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Sanchez races into ELC history

By Staff | May 24, 2011

ELC’s Miguel Sanchez (8) appears to be second in this photo, but winner Nate Kolacia of St. Edmond’s Fort Dodge crossed the finish line six seconds before the rest of the Class 2A 1600-meter contestants on Saturday at the 2011 State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. EDN photo by David Swartz

DES MOINES – Miguel Sanchez worked his way into a third-place medal and third-place all-time in school history in the 1600-meter run on Saturday

The senior ran the Class 2A race in 4 minutes, 33.47 seconds after running back in the pack until the fourth and final lap.

St. Edmond’s Nate Kolacia won the race in 4:26.31 while Sanchez was a second behind second-place Nathan Davis of Clarion Goldfield, who finished in 4:32.12.

Sanchez said Coach Dick Barrett told him to not get boxed in and stay to the outside at the start of the race and then pace himself with the top five runners.

That proved easier said than done as he did get boxed lap in his first lap.

“I made it up in my second lap though,” Sanchez said.

Barrett clocked Sanchez first lap in 2:18 while his second was in 2:15.

“I was worried when he got shoved at the start, but then I knew he was okay later when he put his arms out and shoved two guys out of the way,” said Barrett. “He had an excellent final lap.

Sanchez did run his fastest time of the season and his career by five seconds and felt he had more him.

“I gave it my best,” he said.

His time Saturday makes him the third fastest 1600 runner in school history.

He moves ahead of Matt Juhl, who finished in 4:35.8 in 2008. Dan Duitsman still holds the school record when he ran 4:31.3 in 1999. Scott Brink is second, running 4:32 in 1976.