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Running against the wind

By Staff | Sep 29, 2009

Traci Speltz crests the hill at the start of the girls varsity race at the Algona Invitational held at the Whittemore Golf Course on Monday. Frind more photos at cu.esthervilledailynews.com. EDN photos by Matt Heinrichs

WHITTEMORE -Run like the wind took on a whole new meaning for Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted Monday at the Whittemore golf course.

On a day where winds were gusting upwards of 40 miles-per-hour, ELCAR struggled to catch any in their sails.

“It wasn’t one of our best days,” said ELCAR coach Tina Burton. “They really did the best they could under the circumstances. We have two or three runners battling colds or the flu. But they fought through it and that’s all I can ask.”

Brooke Egeland led the way with a 15th place finish in 16 minutes, 41 seconds.

Traci Speltz took 18th place in 16:49.

At right, senior Jay Smith competes in his first race this season for ELCAR

Paige Taylor placed 39th in 17:25.

McKenzie Woodyard finished in 40th with a time of 17:25.

Ashley Stinar took 68th place in 18:37 and Alyssa Ayers placed 70th in 18:42.

The girls all ran with white ribbons in their hair in support of former ELCAR runner Amy Jensen, who is battling cancer.

“We just wanted to do something to show our support, and that we are thinking of her,” said Brooke Egeland.

Boys’ race

ELCAR had two boys competing in the meet.

Jay Smith placed 61st in 19:41 and Martin Christensen placed 95th in 21:43.

For Smith, it was his first action of the year. “Jay set his goals high and went after them,” said Burton. “He ran well for his first time out this year.”

ELCAR returns to action next Tuesday at Eagle Grove.