Day 1 Coed State Track 1A/4A

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1-A and 4-A competitors battled oppressive heat on Thursday — temperatures in the mid-90’s

but it didn’t seem to bother one freshman from Iowa City Liberty — Ashlyn Keeney — of Iowa City Liberty ran 10 minutes – 4 seconds for a come from behind win in the 4A 3-thousand meters —

in the 1-A discus — Dunkerton’s Kaitlyn Wilder uncorked a 40 foot 8 inch throw on her 5th attempt to take home a state title —

Kaitlyn Wilder/Class 1A Shot Put Champion

“All my hard work and all my coach’s hard work going in to the season, countless hours of technique and in the beginning of the season the weight room. It just means a lot to be able to put every little piece together and bring back some hardware for Dunkerton.

A first for Kee High in the 1-A 4 by 1-hundred — the Kee-Hawks pulled away in the second half of the race as senior Katie Brennan anchored home the first running event championship in school history —

Katie Brennan/Anchor, Kee High 4×800

“I was looking on the big screen to see ho far they were behind me. I knew I had to beat 10:04 and my teammates were great on the first three legs.”

Big race for the Cedar Falls girls in the 4-A 4-hundred meters — and it’s a 1-2 finish as MacKenzie Michael ran 55.96 seconds to just edge out teammate Ariana Kimbrough —

In the long jump — Hudson sophomore Kylie Sallee sailed a personal best 17 feet — 11 inches to capture the 1-A crown —

Kylee Sallee/Class 1A Long Jump Champion

“My coach just told me to come out and do my thing and I did that and a little bit better and it was awesome.”

on the boys side — the 4-A 4 by 8-hundred — Cedar Falls put on a late comeback effort that fell just short as Quin O’Hair anchored them to second behind Ames —

It came down to the final attempt for Western Dubuque’s Grant Kelchen — and that’s when the senior popped over the bar at 6-foot-8 — and the celebration was on — Kelchen captures a 4A championship in the high jump —

Grant Kelchen/Class 4A High Jump Champion

“I still can’t believe it. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t know, it’s just always been a goal of mine. I always set high standards for me and my coach, but the fact that it’s finally here is just mind blowing.”

Rick Coleman

Rick Coleman

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