2008

ELC’s Brandon Hanson runs his leg of the shuttle hurdle relay event at Spirit Lake on Tuesday. EDN photo by Alex Ascherl

SPIRIT LAKE — A day after faring well at the 87th running of the Estherville Relays, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys track team wasn’t quite in top form at the Iowa Great Lakes Invitational on Tuesday.

“We didn’t compete in six running events due to injury and illness,” said ELC coach Dick Barrett.

The Midgets’ top finish came in the shot put where Marcus Stangl won the event with a throw of 48 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

“I’m pleased with Marcus’ win because he beat kids who have beaten him this year,” said Barrett.

Teammate Spenser Schichtl finished sixth in the event with a toss of 44 feet, 9 inches and he also placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 118 feet, 6 inches.

Jordan Eggers competes 400-meter dash at Spirit Lake. EDN photo by Alex Ascherl

ELC put together a tough medley relay team that finished second with a time of 3:47.53 behind Algona. The foursome included Dan Kirchner, Jordan Eggers, Scott Schmidt and Matt Juhl.

“We ran the medley tough for the first time this season,” said Barrett. “That’s an event we’re considering for making a run at state.”

Juhl also came home with a second-place finish in the 1600-meter run as he finished a step behind Algona’s Ryan McMahon. McMahon won in 4:49.32 while Juhl clocked in at 4:49.73.

ELC’s hurdlers counted for the rest of the team’s scoring.

The shuttle hurdle team of Jessie Knaack, Dane Ross, Jay Smith and Brandon Hanson ran a season-best time of 1:06.11, but finished sixth overall.

Hanson earned a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.52 and Knaack was sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 17.44 seconds.

ELC travels to Armstrong on Friday. The meet starts at 4 p.m.