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Class 2A State Track ELC 4x200 takes third

May 22, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

DES MOINES - Running in a light rain on Friday morning, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls 4x200 relay team gave the Midgets a medal for all their hard work this season, placing third in the event.

The quartet of Riley Christoffer, Jordyn Moore, Hannah Olson and Natalie Lausen ran three sprint relays together at the 2019 Iowa State Track and Field Meet.

The 4x200 had the best chance of winning with the top qualifying time.

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Running in Heat 3 of Class 2A, the quartet briefly had the lead before finishing in 1 minute, 47.26 seconds.

Treynor edged ELC at the finish line to win in 1:46.98. However in the previous heat, Pella Christian clocked a time of 1:47.13, to edge ELC out of second and into third.

Later on Friday, the same quartet just missed the 4x100-meter relay finals with their time of 51.58 seconds. That placed them 10th with Sioux Center finishing in 51.50 to take the eighth-spot while Panorama was ninth in 51.51 seconds.

In the sprint medley on Saturday, the quartet started with Lausen followed by Moore, Christoffer and Olson. They finished seventh in their heat and 12th overall in 1:54.04.

"I thought the girls did great," said ELC coach JR Nitchals. Placing in the top 12 in three relay events is fantastic.

Earlier in the week, Olson and Christoffer both ran a season-best time in the open 200 preliminaries on Thursday. Olson's previous best time was 27.08 seconds. She ran a time of 26.77 seconds to place 13th. Christoffer's previous best time this season was 27.26 seconds. She finished in 27.12 to place 17th.

Lausen had a disappointing day Thursday in the 100-meter preliminaries, as she false-started.

On Friday, Kendyl Ruschy competed in the discus, throwing 97 feet to place 22nd. She entered state competition with the 24th best throw.

This year's state qualifiers talk about their state experience and memories they'll take from the event.

Natalie Lausen - It was so fun to be able to get closer with the girls on our team who went down to state and be able to share the experience of running on the blue oval with them. I'm so proud of our relays and how far we've come. We medaled at state and broke three school records-not many girls get that opportunity and I'm extremely blessed I could be apart of it. My favorite part of this week was after I would handoff the baton to one of our girls or right after I finish a race because the adrenaline is pumping and there's thousands and thousands of people watching you and just taking a moment after you finish running to listen to the crowd roar and really take it all in is incredible. There is nothing like it. There's no better feeling than sprinting down the front stretch with thousands of people cheering you on as your in the fastest lane in the fast heat in the state and there's no nerves at all because I'm just running and doing what I love.

Jordyn Moore - Competing with Natalie as her last time as An ELC Midget.

Kendyl Ruschy - Watching my teammates dominate.

Hannah Olson - Placing 3rd in the 4x2 in the pouring rain.

Riley Christoffer - Having the opportunity to compete in four events at state and creating a stronger bound with my teammates and coaches.

Adrienne Rosfjord (relay alternate)- Stealing an enormous amount of bread sticks from Olive Garden and walking on the blue track.



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