Midgets’ medley medals
DES MOINES — A second day at the state track meet resulted in the second day with a medal for the Estherville Lincoln Central boys track team.
The Midgets followed up senior Matt Juhl’s seventh-place finish in the 3200-meter run on Thursday with a seventh-place finish in the distance medley relay.
That gave Juhl his second medal of the 2008 state track meet while juniors Justin Blinkmann, Jordan Eggers and Scott Schmidt all received their first medals.
The quartet finished less than a second behind rival Spirit Lake Park with ELC clocking in at 3:38.34 and the Indians in 3:37.54.
Blinkmann said he thought he got out of the blocks well.
“I just tried to catch up to Spirit Lake,” he said. “The handoff (to Eggers) went pretty good, but it was a little iffy.”
Blinkmann’s 200-meter split was 23.8 seconds.
Eggers said he tried to keep it close.
“I gave it to Scott in fifth or sixth place and Scott kept it up,” said Eggers.
Schmidt ran his 400 leg in 50 seconds.
“I pretty much kept up with everyone else and passed someone on the third corner and then got it to Juhl,” said Schmidt.
“I caught up with the fourth-place guy and battled to the end,” said Juhl. “It was a fast heat and I’m happy with our finish.”
The same quartet ran the 4×400-meter relay about an hour later.
They finished 21st in 3:37.62.
Blinkmann said he ran a good time of 52 flat, but thinks they could’ve done a little better.
“It was fun, but we struggled,” he said. I think we were still tired from the distance medley.“
“I don’t think we were ready for the 4×400, but we tried our best,” said Juhl.
ELC coach Dick Barrett said he was happy the relay members earned a medal.
“With three juniors, hopefully it’s incentive to do better next year,” he said.
In the shot put, ELC’s Marcus Stangl improved on his 23rd place finish of a year ago.
“It wasn’t as good as I’d liked, but it helped having been down here last year,” he said.
Stangl’s throw of 50 feet, 9 1/2 landed him in 13th.
ELC ends the 2008 state track meet today with Juhl running in the 1600-meter run at 1:45 p.m.