Two medals for ELC
DES MOINES – The Estherville Lincoln Central Girls 4×800-meter relay team proved to be one of the best in Class 2A after a seventh-place finish at the 2011 State Track Meet Thursday.
The quartet of Macy Dahl, Brianna Enerson, Casey Sievert and McKenzie Woodyard finished in a season-best time of 9 minutes, 59.2 seconds.
Lakes Conference rival Western Christian proved the top 4×800 team finishing in 9:38.03, a half-step ahead of Jesup which clocked in at 9:38.14. Fourth-place Hudson finished 4 seconds ahead of ELC in 9:55.76.
ELC coach Tina Burton said all four of her runners ran well. The 4×800 team was helped by an opening 2:22 split by Dahl.
“It’s very exciting to run against good competition,” said Dahl.
Enerson, competing for the first time a state, said she feels the team did very well.
“It was fun and I enjoy running at state on the blue track,” Enerson said.
“We came in seeded fourth, but we’re just real excited to medal,” said Sievert. “I ran one of my better times and felt strong the whole race.”
Woodyard said she had a great handoff from Sievert and she also ran her best time of the season.
“I’m excited to come back next year and do even better,” said Woodyard.
Dahl, Sievert and Woodyard are sophomores while Enerson is a freshman.
Emily Kirchner equaled her 2010 eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash even though she ran faster on Thursday. The sophomore finished the race in 59.19 seconds. That time would’ve placed her fourth in 2010, but 2011 obviously featured a stronger field.
“This time I tried to run as hard as a could instead of just the last 200,” said Kirchner. “I fell good about the race with my best time of the year.”
Sievert, running in the same heat as Kirchner, dropped nearly two seconds from her 2010 state time. On Thursday, she ran the race in 1:00.88 and finished 13th. In 2010, her time of 1:02.52 was good for 18th place.
“I was really happy with a p.r. (personal record) for my last race (of the year),” said Sievert.
Hudson’s Marisa Evera won the 400-meter dash in 57.18 seconds.
In other competition Thursday, both ELC’s shuttle hurdle relay and shot put participants finished 18th in their respective events.
The shuttle hurdle team of Sadie Winter, Megan Karels, Irlanda Cabrales and Ashley Weston finished the preliminaries in 1:11.43.
“The girls know they could’ve run better, but did what they could today,” said Burton.
The quartet’s goal was to run at least in 1:09. Eight other teams ran between 1:09 and 1:10 and took fifth through 12th place. However West Fork led the field in the preliminaries with a 1:05.31-three seconds faster than second-place Aplington-Parkersburg. The top eight teams qualify for Saturday’s finals.
“I felt like I had a good start and felt the team did a good job,” said Winter. “It’s not the best we have done, but it’s still a good job.”
Cabrales said she was a little nervous, but not as much as districts.
Karels, a junior competing in high school track for her first year. felt she ran a strong race.
“We made it to state and that’s an accomplishment,” Karels said.
“I felt like we could’ve done better,” said Weston. Once you get to state , your nerves get to you. I felt a could’ve done better.”
Weston completes a stellar senior year after helping the girls’ basketball team make it to the state tournament and qualifying for state track
In her first trip to state, senior Morgan Schichtl placed 18th in the shot put. Her first throw was 33 feet, 6 1/2 inches, which proved to be her top throw of the day.?She has thrown better this year.
“It’s not what I wanted, but my goal was to get down here,” said Schichtl. “I’m happy to end my career on the blue track.”
The ELC girls team had just one event left at the state track meet. Allie Sievert will compete in the high jump at 11:30 a.m.
The ELC boys distance medley team runs at noon.