Myers wraps up XC career, places 20th at State

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FORT DODGE - Estherville Lincoln Central senior Taylor Myers wrapped up his high school cross country career with a 20th place finish at the Class 2A Boys Meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday.

Making his fourth trip to the state meet, Myers finished 10th a year ago and recorded his best time in 16 minutes, 55 seconds on the 5K course.

On Saturday, he finished 10 seconds off that time in 17:05.7.

"Taylor ran a great race at state," said ELC coach Kyle Steffen, who finishes his first year as coach of the Midgets' cross country program. "Taylor got out of the start in great position and didn't let himself get blocked in going into the first turn. He attacked the course including overtaking some guys going up hill. It was a cold windy day and Taylor is still recovering from an illness, so his determination was all the more impressive."

Myers said his strategy was to stay with the top two packs.

"For the first two miles, I was right there within the top 15," Myers said. "Going up into the start of the third mile I began to fall back and others started to pass. Going into the final straightaway to the finish I began to push harder in hopes to gain a few places."

Junior Dylan Darsidan of Camanche won the 2A race by 8 tenths of a second in 16:02.0 ahead of Bellevue junior Brady Griebel, who finished in 16:02.8.

Myers was one of 10 seniors in the top 20. From the Lakes Conference, only sophomore Tage Hulstein of Western Christian finished ahead of Myers, placing sixth in 16:34. Senior Bryce Kremer of Cherokee placed 37th in 17:23.

"As coaches, we are so proud of a top 20 finish in the State, but even more impressed of his work throughout the season," said Steffen. "Taylor is not only a top runner in the state, but throughout the season he participated in marching band, student council, the fall play, and many other activities. Taylor has been a great athlete and leader on our team. We are excited to see all of his future successes."

Myers is a two-time Lakes Conference individual champion, winning the honor earlier this season and as a sophomore.

"Overall I think that my high school cross country career was a success," said Myers. "I believe this because I am the only senior this year that has qualified all four years individually for class 2A for the state meet. Along with that, I am one of few who holds multiple conference championship titles."

While Myers still has his senior track season to look forward to this spring, he is uncertain if he will continue his running career at the next level.

"My future plans are tentatively attending Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., to either earn my bachelor's or master's in Cyber Operations," said Myers. "I am still undecided if I am going to run or not."

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