Two weeks after it was originally scheduled, the 92nd running of the Estherville Relays finally took place on Friday.
With temperatures topping 70 degrees, all the athletes were ready to perform well.
With seven varsity teams, ELC finished third overall with 125 points. Spencer won with 140 points followed by Algona with 130. Emmetsburg finished fourth with 82 points while Bishop Garrigan had 48, Clay Central-Everly had 19 and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire had two.
ELC’s Derek Nieland makes the handoff to Matt Burrell in the 4x200-meter relay at the 92nd running of the Estherville Relays on Friday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
"I'm very pleased with the efforts of the team," said ELC coach Dick Barrett. "We focused all week on trying to run better second and third races. We struggled after the first race when we ran at Spirit Lake. We did a much better job tonight.
"I also credit all the leadoff runners in our relays for getting us in a position to compete."
ELC won four events on the night, but one of the highlights came from the third-place shuttle hurdle relay team.
The foursome of Alec Wycoff, Michael McCauley, Matt Burrell and Justin Heinrichs set a school record in the event of 61.99 seconds.
Meanwhile Emmetsburg was setting a meet record in the event clocking in at 59.95 seconds with Spencer finishing in 60.71 seconds for second.
"Congratulations to the shuttle hurdle team for setting the school record," said Barrett.
ELC got a 1-2 finish in the 3200-meter run as Nic Peters ran the event in 11:0.90 and Lee Christensen in 11:01.14.
Tyler Swanson won the 800-meter run in 2:09.63 while Blake Gjerde was third in 2:13.72. Also, Heinrichs won the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 57.99 seconds.
ELC's one relay win came in the distance medley as Andres Blanco, Adam Reiter, Burrell and Joe Heinrichs finished in 3:49.27.
Placing second were Zain Dostal in the 400-meter dash in 54.48 seconds and the 4x800-meter relay of Joe Heinrichs, Gjerde, Rod Fuller and Swanson in 8:33.33.
Also ELC finished 2-3 in the 1600-meter run with Fuller finishing in 4:51.21 and Christensen in 5:07.26.
The 4x200-meter relay team of Derek Nieland, Burrell, Blanco and Reiter finished third in 1:35.45. Also third was the 4x400-meter relay team of Dostal, Fuller, Joe Heinrichs and Wycoff in 3:47.67.
Reiter took fourth in the 200-meter dash in 23.80 seconds. The quartet of Nieland, Justin Heinrichs, Blanco and Reiter placed fourth in the 4x100-meter relay in 46.24 seconds. Also fourth were Dostal in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 7 1/2 inches, Bonner in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 10 1/2 inches and Noah Diekmann in the discus with a throw of 118 feet, 8 inches. Bonner placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 104 feet, 4 inches.
Blanco finished fifth in the 100-meter dash in 11.65 seconds.
"We had a lot kids run personal career best tonight in their relay splits and at the individual level," said Barrett. "We now have some events highly ranked in the district standings and we'll look to improve on them.
"Finally, I want to thank the workers who helped make the 92nd running of the Estherville Relays a success," the coach said.
ELC is back in action Monday at Storm Lake.