ELC sprint medley wins heat
DES MOINES – Making the final appearance for Estherville Lincoln Central at the 2010 State Track and Field meet, the girls sprint medley team did not dissapoint.
The Midgettes placed first in their heat following an excellent 400-meter anchor leg by freshman phenom Emily Kirchner, who raced past three other runners and edged Fort Dodge St. Edmond’s Theresa Doyle down the stretch before collapsing on the “Big Blue Oval.”
“My team gave me a really good spot and kept us close to the first four or five girls,” said Kirchner. “It felt really good. It was a good day to run.”
Sophomore Sadie Winter got the Midgettes started with the opening 100-meter leg of the race and handed off to Maggie McCauley in the middle of the pack.
“I just wanted to run fast and get into the top four,” said Winter. “I thought I got out of the blocks well and our handoff was pretty good.”
Following her 100-meter run, McCauley handed off to junior Molly Wittmer who did well to stay within the top five before turning it over to Kirchner.
“I thought I did pretty good overall,” said Wittmer. “Our hand off was good and Emily did the rest.”
Following the state meet, the future looks bright for the Midgettes as they will return all but one state qualifier, senior Brooke Egeland, for the 2011 track season.
According to Kirchner, the experience was invaluable.
“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but it was all about coming down here and seeing all the competition and it gets us ready for next year.”