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One for the ages

By Staff | May 18, 2010

Emily Kirchner stole the show at the district track meet on Friday, as the freshman broke the ELC record in the 400-meter dash for the second time in one week. Photo submitted

GARNER – It’s not often that freshmen steal the show at a district track meet, but it’s clear that this class of freshmen for Estherville Lincoln Central is anything but ordinary as the Midgettes qualified eight runners for state – five freshmen – in five events.

However, one frosh stood out from the rest as Emily Kirchner – for the second time in one week – broke the ELC school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.68 seconds and also brought the Midgettes from fourth to second in the final leg of the sprint medley relay.

“(The sprint medley) was a nail biter,” said ELC coach Tina Burton. ” We knew going in that Dike New Hartford was going to be tough they have the state title. In working out the line up we tried to look at best case scenarios and we knew they were going to have to have a perfect start, flawless handoffs and they were going to have to go after personal best times on a personal and team level. They did all of those things. When Emily got the baton we were in fourth place and she’s proving to be a real gutsy runner and pulled the team into a solid second.”

The 4×400-meter relay team of Kirchner, Macy Dahl, McKenzie Woodyard and Casey Sievert were named district champions with a time of 4 minutes, 15 seconds.

“A freshman squad are district champs,” said Tina Burton. “What else can I say? They did absolutely awesome.”

Freshman weren’t the only contributors on Friday, however, as senior Brooke Egeland joined the team of Dahl, Sievert and Woodyard in the 4×800-meter relay team that placed second with a time of 10:10.