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ELCAR runs to third

By Staff | Sep 2, 2009

ELCAR runners, from left to right, Paige Taylor, Brooke Egeland, Mackenzie Woodyard and Bailey Raska had a nice pack midway through Tuesday’s race hosted by Spirit Lake at Brooks Golf Course. Find more photos at cu.esthervilledailynews.com. EDN photo by David Swartz

OKOBOJI – For the most part, the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted girls improved their times in the second meet of the season.

However with a tough Unity Christian team and rival Spirit Lake in the mix, ELCAR finished third at the Spirit Lake meet with 70 points.

Unity Christian took top honors with 47 points followed by Spirit Lake with 56.

Traci Speltz led ELCAR with a third-place finish and a tighter pack helped the team.

However, two Unity Christian runners finished ahead of Speltz even though she cut off 42 seconds from her time at last week’s meet in Spencer.

Freshman Martin Christensen ran his first high school cross country race Tuesday.

This week she finished in 15 minutes, 58 seconds.

“Traci ran a perfect race-a smart race,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton.

Paige Taylor, Bailey Raska and Mackenzie Woodyard also all stepped up their pace, finishing 10th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

“I’m proud of how they finished and pushed forward,” said Burton. “They realized the could do it and went after it.”

Taylor finished in 16:33 with Raska in 16:43 and Woodyard in 16:44.

Brooke Egeland, bothered by a leg injury, didn’t finish as strongly as she finished 28th in 17:19.

“Brooke’s leg wasn’t feeling the best,” said Burton. “We’ve been resting it most of the week. I think we have to go back to the drawing board.”

Also running varsity were Krista Pelzer , who finished 45th in 18:23 and Melissa Gjerde was 49th in 18:40.

Junior varsity girls

In junior varsity action, Samantha Natterstad finished seventh in 18:55 and Alyssa Ayers returned to the lineup with a 13th place finish in 19:12.

Junior varsity boys

ELCAR had just one male runner on the track for the second consecutive week. Freshman Martin Christensen made his debut with a 69th place finish in 22:21.

“It was a learning race for him,” said Burton. “He works hard to keep up with the others. We just need to get him to run at an even pace.”

ELCAR hosts its home meet next Tuesday. The JV girls start at 5 p.m.