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Coed State Track Day 2

Coed State Track Day 2

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A great day on the the blue oval – couldn't have gone any better for Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Erik Stoakes –
Stoakes – the only 1A returning place-winner in the 400 hurdles – pushed his way to the top on Friday scorching the track in 55 – point – 03 seconds as the sophomore is a state champ –
Eric Stoakes/1A 400 Hurdles Champion
“It just feels amazing to get back out here, take the state championship. It's good.”
In the 1-A discus – Wapsie Valley's Jacob Goeller moved from second to first on his final throw – uncorking a 168 foot bomb to chapter the state championship --
In the 1-A girls distance medley – North Linn's Nicole Miller anchored home a winning relay for the second time this weekend – 4 seconds ahead of Jesup's Piper Thomas
Nicole Miller/North Linn Distance Medley Anchor
“Yeah, they did a really awesome job. The 2 200's were good, and then Taylor stayed up in there in the 400 which was awesome.”
Class 4A boys – Linn-Mar picked up another title on Friday as senior Curtis McCrary leaped 23 feet, 1 inch for his first career title –
but the Lions tallied the best performance of the day going for their second title –
Josh Evans ran a 1:50 anchor leg in the distance medley as Linn-Mar set a new state record with the fastest time in the United States this year –
Josh Evans/Linn-Mar Distance Medley Anchor
“I couldn't do it without these guys. Four guys all pulling at the same time, so it was all 4 of us that showed up here today.”
while on the girls side – City High's Sarah Plock would grab the title down the stretch in the 4-hundred hurdles –
the Cedar Rapids Jefferson girls went back to back in the 4 by 200 as Lucy Schneekloth brought them across the line with a big lead –
and it was a 1-2 finish for the Cedar Valley in the shot put with Allison Griffin of Cedar Falls finishing runner-up – while Waterloo West's Blaire Thomas picked up her first career title with a top throw just over 42 feet –
Blaire Thomas/4A Shot Put Champion
“It feels pretty good actually because it's my first state championship at West high in high school, so I'm happy.”

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Class 2A and 3A athletes showed off their stuff in the afternoon –
and what an afternoon for the Cascade girls – Holly Hunt would bring them home in the 4 by 2-hundred – their fourth straight title in the race –
while earlier in the day – it was Rebecca McDermott on the anchor as Cascade would double up winning the 2-A distance medley for the second time in 3 years –
Abbey Meyer/Cascade Distance Medley, 3rd Leg
“I didn't know she was going to be this talented. She's so strong, and with her puny little legs she can sure run.”
In the 2-A girls high jump it was an All-NICL conference affair – Dike-New Hartford's Brooke Morgan cleared 5 foot 5 to finish as runner-up – But it was Maria Wrage of Union taking the gold going over the bar at 5 – 6 –
Maria Wrage/Class 2A High Jump Champion
“You know it's really cool to know that I did my best and that worked. It's awesome to go against good people and come out on top.”
In class 3-A – it was Solon's Shelby Gunnells taking the top spot with a best throw of 43 feet 11 inches –
while the Dubuque Wahlert girls grabbed another title in the 4 by 200 – Katy Fricano brought the Golden Eagles across the line on top –
Katy Fricano/Wahlert 4x200, Anchor Leg
“We were just trying to win. We worked hard and we really wanted it this year since we couldn't get it last year. It's really exciting.”
On the boys side in 3-A – Solon's Dalton Ferguson uncorked a mammoth 60 foot throw for a state title –
Monticello grabbed another relay title as Ben Alrichs anchored the Panthers to victory in the distance medley –
and Waverly Shell Rock's Tommy Bates is a state champion after the senior scorched the 400 hurdles field winning in 53 point 73 seconds –
Tommy Bates/Class 3A 400 Hurdles Champion
“I came around the corner, I was in first, I was like I better not get passed. I just wanted to chase the finish line and be there first. It's just awesome.”
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