A work in progress
EMMETSBURG – Improvement and developing a competitive spirit were the two criteria Estherville Lincoln Central boys track coach Dick Barrett determined would define success for the Midgets in 2010.
Thus far in the season, ELC has continued to strive for those two goals and after another solid showing at the Clint Stille Relays in Emmetsburg on Tuesday, the Midgets look to be even closer to achieving them.
ELC took fifth place at the meet with a total of 48 points, however, the Midgets showed promise in several events.
Senior thrower Kyle Farmer had a career day in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 10 inches – 10 inches better than his previous best throw.
Riley Curry also threw a career best in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 3 1/2 inches.
Miguel Sanchez looked especially strong in both his individual events and his leg of the 4×800-meter relay.
“I thought Miguel Sanchez had an outstanding meet tonight,” said Barrett. “It was his third meet of the season and he has been great for me.”
Sanchez took fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 13.98 seconds, took fifth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:07.23 and joined the 4×800 team of Alex Blomquist, Joe Clayton and Lee Bates that took fourth with a time of 9:08.49.
The distance medley team of Ryan Vos, Adam McCarthy, Ty Wilson and Blomquist took third in a time of 3:57.44 and the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relay teams of Vos, McCarthy, Wilson and Marcus Christensen took fourth in 47.18 seconds.
McCarthy and Vos are two athletes who have continued to impress Barrett with their performances as well as their competitive spirit.
“They have been improving all year long in their relays,” said Barrett. “I talked about competitiveness before the meet and it’s something I just have to keep drilling into their heads. You can tell they’re starting to respond.”
Matt Zebedee took fourth in the discuss with a throw of 114 feet, 10 inches. Zebedee responded well after teammate Brennan Nyren struggled with his throws.
“Matt did a great job in the discuss tonight,” said Barrett. “Brennan struggled a little bit with the slick surface and it threw him off.”
Christensen took fifth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.29 and Jay Smith placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.39.