Moving on up
HULL – With Algona postponing its meet on Monday, Estherville Lincoln Central found a meet to run Tuesday at Hull. The ELC girls ran to a ninth-place finish while the boys placed 10th.
“Hull isn’t in our regular season but due to Algona postponing their meet to next Monday, the day before we are supposed to run at Eagle Grove, we knew we needed to find another meet this week,” said ELC coach Tina Burton. “It’s been awhile since I’ve had a team at that course but the runners really liked the course a lot so it helped with the drive to be competitive. “
In the girls’ race, Riley Christoffer led ELC as she placed 21st in 22 minutes, 33.78 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. Karley Hanson came next as she placed 29th in 23:03.17 with Taylor Morris placing 53rd in 24:28.73, Laura Humble placing 54th in 24:35.38 and Kylie Quastad placing 56th in 24:37.40.
“Riley claimed her spot early in the race and battled to stay in place,” said Burton. “I’m happy she took a risk and put herself out there. She doesn’t quite know what she has in the tank. I keep telling them to take chances to see what they can do and I feel like Riley put herself out there well tonight.
“Another one was Kylie Quastad. Sometimes the mental game you play can have more of an impact than the physical game,” the coach said. “Kylie stepped up tonight and ran relaxed and confident and showed herself that she is still capable of doing a lot for the team. We talked about not getting discouraged and about not putting too much pressure on herself to perform. I needed her to just go out and run and tonight she did just that. She finished and had a smile on her face. That’s all I needed to see.”
Also for ELC, Melissa Gruwell placed 69th in 25:00.76 and Madison Burton placed 74th in 26:51.10.
The ELC boys had two runners in the top 20. Kevin Dong placed 14th in 18:09.29 while Taylor Myers placed 16th in 18:19.26.
“Kevin and Taylor were up against some great runners tonight-fast out of the gate and hard to keep within reach, but they both battled very well,” said coach Burton. “Taylor has a great start; his confidence waivers a bit in the middle but he finishes strong. At one point he was close to 20th spot but the last half mile he moved up closer. Kevin has an outstanding first and second mile but is gassed by the last mile. We still have some race strategy for them to figure out as we move into the last few weeks of the season. I know they are both gunning for a shot at Conference and State. I’d like to see them both do it. They’ve worked hard and deserve it.”
Also for ELC, Drew Condon placed 71st in 20:23.80, Ethan Traff placed 75th in 20:42.82 and Jacob Jensen placed 79th in 21:08.32. Also running, Marcus Smith placed 82nd in 21:22.23 and Jose Saavedra placed 90th in 22:57.30.
In the girls’ junior varsity race, ELC’s Bailey Spiegeler placed 20th in 25:52.10, Vanessa Vedder placed 30th in 26:59.85, Maggi Rezac placed 33rd in 27:11.20 and Erika Olson placed 46th in 27:58.53.
In the junior varsity boys’ race, Riley Theesfeld placed seventh in 19:43.23, Chaz Berg placed 84th in 23:38.31 and Toby Jensen placed 100th in 25:18.26.
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Girls Varsity Team Scores
1, Le Mars 54; 2, Okoboji 83; 3, Unity Christian 114; 4, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 119; 5, MOC-Floyd Valley 119; 6, Western Christian 134; 7, Spirit Lake 159; 8, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 197; 9, ELC 199; 10, OA-BCIG 227; 11, Woodbury Central-Kingsley-Pierson 276
Boys Varsity Team Scores
1, Unity Christian 58; 2, Western Christian 81; 3, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 82; 4, Spirit Lake 113; 5, Sioux Center 161; 6, Le Mars 174; 7, MOC-Floyd Valley 186; 8, Trinity Christian 211; 9, Okoboji 245; 10, ELC 255, 11, OABCIG 270; 12, Woodbury Central/K-P 288; 13, BHRV 313; 14, Gehlen Catholic 381