STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 1A girls' state track: Alburnett, Lansing Kee tie for championship

Alburnett's Madison Osborn wins 3 events on final day

Kee's Katie Brennan (right) hands the 1A championship trophy to Alburnett's Kylie Volesky (left) so the Pirates can take their team photo during the awards ceremony at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The teams tied for first place.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Kee's Katie Brennan (right) hands the 1A championship trophy to Alburnett's Kylie Volesky (left) so the Pirates can take their team photo during the awards ceremony at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The teams tied for first place. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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DES MOINES — Alburnett senior Madison Osborn had a Saturday to remember at the state track and field meet.

Osborn got three first-place finishes — two individual and one relay. Those 30 points propelled Alburnett to tie Lansing Kee for first place int the Class 1A team standings with 36 points.

“I knew we were projected to get third in team points,” Osborn said. “I knew we could stay near the top and hopefully win. I wanted to win for the team so we could do this for our last year as seniors.”

Osborn took gold in the sprint medley, the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. The Alburnett sprint medley team consisted of Kylie Volesky, Remington Comried, Megan Neighbor and Osborn on the anchor.

“I’m just really excited for our team because we’ve wanted this for a long time,” Osborn said after the sprint medley. “When I got to the finish line, I knew we could do this. No words to describe this feeling right now.”

Osborn edged out Samantha Wall of Maquoketa Valley in the 100 and 200. Osborn’s time was 12.74 in the 100 to Wall’s 12.77.

In the 200, Osborn was in second behind Wall coming off the turn, but Osborn turned it on down the straightaway and finished in 25.99. Wall was clocked in 26.05.

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Osborn had the team race in mind throughout the day, even as she was lining up in the blocks before the 200.

“All I was thinking was that I needed to get it done and win,” Osborn said. “I knew I was the No. 1 seed going into the 200 and I needed to get it done for the team and the team points.

“This weekend has been really good. I just wanted to end on a high note for my senior year.”

Kee’s third running title in three days came in the 1,600-meter relay, the last race of the day. Kee needed to finish first to tie Alburnett.

The relay team of Makayla Walleser, Jada Mitchell, Makayla Peters and Katie Brennan won with a time of 4:07.43. The Hawks had never won a running event at state before this weekend.

“That’s one heck of a way to end your senior season,” Walleser said.

Brennan held off Montezuma’s Shateah Wetering — who finished second in the 400 — in the last 400 meters to secure the win. Montezuma’s team of Katie Reynolds, Riley Gatton, Ash Krousie and Wetering finished in 4:08.73.

“These guys did a great job knowing I’d need a lead knowing Montezuma was anchoring Shateah Wetering,” Brennan said. “I definitely didn’t want to lose it.”

She didn’t.

“(Winning a state title) hasn’t happened before,” Walleser said. “I think our coach is pretty happy with us.”

Montezuma finished in third with 35 team points.

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George-Little Rock won the Class 1A boys’ championship with 52 points. Council Bluffs St. Albert was second with 42 and Calamus-Wheatland took third with 41.

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