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ELCAR runs to fourth at Holstein

By Staff | Sep 16, 2008

Traci Speltz

HOLSTEIN – While some members of the cross country teams needed to take a break from running Saturday, the rest of the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted runners ran at the Galva-Holstein Invitational.

With only five varsity runners, ELCAR placed fourth at the meet.

“I was very pleased with how everybody attacked the course,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton.

The girls were led by a fifth-place finish from Traci Speltz, who finished in 17 minutes, 18 seconds.

Brooke Egeland and Emily Jensen weren’t too far behind as Egeland finished 14th in 17:48 and Jensen wa 15th in 17:49.

Samantha Natterstad ended 44th in 19:45 while Bailey Raska was 46th in 19:54.

“With this race, I told the girls they could relax and try something new,” said Burton. “Traci ran probably the best race of her life. Brooke ran a strong first half of the race and Emily also ran a strong race.”

Sioux City North won the girls race with 57 points followed by Bishop Heelan with 77, Sioux City East with 81 and ELCAR with 124.

Rounding out the scoring were Denison-Schleswig with 152 points, Carroll Kuemper with 153, MOC0Floyd Valley with 173, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto with 195, Sioux City West with 202, Southern Cal/Rock Valley with 240 and Okoboji with 275.

Boys race

The ELCAR boys team also had just five guys competing.

Mike Radig led the way with a 59th-place finish in 20:21 followed closely by Dan Kirchner, who finished 60th in 20:23. Jon Abrahamson was 76th in 21:28 with Scott Schmidt 75 in 21:34 and David Roach in 91st in 23:28.

“Mike tried to run toward the top half of the pack and he and Dan ran well together,” said Burton.

Abrahamson’s first-ever meet was at Estherville last Tuesday.

“He ran a more comfortable race for the first half and then started picking people off,” said Burton.

Junior varsity girls

Three ELCAR junior varsity runners also competed.

Krista Pelzer led the way with a 12th-place finish in 20:21.

“She’s a sprinter running cross country, so she out-kicked a lot of people at the end,” said Burton.

Melissa Gjerde placed 14th in 20:34 and Adreanna Laabs was 61st in 23:39.

Burton hopes to have a full squad today when the team travels to Storm Lake.