Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009

Erickson medals at SMN Relays

May 14, 2009

She’s not overly vocal, and she certainly wouldn’t be one to tell a teammate when he or she was performing poorly, but Lacey Erickson is a leader.

She’s led by example throughout the 2009 De Soto track season, and Friday at the Shawnee Mission North Relays was no different.

“Lacey is a heck of an athlete,” coach Brian Dinkel said. “She’s definitely going to help the girls team score a lot of points at league.”

Erickson was the only De Soto athlete to medal at the SM Relays—a meet that consisted of some of the top 6A track competitors in the state. She placed second in the 3200-meter run after turning in an 11:38.

“She ran really well,” Dinkel said. “She wasn’t too far off her (personal record), which was impressive considering she ran a strong 800-meter about 10 or 15 minutes before the 3,200 race.”

The rest of the team put on a strong showing despite not being able to place in the top three. Jordan Riffel came in fifth in the 400-meters, and Trey Lind tallied a personal record in the 3,200 with a time of 10:10.33.

Dinkel said he was pleased because the team had failed to meet expectations in previous events of the same caliber this season.

“Some of the kids were acting pretty nervous at first,” he said. “But as they started to warm up, they looked more comfortable. They really focused and went out and tried their hardest. I was happy they didn’t collapse under pressure.”

Dinkel’s squad picked a good time to prove it can compete with the best as the league meet is scheduled for Thursday at Louisburg.

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