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ELCAR finishes ninth in 3A

By Staff | Nov 4, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted runners spread out at the start of Saturday’s Class 3A race. From left to right, are Bailey Raska (159), Morgan Grabinoski (157), Samantha Natterstad (hidden behind runner 107), Brooke Egeland (156), Emily Jensen, Traci Speltz and Brittany Ross (160). EDN photos by David Swartz

FORT DODGE – Rated 12th headed into the state meet, the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted proved it was a little better than that, finishing ninth out of 15 teams at the Class 3A meet on Saturday.

No. 4 Mount Vernon-Lisbon leaped over several teams for the 3A title with 70 points to edge past No. 3 Williamsburg’s 74 points.

No. 5 Wahlert Dubuque was third with 109 points while top-rated Decorah fell out of the medal round with 127 points.

ELCAR actually tied No. 9 Atlantic with 217 points but Atlantic held the tiebreaker as their sixth runner finished ahead of ELCAR’s sixth runner.

Overall, ELCAR runners finished 30, 45, 61, 88, 91, 107 and 119. Displacement scoring, which discards the placing of individual qualifiers to create the team scoring was 18, 27, 39, 65, 68, 84 96. The top five scores are added together for the team score.

Morgan Grabinoski and Sam Natterstad battle for position.

Senior Brittany Ross was the first to cross the finish line for ELCAR with her time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds. Junior Brooke Egeland finished in 16:01 followed by junior Traci Speltz in 16:21, freshman Bailey Raska in 16:53 and senior Emily Jensen in 16:55.

Ross, who’s suffered from an injury all season, said she pushed through the pain to do the best she could.

“Now I’m going to take the next couple of months off,” she said.

“I got out stronger than districts,” said Egeland. “It’s just awesome to be down here..

Speltz said she had a big improvement from last year.

“I’m really happy about that,” she said.

Raska said that this was her best race of her career thus far.

Jensen ends her career.

“I thought I had a really good season and it was a lot of fun,” she said.

Sophomore Samantha Natterstad finished in 17:15 and senior Morgan Grabinoski in 17:40, both were running their first time at state.

“There was a lot more competition than I expected,” said Natterstad. “But I ran my best time ever so I’m very proud of myself.”

“It’s intimidating. There’s a lot of runners here.” said Grabinoski. “It wasn’t my best race, but it was a good last race.”

“I thought the girls ran great,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton. “I think Brittany, Brooke and Traci all finished in better spots than they had last year. Sam and Bailey, who never ran at state before, really stepped up.”

Of course losing four seniors will make a return to state a challenge next year.

“We’ll miss the seniors,” said Burton. “They all bring something different to the team. It was a good last performance.”

Top-rated Sara Dickinson, a junior from Oskaloosa, beat the whole 3A field by 38 seconds with her time of 14:10.