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Four events punch ticket to state

By Staff | May 16, 2014

SIOUX CENTER – The Estherville Lincoln Central Boys Track could be sending a host of athletes to the 2014 Class 2A State Track Meet.

The Midgets finished second in three individual events and one relay at the district meet in Sioux Center on Thursday. Those all earn an automatic berth to state.

ELC had some other good times, which are provisional on awaiting the results of the Class 2A District Meet in Dike as that meet was postponed to Friday.

ELC senior Joe Heinrichs may have the opportunity to compete in four events at state while fellow senior Cody Davis could compete in three.

Heinrichs anchored the second-place 4×800-meter relay team, which finished in a season-best 8 minutes, 2.45 seconds. Davis led off the relay followed by Lee Christensen, Rod Fuller and Heinrichs.

Heinrichs also took second in the 1600-meter run in 4 minutes, 39.62 seconds, a little more than a second behind the winner.

Also qualifying were Chase Bonner in the shot put as he threw a career-best 48 feet, 5 inches in that event.

Justin Heinrichs finished second in the 400-meter low hurdles in 56.35 seconds after hitting the first hurdle. If not for that, the junior could have bested his school record time of 55.86 seconds.

Sitting on the ends of qualifying were the third-place medley relay and 4×400-meter relay teams. The medley team of Dan Christensen, Kyle DeVary, Davis and Joe Heinrichs ran a season-best time of 3:42.32 while the 4×400 team of Davis, Justin Heinrichs, DeVary and Joe Heinrichs ran a season-best 3:39.26.

Two other possible qualifiers are Fuller in the 800-meter run as he finished fourth in 2:05 58 and Nic Peters in the 3200-meter run. Peters placed third in a career-best time of 10:27.55.

ELC finished fourth overall with 70 points.

“I’m very proud of the effort of my team,” said ELC coach Dick Barrett. “I think we rose to the occasion and performed about as well as we possibly could.”

Complete ELC results are below.

800-meter run: 4, Rod Fuller 2:05.78

1600-meter run: 2, Joe Heinrichs 4:39.62; 5, Lee Christensen 4:48

3200-meter run: 3, Nic Peters 10:27.55

400-meter hurdles: 2, Justin Heinrichs 56.35 seconds

4×100-meter relay: 5, ELC (Dan Christensen, Avery Hansen, Carsten Bosch, Trevor Shryock) 46.96 seconds

4×200-meter relay: 5, ELC (Dan Christensen, Avery Hansen, Bosch, Kyle DeVary) 1:38.28

4×400-meter relay: 3, ELC (Davis, Justin Heinrichs, DeVary, Joe Heinrichs) 3:30.76

4×800-meter relay: 3, ELC (Davis, Lee Christensen, Fuller, Joe Heinrichs) 8:21.45

Medley relay: 3, ELC (Dan Christensen, DeVary, Davis, Joe Heinrichs) 3:42.32

Long jump: 7, Zain Dostal 18-4.5; 8, Dalton Christoffer 18-4.5

Shot put: 2, Chase Bonner 48-5.5