STORM LAKE - The Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted girls cross country team finished with 145 points at the Storm Lake Invitational on Tuesday.
Team scores were unavailable at press time, but coach Tina Burton was happy with her squad's efforts.
"Our first five runners were well within a minute of each other," she said. "They got boxed in at the beginning a little bit and that's sometimes difficult to recover from."
The ELCAR Girls Cross Country Team kept a tight pack at the Storm?Lake Invitational on Tuesday. From left are Macy Dahl, McKenzie Woodyard, Brianna Enerson and Heather Natterstad.
Heather Natterstad led the way with a 21st place finish in 16 minutes, 18 seconds. Brianna Enerson finished 23rd in 16:24 while McKenzie Woodyard placed 28th in 16:35, Macy Dahl placed 33rd in 16:44 and Rachel Bates placed 40th in 16:51.
Also, Paige Taylor placed 58th in 17:54 and Taylor Karels ran her first varsity meet and finished 61st in 18:01.
"Taylor's done well recently and continuing to improve," said Burton. "I'm very happy with her performance."
The ELC boys' team had a full squad running again with Kelly Clabaugh back in the lineup.
Lee Christensen led the way with a 43rd place finish in 18:18. Nic Peters placed 53rd in 19:05 while Martin Christensen placed 64th in 19:31, Adam Reiter placed 71st in 20:03 and Clabaugh placed 75th in 20:19.
"I fell the boys started really well," said Burton. "We just need to work on maintaining speed-that will come."
In the girls' junior varsity race, Coral Franklin led the way as she placed 18th in 18:16. Kristain Peterson placed 36th in 18:59 while Colleen Humble placed 39th in 19:29, Emily Jorgenson placed 72nd in 20:15 and Emilee Olson placed 76th in 20:24.
Also Claire Christensen placed 80th in 20:49, Maddie More placed 85th in 21:13 and Emily Slaughter finished in 22:35.
The cross country teams travel to Algona next Monday.