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Willms dominant track career comes to a close

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Over the past 4 years the big blue oval was where Dike-New Hartford's Hannah Willms established sheer dominance.

It's where she captured 5 Drake Relays titles, while setting a national best this season in the high jump going 6' 1".

On top of that, she's captured 14 individual crowns at the state meet, and just 2 hundredths of a second in the sprint medley during her freshman year kept that number from being 15.

Saturday, Hannah Willms likely stepped on the track for the last time.

"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," said the Wolverine senior.

That's because despite her dominance on the track, Willms will stick with her first love choosing to play volleyball at Iowa State next season.  Willms was an all-stater for the Wolverines the past 3 seasons and knew from her sophomore year, and perhaps earlier, that's what she wanted to continue doing.  That's a decision she verified again this weekend.

Although her track career may now be a thing of the past, she's left a legacy that's bound to endure.

It all started the first time she toed the line at the state meet setting a state meet record in the 400 meters.  It was a record she would re-set several times over, finally doing it again on Thursday when she bested the all-time mark set by former Olympian Natasha Kaiser-Brown.

"This is great.  My goal was 53 something, and I got it, so that's what I'm most excited about.  My coach and I thought all year, oh yeah, we're going to get a 53, and there's no place better than here I guess."

After this past weekend, Hannah Willms name could stay on the top of the record books for a long time.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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