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ELCAR Packed solid

By Staff | Sep 9, 2009

ELCAR seniors Brooke Egeland and Traci Speltz lead the team out of the gates at the 2009 ELCAR Invitational at the Estherville Golf Course on Tuesday. Find more photos at cu.esthervilledailynews.com. EDN photo by David Swartz

Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted’s top four runners put a solid pack together, finishing just 12 seconds apart.

However with their regular fifth runner out of action, ELCAR finished fourth at its home meet with 94 points on Tuesday.

Paige Taylor led the way, placing 13th in 17 minutes, 5 seconds followed by Brooke Egeland in 14th in 17:07, Traci Speltz in 16h in 17:10 and Mackenzie Woodyard in 18th in 17:19.

Krista Pelzer provided the fifth score, placing 33rd in 18:41.

Non-counting scores were a 36th place by Melissa Gjerde in 18:43 and Samantha Natterstad in 42nd in 19:42.

ELCAR’s Melissa Gjerde and Krista Pelzer charge up the hill while trying to pass a Bishop Garrigan runner during Tuesday’s race. EDN photo by David Swartz

“We were missing Bailey Raska-she needed to take the day off,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton. “So I’m happy with the fourth place and how well they did. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Raska is expected to return to the lineup soon and Burton said they can only go up from this point.

Spirit Lake won the meet with 47 points edging Humboldt with 50. Algona was third with 81 followed by ELCAR, Spencer with 113, Emmetsburg with 171 and Pocahontas Area with 186.

JV girls

For her first cross country race, ELCAR freshman Ashley Stinar didn’t do too bad. Her time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds was good enough for first place.

“I was super-impressed with Ashley,” said coach Burton. “I see her only improving and she could be a key player down the road.”

Kayla Bortvit was the only ELCAR JV runner and she finished 19th in 21:18.

JV boys

Martin Christensen was the lone ELCAR boys runner for the second consecutive meet. He finished 22nd overall in 23:51.

“His racing is improved,” said Burton. “But he doesn’t know what he can do yet.”

ELCAR is back in action next Tuesday at Storm Lake