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Harrington claims 400 meter gold, other E. Iowa athletes shine at State Track Meet

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James Harrington did it again. Running the 400 for the first time at state, the Cedar Falls senior grabbed his first title this year as he tries to equal last year's four championship performance.

"It feels good when you're done running the 400. You feel like you've accomplished something. I feel like I've accomplished something, and I'm happy," Harrington said.

Another Tiger, Allison Gregg, captured her first career title. Gregg, a junior, gutted her way to number one in the 4A 3,000 meters.

"I've just been working really hard, and I put a lot of miles in during the winter, so this is just so awesome that it's finally paying off, and I'm so excited for the rest of the meet now," Gregg said.

One of the highlights on Thursday afternoon came in the 1A boys 3,200 meters where Lisbon's Conner Smock would go after his fourth straight state title, but he would get a battle.

Smock was paced the entire way by North Mahaska's Tanner Wanders leading to a sprint to the finish. At the line, Smock got the win by just two hundredths of a second.

"It's really exciting to think about, but I think the most important thing at this meet is that we're going after the team title, and that would mean more than everything if we could get that," Smith said.

Another milestone in the 1A girls 400 meter dash was Clayton Ridge freshman Jasmine Staebler. She knocked off the defending champ while winning the first state title in school history.

"Never in my biggest dreams did I think I'd get this far, definitely as a freshman, but it was just crazy. I was nervous around the last corner because I knew she was right behind me, but I just kicked it in," Staebler said.

The North Linn girls 4x800 brought home a title with freshman Nicole Miller as the anchor. Former athlete of the week Chelsea Berry took top honors in the long jump. The Starmont junior won it on her final jump going 17 feet, 10 inches for her first career title.

"It feels amazing. I've been working hard in every practice, and trying to [have a personal record] at every meet, but this one felt great," Berry said.

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