IOWA CITY — Sarah Plock was a little under the weather Thursday night, an appropriate place to be considering the thunderstorms in the area.
Plock did not run her specialty, the 400-meter hurdles, because she is recuperating from illness. The three-time Drake Relays champion in the event had missed school the previous two days and was not up to par for the Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division girls’ track meet at Raffensperger Track.
But Plock, a senior at Iowa City High and an Iowa State recruit, was well enough to win the open 400 meters and, buoyed by a 1-2 finish in the 800, the Little Hawks claimed the meet title with 137 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie was second with 114 and Dubuque Hempstead third with 95.5.
“I’ve been under the weather the last week, so I think they were trying to ease me back into running,” Plock said. “The 400 was OK. It was a little rough after that.”
Plock finished third in the 200 and ran a leg on the Little Hawks’ fourth-place 400 relay. She was replaced on her leg of the 1,600 relay.
“(Plock) clearly was not at full speed, but she came out here and gave us what she had today,” City High co-coach Tom Mittman said. “I think it was very motivating for everybody else.”
City High won only three events. The Little Hawks were in a nip-and-tuck struggle with Prairie until the meet’s midpoint, the 800 meters. Senior Molly Shepherd and sophomore Mary Arch ran away from the field and finished 1-2 for a 17-point swing on the scoreboard that vaulted City High into first.
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Cedar Rapids Washington sophomore Amara Taylor and Prairie soph Hannah Frazee were the only double winners of individual events. Taylor won the 100 and 400 hurdles. She also ran on the winning 400 relay team.
Frazee used a change of tactics to win the 3,000 and 1,500.
Normally a late-charger from the back of the pack, Frazee hung with Arch and Casey Nichols (Dubuque Hempstead) in the 3,000 before unleashing a deadly kick over the final 100 meters. She won in 10:53.98, two seconds ahead of her rivals.
“I tried to pick up the pace the last 500,” she said. “I thought the pace was slowing down. Then I thought, ‘OK, let’s see what I can do.’ “
City High’s Rose Gamamou won the high jump. Prairie won the shuttle hurdle and sprint medley relays. Washington sprinters claimed the 800 and 400 relays. Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Meghan Joens won the discus.