SPENCER - With three ranked teams running at the Class 3A girls' state qualifying meet in Spencer, Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted's chances were slim.
Needing to finish in the top three, not even all three ranked teams qualified for state. No. 10 MOC-Floyd Valley came out on top with 46 points while second-ranked Bishop Heelan finished second with 60 points.
Unranked Algona edged out 11th-ranked Spencer 122 to 124.
ELCAR came in seventh with 175 points behind Garner-Hayfield (141) and LeMars (158). Rounding out the scoring were Humboldt and Clear Lake, each with 203 points followed by Webster City with 219, Denison-Schleswig with 321, Sergeant Bluff-Luton with 358 and Storm Lake with 371.
ELCAR assistant coach Connie Humble said the girls got off to a fast start.
"The girls went out fast and stayed with the leaders," said Humble. "They packed well.
However none placed in the top 10, who also qualify for state as individuals.
Briana Enerson paced ELCAR with a 16th-place finish in 16 minutes, 36.12 seconds. McKenzie Woodyard finished 22nd in 16:47.88 followed by Rachel Bates in 30th in 17:00.89, Heather Natterstad in 40th in 17:32.15 and Macy Dahl in 66th in 18:35.22.
Julie Jacobsin finished 70th in 18:51.88 and Colleen Humble finished 75th in 19:03.56.
Running in their final high school race were seniors Woodyard, Dahl and Jacobsin. Paige Taylor is another senior on the team.
"These girls have been such important members to the ELCAR team," said Burton. "We will truly miss them as well and wish them the best of luck with the rest of their senior year and future plans."