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ELCAR runs a strong second

By Staff | Oct 14, 2008

HULL – The Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted and Spirit Lake Park girls cross country teams have battled for the past four years at the Lakes Conference meet.

Last year, the Indians eked out a victory by a couple points.

On Monday, ELCAR wasn’t at full strength-which it hasn’t been for most of the season-and Spirit Lake Park literally ran away with its second straight conference crown with 32 points.

ELCAR coach Tina Burton though was still very happy with her team’s solid second-place finish with 75 points.

Brooke Egeland, Traci Speltz and Emily Jensen all earned all-conference honors by virtue of finishing in the top 15 and Bailey Raska and Alyssa Ayers also stepped up their performance to help the team.

“The people who needed to, ran a good race,” said Burton. “Emily ran her best race of the season and we packed close together for quite a while.”

Egeland finished ninth in 16 minutes, 23 seconds while Speltz was 10th in 16:28 and Jensen was 12th in 16:35.

Raska finished 21st in 17:11 with Ayers finishing 22nd in 17:16.

“Bailey came out and ran a strong race as did Alyssa,” said Burton. “They were both trying to stick close to the front of the pack. That was nice to see with the district meet a week away.”

Non-counting scores were a 30th-place finish by Morgan Grabinoski in 17:41 with Samantha Natterstad placing 31st in 17:49.

ELCAR was without three-time all-conference performer Brittany Ross, who has been hampered by a leg injury all season.

The team ends the season at Spencer on Thursday.