SPIRIT LAKE - The Estherville Lincoln Central girls showed improvement in running to a fifth-place finish at the Spirit Lake Co-Ed Invitational on Tuesday.
"I'm seeing improved times throughout the whole team," said ELC coach Tina Burton. "Hand-offs are running smoother as our starts. Things are starting to fall into place. We are impressed with all the athletes and how they filled in to relays when we have injured runners. This has probably been one of the better years where we have teammates who are willing to do more than expected. I couldn't be prouder of them all."
Burton said Hannah Olson had one of the standout performances of the night.
"She got a glimpse of how to really run the 400 tonight," said Burton. "She has more in the tank and more to learn, but she really improved her time tonight and showed that she's earned some top spots on relays.
"Natalie Lausen and Ieshia Klein continue to be consistent with their races," the coach continued. "They are probably are two quietest on the team and sometimes can be overlooked but these two ladies really do an outstanding job on the track. Their hand-offs are top notch and they work really well with anyone."
ELC returns to action Monday at Armstrong.
Spirit Lake Co-ed Invitational
ELC Girls Results
100-meter dash 5, Natalie Lausen 14.07
200-meter dash 5, Ieshia Klein 30.16
400-meter dash 4, Hannah Olson 1:06.48
800-meter run 5, Vanessa Blanco 2:43.48
4x100-meter relay 6, ELC (Bailey Spiegeler, Klein, Lausen, Lena McCoy) 55.81
4x200-meter relay 4, ELC (Emma Stevens, Riley Christoffer, Taylor Morris, Spiegeler) 1:58.83
4x400-meter relay 5, ELC (Hannah Olson, Kylie Quastad, Christoffer, Domanique Richardson) 4:35.79
4x800-meter relay 4, ELC (Blanco, Quastad, Christoffer, Reardon) 11:37.97
Sprint medley 4, ELC (Lausen, Klein, Spiegeler, Olson) 2:04.23
Shuttle hurdle relay 1, ELC (Stevens, Ember Bechtel, Kenlee Schilling, Laura Humble) 1:25.46
Long jump 4, Brooke Vermeys 14' 4 1/2"
Team Scores: Spencer 211, Spirit Lake Park 96, Okoboji 90, Cherokee 68, ELC 39, North Union 36, South O'Brien 27