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#TicketPunched ELC junior Taylor Myers earns third conseuctive trip to state

October 21, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ORANGE CITY - Estherville Lincoln Central junior Taylor Myers punched his ticket to the Class 2A state cross country meet with a sixth-place finish at the regional meet in Orange City on Thursday.

Myers finished the 5K race in 17 minutes, 22.2 seconds. He finished solidly between fifth-place runner Peter Shippy of Sioux Center, who clocked in at 17:14.9, and Joseph Schoonhoven of Unity Christian, who finished in 17:28.4. Myers time was 5 seconds faster than a year ago on the same course.

"Taylor ran a very smart race and put himself in a position to have a strong finish," said ELC coach Connie Humble.

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George-Little Rock's Joe Anderson won the meet easily in 16:32.9 Only two other runners finished under 17 minutes-South Central Calhoun's Spencer Moon (16:55.5) and Missouri Valley's Jordan Hustak (16:56.0).

Myers will run at the state cross country meet at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Class 2A Boys race starts at 1:30 p.m.

"Taylor placed 24th last year with a time of 17:12," said coach Humble. "There were six seniors in front of him that have graduated. I would love to see him run a 17:00 and place in the top 15. That would be one second in each quarter to drop 12 seconds. We work on pace work every week and this is very attainable. He has a strong start and has learned how to plan his attack as the race proceeds. Taylor is very coachable. He ran a great Regional meet and he will be ready for state. "

The ELC boys finished 12th overall at Thursday's regional.

Senior Riley Theesfeld completed his last race in 47th place in 20:00.8. Junior Jacob Jensen placed 59th in 20:37.8, junior Isaak Sander placed 80th in 22:34.2 and freshman James Williams placed 87th in 25:19.2

"We ran improved times in our races with only three returning on varsity," said coach Humble. "Jacob ran 25 seconds faster this year. Riley finished out a strong four-year career as he was our second runner. Newcomers Isaak Sander and James Williams also ran well and have learned how to run the 5K race during their first year."

2018 CC State Qualifying Meet

Orange City Boys Varsity

Sioux Center 46, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 64, Unity Christian 98, Western Christian 126, Missouri Valley 184, OABCIG 199, Pocahontas 204, Cherokee 210, West Lyon 221, Emmetsburg 238, South central Calhoun 241, ELC 279, East Sac County 355



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