DES MOINES — Cascade’s girls’ track runners have a taste for theatrics.
Last year Rachel Trumm fell as she crossed the finish line to win the 800-meter relay. This year Rebecca McDermott fell forward and completed a full somersault as she anchored the distance medley relay to a win.
And Coach Tim Frake’s runners let slip that a certain coach cries before most races. Those tears, more than likely, are tears of joy. The Cougars have a relay dynasty.
“We’re just a great team all around,” said senior Annie Meyer. “Coach Frake says, other teams have fast runners or good distance runners. But we have everything. We know how to come together and make it work.”
Cascade got wins in the 800-meter relay (1:44.64) and distance medley relay (4:10.86) Friday at Drake Stadium to add to its already rich tradition in the Class 2A girls’ state track and field meet. The Cougars have 13 relay titles since 2010 and six of the last seven 800-meter relay crowns.
“It gives me more of a confidence that we can do this,” Trumm said of the relay success. “We have a target on our backs and we have a lot of pressure, but I know we can pull through if we just perform to our best.”
McDermott’s anchor in the medley relay gave Cascade its first set of fireworks in the afternoon. Meyer, Anne Ryan and Trumm built her a lead through the first two laps and she ran mostly alone until the last half lap.
Aplington-Parkersburg freshman Sophia Jungling started to make up ground before McDermott found another gear down the homestretch. Her momentum sent her tumbling end over end just beyond the finish line. Monticello finished third in 4:12.80.
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“I kind of forgot where I was,” McDermott said with a grin. “I did a somersault and there was a ton of people surrounding me and I was like, ‘What is going on?’ Then (my teammates) came up running to me and they were like, ‘Congratulations!’ It was so exciting.”
Cascade leads the team race with 27 points while Mid-Prairie is just behind with 26. Jesup’s Annika Wall was second in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.50. Tipton’s Jamie Kofron was third in the discus, tossing 128 feet, 1 inch.
STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 2A GIRLS
Teams (through 10 events) — 1. Cascade, 27; 2. Mid-Prairie, 26; 3. Pocahontas Area, 22; 4. Unity Christian, 17; 5. North Fayette Valley, 16; 6. Monticello, 16; 7. Aplington-Parkersburg, 14; 8. Western Christian, 13.33; 9. Pella Christian, 12; 10. Albia, 11.33
Results (top 3, plus area)
Discus — 1. Kenzie Sullivan (Pocahontas Area), 133-01; 2. Elizabeth Van Manen (Pella Christian), 132-02; 3. Jamie Kofron (Tipton), 128-01; 4. Megan Niewoehner (North Fayette Valley), 124-02
High jump — 1. Cassie Van Beek (Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley), 5-04.00; 2. Sydney Durbin (OA-BCIG), J5-04.00; 3. Emma Atwood (Central Decatur), 5-02.00; 6. Olivia Nebergall (Anamosa), J5-02.00; 7. Lisa Tucker (Cascade), J5-02.00
DMR — 1. Cascade (Meyer, Ryan, Trumm, McDermott), 4:10.86; 2. Aplington-Parkersburg, 4:12.22; 3. Monticello, 4:12.80
800 relay — 1. Cascade (Rickels, Ryan, Meyer, Trumm), 1:44.65; 2. Western Christian, 1:45.31; 3. Madrid, 1:46.79
400 hurdles — 1. Kristin Culp (West Central Valley), 1:04.84; 2. Annika Wall (Jesup), 1:05.50; 3. Paige Miller (West Branch), 1:05.79; 8. Ryin Lehmann (North Fayette Valley), 1:07.87
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