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Tough day for ELCAR

By Staff | Sep 10, 2008

ELCAR’s Brooke Egeland fights for position at the start of Tuesday’s race at the Estherville Golf Course. EDN photo by David Swartz

The season isn’t starting quite the way the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted girls team hoped.

After taking second place a week ago at the Spirit Lake meet, ELCAR finished third at the home meet on Tuesday.

Spirit Lake Park had another solid showing winning with 38 points with Spencer getting ahead of ELCAR with 89 points for second. The home team finished with 97 points followed by Humboldt with 103, Pocahontas Area with 116 and Algona with 138.

Injuries have played a part in ELCAR’s struggles.

Brooke Egeland stepped up to lead ELCAR with a 10th place finish in 16 minutes, 50.71 seconds.

“Brooke ran an excellent race,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton. “We’ve been working on the last part of the race.”

However, Brittany Ross struggled with a pulled muscle and gutted out a 12th place finish in 16:54 after finishing second at Spirit Lake.

“Brittany had a good beginning,” said Burton, adding that the injury has been a recurring one.

Rounding out the scoring, Traci Speltz finished 18th in 17:10 with Emily Jensen placing 21st in 17:21 and Alyssa Ayers 36th in 18:27.

Non-counting scores were 39th place by Krista Pelzer in 18:42 and 40th by Samantha Natterstad in 18:43.

“We just need to learn how to relax,” said Burton. “Today we had two separate packs and we need to pull them together.”

ELCAR was running without two athletes who expected to run varsity.

Senior Liz Larscheid came up with a leg injury before the Spirit Lake meet.

Morgan Grabinoski was held out of Tuesday’s race, but could be back in action soon.

ELCAR travels to a Galva-Holstein meet on Saturday.