Eight members of the Denison-Schleswig track and field team concluded their 2019 season by participating in the Class 3A portion of the state meet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium at Des Moines.
On Thursday, the shuttle hurdle relay team of Alex Mohr, Hannah Neemann, Jaime Ibarra and Vanessa Gunderson competed in the prelims and just missed advancing to the finals, placing ninth overall in one minute, 07.96 seconds.
That clocking was the team’s second best of the year.
Glenwood earned the 3A title in the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:05.51.
On Friday morning, the Monarchs’ distance medley relay foursome of Bella Araujo, Cierra Kastner, Paige Andersen and Raegan Andersen placed 20th overall in a season-best time of 4:28.13.
Sioux City Heelan won the distance medley title in 4:04.86.
Also on Friday, Gunderson competed in the 100-meter hurdle prelims, finishing fifth in heat two and 16th overall in 16.33, just missing her best time of 16.32.
Benton Community’s Grace Martensen won the 100 hurdles state title in 14.66.
A little later, Gunderson competed in the 400-meter hurdles race and just fell short of earning a top-eight medal, as she wound up ninth overall in 1:07.40.
Glenwood’s Janette Schraft claimed the 400 hurdles state title in 1:03.50.
Then on Saturday morning, the sprint medley relay team of Mohr, Paige Andersen, Kastner and Raegan Andersen ran 23rd overall in 1:57.78.
Davenport Assumption earned the sprint medley relay title on Saturday in 1:46.60.
"All of the girls competed well. It was great to see Mohr, Gunderson and Raegan Andersen get an opportunity to end their careers at the state meet," commented Denison-Schleswig coach Adam Mich.
"All three of those girls ran at the state meet all four years during high school. I think they have like 30-plus events at the state meet," he added.
"Gunderson ran her second best time of the year in 100 hurdles and just missed medaling in the 400 hurdles. Heck, she ran both of those races in the rain, so she did a great job of warming up and competing in not the best weather conditions."
"The distance medley team ran their best time of the year. For Araujo, it was her first time stepping on the state track, so that was great to see," Mich said.
"Your goal is to run your best time at the state meet and the girls did that in the distance medley."
"We just missed qualifying for the finals in the shuttle hurdle relay. We had three veterans in that with Mohr, Ibarra and Gunderson," Mich remarked.
"The sprint medley team didn’t run their best time of the year, but that race is always loaded and very competitive.
"Also, it was the final time for the Andersen sisters to race together in the sprint medley relay on Saturday, so that was pretty cool for them to have an opportunity to do that at the state meet," Mich said.
Glenwood from the Hawkeye 10 Conference claimed the Class 3A state team title with 65 points, as the Rams just edged second-place Dubuque Wahlert’s runnerup total of 64.50 points.