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Duitsman earns trip to State XC

ELC teams place 12th

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Oct 25, 2020

ELC Coach Jesse Nitchals’ first state qualifier is freshman Parker Duitsman. Duitsman will run Saturday at the Class 2A State Meet in Fort Dodge. Photo submitted

ORANGE CITY — Parker Duitsman will represent Estherville Lincoln Central at the 2020 Class 2A State Cross Country Meet after qualifying at Thursday’s regional meet in Orange City.

Duitsman clocked in at 18 minutes, 17 seconds to place 14th overall.

He will race in the Class 2A Boys Race at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

“Parker’s strategy was to go out and run his race,” said ELC coach Jesse Nitchals. “He knew he was capable of competing with the top 15 runners. Parker understood that the inclement weather was not a factor and all runners had to run in the same conditions. He has been training hard and preparing for this type of competition all year. All year I have been watching Parker mentally prepare himself to compete with the best runners in every meet. I am excited for Parker and I am looking forward to watching him compete at the 2A State Cross Country meet.”

As a team, the ELC boys placed 12th overall with 318 points. Will Martin placed 71st in 22:21, Jacob Knudson placed 75th in 22:40, Caleb Lausen placed 76th in 22:59, Gary Gardner placed 82nd in 23:32, and Isaac Reineke placed 86th in 27:01.

ELC girls place 12th

In the girls’ race, ELC also finished 12th as a team, but none were able to crack the top 15 to earn a state berth.

Freshman Jasey Anderson led ELC, placing 33rd in 23:09 followed by Allison Young in 60th in 24:42. Emerson Blair placed 72dn in 25:34, Maggie Domek placed 73rd in 25:47, and Katelyn Myers placed 76th in 25:53.

ELC had four seniors this season–Allison Young, Maggie Domek, Adrienne Rosfjord, and Gary Gardner. Rosfjord was unable to compete due to an injury.

“The four senior cross country runners have been great leaders this year,” said coach Nitchals. ” It has been nice having seniors with the experience not only help the younger runners but also myself as this is my 1st year coaching cross country. I would like to give a special shout out to senior Adrienne Rosfjord, she has been so helpful this year. Due to injury she was unable to participate this year in XC but has helped every meet with timing and organizing the runners, I called her coach Rosfjord, and she definitely served as not only a team captain/senior leader she also was a great assistant coach. I wish her the best in the future and hope she continues running at the next level.

“Allison Young was also a senior and leader this year, I watched her improve every meet not only with her placing and times but her strong leadership skills in practice and meets,” the coach said. “Allison was making her way up to compete in meets and medaling in many meets this year. I really liked the way she ended the year fighting through an injured hip and being able to compete in her last high school meet.

“Maggie Domek was the most vocal leader/senior on the team, she always was the first to let the team and coaches know what to do in a respectful way. If the coaches and team were to hand out the best teammate award it would go to Maggie. She was encouraging and helpful all season long.

“Last but not least is Gary Gardner, the only boy senior and the team’s most likable runner. As coaches we loved the way he approached practice and would give 100 percent on every rep and practice. We appreciate how he made others around him better. This was Gary’s first year out for cross country and he did great everyday.

“I want to wish these four seniors the best of luck in their futures and thank you for a great first year as the ELC cross country coach,” Nitchals said.

Class 2A State Qualifying Meet

@ Orange City

Girls Team Scores: Cherokee 66, Unity Christian 71, Sibley-Ocheyedan 74, Woodbury Central-KP 76, Okoboji 90, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 151, Sioux Central 234, Western Christian 246, West Lyon 256, Spirit Lake 279, West Sioux 304, ELC 314, Sheldon 352.

Boys Team Scores: Western Christian 42, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 84, Unity Christian 114, Okoboji 118, Sheldon 150, Spirit Lake 151, Cherokee 207, Sioux Central 241, West Lyon 243, OA-BCIG 279, West Sioux 312, ELC 318, Sibley-Ocheyedan 43