Top-10s for FD’s Estlund, SE’s Tracy

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla St. Edmond teammates Audrey Kolacia (left) and Riley Mayer run in the Humboldt Invitational on Monday. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

HUMBOLDT — Gabby Estlund and Jed Tracy each scored Top-10 finishes here Monday on one of the toughest cross country courses in the state.

Fort Dodge’s Estlund was ninth in the girls race, and St. Edmond’s Tracy placed 10th in the boys event here in the Humboldt Invitational held at Sheldon Park.

As a team, the Gael girls had the highest finish of the four squads, placing fifth overall. The Dodger boys finished seventh, SEHS boys ninth and FDSH girls 11th.

Estlund clocked a time of 21:40.65, finishing just behind Garner-Hayfield/Ventura’s Abby Christians.

Alexis Read was 44th overall in 24:03, with Piera McBride placing 71st and Adyson Bork 77th.

“It was just a great race for Gabby,” FDSH head coach Joe Jackson said. “I know she was really pleased to score a Top-10 finish.

“We’ve been putting the kids through some hard practices, so to get good rewards was gratifying for them.”

Freshman Eric Crawford paced the Dodger boys, finishing 22nd in 19:11.82. Justin Vaughan was 29th, Jonathon Madden 39th and Joshua Meier 64th.

“I thought the guys did a good job of moving their pack up,” Jackson said. “This was a very difficult course, but all of them came off happy with how they performed.

“Moving forward, this will only help them as we continue to train for the stretch run.”

Leading the way for St. Edmond was its three-headed attack of Abby Landwehr, Riley Mayer and Audrey Kolacia. Landwehr finished 13th in 22:06.29, with Mayer (22:10.00) and Kolacia (22:10.17) right behind in 14th and 15th overall.

Leah Johnson placed 45th and Sydney Schulte was 54th.

“We put the team through one of the toughest weeks of practice we’ve had since I’ve been here,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “We talked with them about it and I think they responded very well.

“We were able to move up on a few teams and widen the gap on a couple others.”

Tracy finished his first time running this course in 18:41.52. Ryan Duckett was 54th, Nate Montgomery 62nd and Jackson Kochendorfer 85th.

“Jed had a great race,” Szalat said. “He is a great competitor, a hard worker and a real sponge who asks a lot of questions and wants to be coached. I thought he ran a really smart race.

“The whole boys team did a good job of moving the pack up and they continue to get better.”

Fort Dodge runs again Thursday at Indianola before joining St. Edmond next Monday in Algona for an invitational.

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