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Kirchner takes eighth

By Staff | May 21, 2010

ELC freshman Emily Kirchner, left, battles Bellevue-Marian’s Sarah Lampe in the fast heat of the Class 2A 400-meter dash on Thursday. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

DES MOINES – With only one athlete with returning state experience, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls track qualifiers did well in the first day at the 2010 State Track and Field Meet.

In the wet, rainy conditions, freshman Emily Kirchner came away with an eighth-place medal in the 400-meter dash. She finished the event in 59.78 seconds.

“I think I could have done better but I gave it my best for today anyway,” said Kirchner. “I just want to come back next year. I felt good on my start, but in the back leg it felt like I was going too slow. (The girl that won her heat, is a four-time state champ and broke her own record set last year). It definitely plays with your mind a little bit. You know you’re not going to get first but it also helps because you’ve got a goal in front of you.”

Teammate Casey Sievert also competed in the event, she finished 17th in 1:02.52.

“Both Casey and Emily did an excellent job,” said ELC coach Tina Burton.. “For them, it was a little scary because they’re used to coming in first and second. It’s a neat experience for them.”

Freshmen Casey Sievert and McKenzie Woodyard complete their exchange in the 4x800-meter relay. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

ELC’s 4×800-meter relay team featured the Midgettes’ one returning state qualifier, Brooke Egeland. She ran the second leg as the relay team finished 12th overall in 10:08.73, bettering their qualifying time of 10:10.

Her teammates in the relay were all freshmen-Macy Dahl, Sievert and Mackenzie Woodyard.

“They were seeded 23rd, so to end up 12th is an excellent surprise,” said Burton. “A few girls had higher expectations, but they’re happy with what they did.”

Also competing Thursday was junior Sadie Winter in the long jump. The wet conditions made the event difficult. She finished 22nd overall with a leap of 22 feet.

Burton said in the wet conditions, Winter’s feet literally slipped when trying to jump.

“It’s hard to attack in those type of conditions,” said Burton. “But this was a great learning experience for her and I expect she’ll come back better next year.”

ELC’s 4×400-meter relay team will compete in the preliminaries today. The sprint medley team competes at 9 a.m. on Saturday.