The Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted cross-country teams had some good performances-but also a little misfortune-as they hosted an invitational at the Estherville Golf Course on Tuesday.
The ELCAR girls team was without two senior varsity runners-McKenzie Woodyard, who hasn't been able to compete yet this season and Paige Taylor, who was unable to run Tuesday as she overheated before the race.
However, senior Claire Christensen stepped up with a credible performance and frontrunners senior Macy Dahl and junior Heather Natterstad also did well as ELAR finished fourth with 115 points.
Above, ELCAR’s Colleen Humble (headband) and Claire Christensen charge one of the many hills on the cross-country course at the Estherville Golf Club.
EDN photos by David Swartz
"Claire keeps improving every day and there's still more to see from her." said ELCAR coach Tina Burton. "Macy and Heather had an outstanding finish and they came across strong. I like to see them competing.
"The girls our getting stronger and the kids are making goals and working toward them," she added.
Natterstad and Dahl came in with a photo finish for 12th and 13th place, respectively with times of 17 minutes even and 17:01.
Rachel Bates finished 19th in 17:31 while Brianna Enerson finished 30th in 18:30 and Chrisetnsen finishes 41st in 19:44.
Also, Colleen Humble placed 47th in 20:47.
Spencer won with 61 points followed by Algona with 69 and Spirit Lake with 110.
In the boys race ELCAR started with a full team, but senior Adam Reiter was unable to finish due to an ankle injury.
Lee Christensen led ELCAR's effort as he placed 24th in 19:32 over the 5K course. Martin Christensen placed 36th in 20:28 while Nic Peters placed 42nd in 21:06 and Kelly Clabaugh placed 48th in 23:16.
"Lee had an outstanding start-but it was too fast and he's not used to it," said coach Burton. "But he challenged himself, which was good to see. Estherville is a hard course to do that though.
"Also Martin keeps showing improvement," she added.
Junior Varsity Girls
The ELCAR junior varsity girls came up with a home victory with 32 points. Spencer fielded the only other complete JV team and finished with 36 points.
Julie Solvin-Jacobsen, a foreign exchange student attending school at North Union and competing for the first time for ELCAR, won the JV race in 18:01.
"Julie is a super addition to the team," said Burton. "She's only been here a week, but she'll obviously vie for a varsity spot."
ELCAR had four other top 10 finishes as Hannah Newton placed forth in 20 minutes, Emily Jorgenson placed eighth in 20:26, Taylor Karels placed ninth in 21:16 and Coral Franklin placed 10th in 21:20.
Also running, Maddie More placed 15th in 21:50, Kristain Peterson placed 17th in 22:09, Emily Slaughter placed 22nd in 23:17 and Emilee Olson placed 23rd in 23:46.
The ELCAR teams travel to Storm Lake next Tuesday.