ELC wraps up 2017 State Track run
DES MOINES – With only one returning state qualifier in the lineup, Estherville Lincoln Central did well just to return to state in both the 4×100 and 4×200 relays this season.
While the Midgets didn’t come away with any medals at the 2017 State Track and Field Meet, both ELC’s seniors and underclassmen will treasure the experience.
ELC’s 4×200 relay team of Ryan McDonald, Briar Rowley, Robert Sheridan and Myles McDonald ran first on Thursday afternoon. The final handoff took place out of the exchange zone and the Midget foursome was disqualified. ELC was one of three teams that were disqualified at one of the coldest state meets.
The Midgets came back and did better in the 4×100 as the team of Ryan McDonald, Evan Olesen, Sheridan and Myles McDonald finished 15th in 44.95 seconds.
“I was happy to see that we ran under 45 seconds like we have most of the year,” said ELC coach Dick Barrett. “If we had equaled our best of 44.60, we would have been in the top eight.”
Barrett noted Myles McDonald was the only returning state qualifier from a year ago and was part of the school record teams in both the 4×100 and 4×200. This year’s sprint groups are both have the fifth best time in school year.
“The guys who stepped in had a great season for us,” said Barrett. “We lose two seniors in Myles and Robert. However, we’ll have three returning experienced runners for the sprint relays next year with Ryan, Evan and Briar.”
On Saturday, Jacob Heinrichs competed in the 800-meter run and finished 23rd in 2:07.26. While about 2 seconds slower than his district time, it was still the junior’s second fastest time of the year.
“Jacob was able to get the experience of competing at state,” said Barrett. “With him and the three sprinters, it gives us four guys returning with state experience next year, which is always a plus.
“I’m real proud of the team-they displayed good attitudes all year long,” he said.