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ELC runners ready to run at State

October 27, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Taylor Myers and Riley Christoffer will represent Estherville Lincoln Central in the Class 2A Boys and Girls, respectively, state cross-country races this Saturday at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Both runners worked hard in the preseason in preparation for the 2017 schedule.

"Both Riley and Taylor lifted weights this summer like we asked," said ELC coach Connie Humble. "They bought into building their core and it has paid off. They both ran during our optional morning runs 2-3 days starting in July and also attended a running camp. The preparation to make it to state begins in the summer and these two started that long before the season began on Aug. 7."

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A returning state qualifier after placing 43rd in 2016 as a freshman, Myers is looking to move up the pack on Saturday. He is coming off a successful regular season with several top 10 finishes and winning his first meet at the Lakes Conference Cross Country Meet.

"Our goal is he finishes in the top 25-30," said coach Humble. "He is running very smooth right now and peaked for a first place finish at conference and a ninth place finish at the regional, so I expect him to be competitive.

"Taylor sees himself as one of the leaders," the coach continued. "He enters each race with the expectation he can win. He mentally prepares and takes care of business."

Fact Box

About the 2017 Iowa State

Cross Country Meet

The state cross-country meet is held annually in at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course on the north side of Fort Dodge on Highway P56.

There is a $10 charge per vehicle for parking and it makes no difference if the vehicle enters the park or parks in nearby farm fields, the charge will be the same.

The meet schedule is as follows:

11:00 a.m.Girls' 4A

11:30 a.m.Boys' 4A

12:00 p.m.Girls' 3A

12:20 p.m.4A Awards Ceremony

12:30 p.m.Boys' 3A

1:00 p.m. Girls' 2A

1:20 p.m.3A Awards Ceremony

1:30 p.m.Boys' 2A

2:00 p.m.Girls' 1A

2:20 p.m.2A Awards Ceremony

2:30 p.m.Boys' 1A

3:00 p.m.1A Awards Ceremony

In preparation for the state meet, Humble said Myers ran shorter and harder at the beginning of the week-1-mile and 2-mile sections at race speed.

"We added eight race paced 400s and 4x50-meter accelerations on Tuesday," said Humble. "We started easing off by Wednesday for an easy 3-mile run and finished Thursday and Friday with a few paced 400s and some race starting run outs."

Christoffer looks to finish in the top half a race that will feature around 130 runners.

"Riley is very competitive," said coach Humble. "She has been fighting tendinitis and has been biking this week and receiving physical therapy. She is a gamer though and I expect a very strong effort from her on Saturday."

With the tendinitis, the workouts are different for Christoffer.

"We have been biking Riley along with her physical therapy," said coach Humble. "She runs a warm up and then we have her do her workout on the bike as she is still sore and we want to give her time to heal. She will run the pre-meet on Thursday and Friday to prepare for the state meet. We did this same routine for the regional and she was able to run on meet day.

"Riley has really run out of her comfort zone," the coach continued. "She has been very aggressive and has pushed through this injury to make it to state. She believes in herself and also believes she should be one of the leaders at each meet."

Editor's note: Also Saturday, North Union senior Riley Bauer will try to defend the boys' Class 1A title after he won the event in 2016.



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