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Records fall as state track meet concludes

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Eighteen meet records fell in the first two days, and that was just a sign of things to come on day 3.  Hannah Willms and the Dike-New Hartford 800 meter sprint medley team would finish with at time of 1:46.35, a new state meet record.

Willms finished her career on the blue oval on another high note in the 200 meter dash.  Willms would win with a time of 25.13, her 14th career state championship.

My goal was also to break my records, and I did in 2 of the events," said Willms, "so that's always exciting.  I mean I guess that's why they're records, hard to break.  It was an exciting 4 years, like I said, and it's weird to be done and I'm not going to run any more."

In class 1A, the Grundy Center girls would win the 4x400 and defend their title in the 800 meter sprint medley, shattering another record with a time of 1:49.61.

"I absolutely love my teammates," said Spartan Adrianne Alexia, "I know they're always going to get me right where I need to be, and I know I just need to go."

In class 3A, the Decorah girls take home an 800 meter sprint medley state championship by 5 hundredths of a second.

While Waverly-Shell Rock's Rachel Peth just missed out on a 100 meter dash title, but she got it done in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.30.

Peth was relieved at the finish.  "I'm just glad I got to get that opportunity to come right back after a tough race like that."

The Mount Vernon girls won the team title in 3A and crowned their 4x400 relay team champions.

In class 4A, Iowa City West's Jessica Gehrke finished her senior year with a perfect four state titles, three of those coming on Saturday, including a win in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.14 seconds.

"I just feel really good," said Gehrke, "I know I represented my school and my community the best I could.  I'm try to cherish the best moments I can."

On the boys side, Cedar Falls sophomore James Harrington false started in the 100 meter dash, and took it out on the rest of the field in the 200 selling out for a win by three hundredths of a second.

"I was really disappointed and I wanted to take all that anger out in the 200," said the Tiger sophomore, "So I got the win."

In class 3A, Waverly Shell-Rock's shuttle hurdle relay team brought home the top spot.  Brandon Steggall ran a strong anchor leg helping his team to a state record at 57.99 seconds.

"We started off pretty good," recalled Steggall, "We were right in the middle there. I knew when I got it we were going to be in first, and we were."

Solon's James Morris would help his 4x100 relay team to a state championship while the Spartans also captured a class 2A team title.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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