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By Staff | Oct 24, 2008

The Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted Girls Cross Country Team will make its third consecutive appearance at the Class 3A state meet following a second-place finish at the regional meet at the Whittemore Golf Course on Thursday. From left to right are Brittany Ross, Bailey Raska, Alyssa Ayers, Brooke Egeland, Emily Jensen, Morgan Grabinoski, Traci Speltz and alternate Samantha Natterstad. EDN photo by David Swartz

WHITTEMORE – Yes, the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted girls cross country team will make its third straight trip to the Class 3A state meet following the second-place finish at Whittemore on Thursday.

Helped by the return of senior Brittany Ross to the lineup, the ELCAR finished with 86 points-solidly between Ballard-Huxley’s 71 points and Bishop Heelan’s with 113 points.

All three teams are rated with Ballard-Huxley at No. 7, ELCAR at No. 14 and Heelan at No. 11 and advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 1.

No. 13 Garner-Hayfield was left on the outside looking in as they finished with 116 points.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton. “We knew they were capable and they just had to run a good race. A couple girls felt they didn’t run as well as they could’ve, but they packed together and went out after it.”

ELCAR’s Traci Speltz, Emily Jensen, Alyssa Ayers and Brooke Egeland start quickly in the crowd at Thursday’s race. EDN photo by David Swartz

The top 10 finishers also qualify for state individually and Ross finished ninth in 16 minutes, 27 seconds.

Brooke Egeland and Traci Speltz were close behind as Egeland was 12th in 16:35 and Speltz placed 13th in 16:41.

“I was happy to have an individual qualifier and Brooke and Traci continue to run together and push each other,” said Burton.

Rounding out the team scoring, Emily Jensen placed 19th in 17:00 with Bailey Raska placing 34th in 17:33.

Non-counting scores were Alyssa Ayers in 41st in 17:43 and Morgan Grabinoski placed 47th in 17:58.

Bailey Raska finishes strong for ELCAR.

‘It was a great team effort,” said Burton. “We came out and pulled together.

“Now we need to gear up and get a game plan for state!”