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Back on the course

By Staff | Sep 3, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted senior finds room to run as she finished second at the Spirit Lake meet on Tuesday. EDN photo by David Swartz

OKOBOJI – The Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted girls cross country team had its first look at competition at the Spirit Lake Park Invitational on Monday..

While some runners are still working to get in shape after coming off injuries, host SLP looked solid with five runners finishing in the top 10 for a score of 29.

Led by Brittany Ross’ second-place finish, ELCAR finished second overall with 69 points.

“We’ve got some work today-mostly on our pack running,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton. “That and we need to get our injuries under control.”

Ross finished her race ian unofficial time of 16 minutes, 1 second.

ELCAR senior Scott Schmidt battles for position at the start of Tuesday’s race. EDN photo by David Swartz

Traci Speltz finished 11th in 16:34 followed by Brooke Egeland in 16:51, Emily Jensen in 17:06 and Morgan Grabinoski in 17:29.

“We couldn’t have done much better for our first meet,” said Burton. “I know they’ll get better. We just have to be patient and not force it.”

ELCAR was without the services of senior Liz Larscheid, who is among the injured.

Alyssa Ayers stepped in to fill the varsity spot and finished 29th in 17:41. Samantha Natterstad was 34th in 18:11.

Rounding out the team scoring, Spencer finished third with 84 points followed by Sheldon with 106, MOC-Floyd Valley with 134, Emmetsburg with 164, Western Christian with 171 and Storm Lake with 174.

Krista Pelzer led the junior varsity girls.

In junior varsity action, ELC also finished fourth overall with just five runners competing.

Spirit Lake Park won with 16 points followed by Western Christian with 77, Spencer with 93, ELCAR with 107, Laurens-Marathon with 177 and Cherokee with 191.


An inexperienced ELCAR boys team ran at the Spirit Lake Park meet.

Of the four runners who competed, only senior Scott Schmidt had been in a cross country meet prior to Tuesday.

Phil Roach led ELCAR with a 48th place finish in 19 minutes, 59 seconds.]

Schmidt finished in 53rd in 29:38 followed by Dan Kirchner in 57th in 20:51 and David Roach in 62nd in 22:16.

“I’m pleased with how phil ran. He looked more comfortable,” said Burton. “Scott also ran more relaxed.”

SLP won the team race with 37 points. MOC-Floyd Valley was second with 67 followed by Western Christian with 89, Spencer with 91, Sheldon with 147, LeMars with 153 and Storm Lake with 173.


The ELCAR junior varsity girls team was led by Krista Pelzer, who finished eight in 18:39 followed by Melissa Gjerde in 14th in 19:19 and Megan Karels ran 19:22 for 15th place. Molly Wittmer was 30th in 21:14 and Adreanna Laabs was 40th in 22:51. All times are unofficial.

“Of the five girls, two had never run cross country, so there was some nerves,” said Burton. “I think in our home meet, they’ll do a lot more for us.”

ELCAR hosts its home meet next Tuesday at the Estherville Golf Course.