SIOUX CENTER - Caitlyn Clayton and Alicia Jorgenson both qualified for state in two events and will represent the Estherville Lincoln Central Girls Track Team at the 2014 Class 2A State Track and Field Meet next week.
ELC has a chance to qualify in one more event as Megan Jensen finished the 400-meter low hurdles in fourth. The Class 2A District Meet in Dike was postponed to Friday and those results were not processed prior to deadline, so the full Class 2A field of state qualifiers was not yet posted.
Clayton won a district champion as she threw the shot put 41 feet, 6 1/2 inches to win that event. She also qualified in the discus with a throw of 111 feet, 7 inches.
ELC’s Alicia Jorgenson and Sibley-Ocheyedan’s MaLeah Doeden end the 200-meter dash in a photo finish at Thursday’s state-qualifying meet in Sioux Center.
"It is very exciting to see that Caitlyn qualified in the shot which she has been doing very well in throughout the season but also in the discus which has really come on just this season," said ELC coach Tina Burton. "I know Caitlyn has a goal in the shot and hopefully she can fulfill that goal at the state meet."
Jorgenson placed second in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes to earn an automatic state bid in those events. Her times were 27.20 seconds and 1:03, respectively.
"We knew that Alicia had a good shot at state but we also knew she would have competition," said Burton. "She's a competitor and she got a taste of that at the conference meet so we knew that going into the state qualifying meet that she would battle for those top spots. We got a little worried in the 200-we didn't know for sure what place she got as it was her and two other girls battling for the top two spots. State has been Alicia's goal for four years. Very happy for her that she was able to make that happen, even more happier that it was in two events."
As for Jensen, she finished the 400 hurdles in 1:10.36.
"She's been ranked top 24 in the state all season and it just so happened that Sioux Center happened to be stacked with four other girls who are also ranked in the top 24 in the state," said Burton. "Megan was seeded fourth and she placed fourth so now we have to wait until Saturday to get official results to see if she qualified as one of the next best eight times in the state."
ELC finished sixth overall as a team with 58 points. ELC results are listed below.
200-meter dash: 2, Alicia Jorgenson 27.20 seconds
400-meter dash: 2, Alicia Jorgenson 1:03.00
800-meter run: 7, Rachel Bates 2:40.11
400-meter hurdles: 4, Megan Jensen 1:10.36
4x100-meter relay: 7, ELC (Megan Jensen, Payton Platt, Brianna Enerson, Jorgenson) 54.20 seconds
4x800-meter relay: 6, ELC (Hallie Jensen, Caressa Franklin, Bates, Enerson) 11:10.02
Sprint medley relay: 4, ELC (Jensen, Platt, Enerson, Jorgenson) 1:58.97
Shuttle hurdle relay: 4, ELC (Jensen, Coral Franklin, Jordan Phillips, Platt) 1:13.85
Long jump: 7, Carson Gjerde 14-05
Shot put: 1, Caitlyn Clayton 41-6.50
Discus: 2, Clayton 111-07