STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 1A state track and field: Ciera Deitchler destroys PR to win 400 hurdles

Elkader Central runner beats Sigourney's Summer Barthelman to the line

Central Elkader's Ciera Deitchler runs for the next hurdle during the 1A 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. Deitchler won.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Central Elkader's Ciera Deitchler runs for the next hurdle during the 1A 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. Deitchler won. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Getting a personal record in an event is always a good thing.

It’s even better when it happens at the state track and field meet.

It’s the best when it helps you win a state title.

Something even more incredible than getting a PR to win a state title happened for Elkader Central’s Ciera Deitchler.

She beat her PR by more than 3 seconds to win the 400-meter hurdles Friday at Drake Stadium, running 1:04.96.

A 3-second improvement is something that’s expected from freshman year to senior year for a race that distance. A 3-second jump in a matter of weeks is almost unheard of.

“I don’t know where it came from,” Deitchler said. “I honestly don’t know. Your guess is as good as mine.

“I just wanted to go out on my last 400-meter hurdles in my high school career as good as I could.”

With two hurdles to go, she was just behind Sigourney’s Summer Barthelman.

“At the very end there I thought, ‘You know what? I really want this,’” Deitchler said. “I knew I could go for it.”

And she did. She legged out Barthelman, who finished in second with a time of 1:05.11.

“I’m just trying to process it,” Deitchler said. “I’m just really happy, obviously, and I’m really overwhelmed. So, so, so happy.”

Lansing Kee won its first-ever state running event Thursday. Friday, the Hawks added another title.

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The distance-medley team of Jada Mitchell, Haley Meyer, Makayla Walleser and Katie Brennan won with a time of 4:15.28.

Brennan, the anchor, was behind with 200 meters to go, but found enough to get the win.

“With 100 meters left I told myself I was going, and it worked out,” Brennan said.

Walleser, who was on of three Hawks also on Thursday’s 3,200-meter relay, said Friday’s title felt better.

“We didn’t know how well this distance medley team would do,” Walleser said. “Everyone runs faster here, so we didn’t know who was going to come out to run today.”

Kee leads the 1A girls’ team race, along with Dunkerton with 20 team points. Sigourney is in third with 18 and Montezuma and Tripoli are in fourth with 16.

Alburnett’s quartet of Kylie Volesky, Megan Neighbor, Remington Comried and Madison Osborn placed third in the girls’ 800-meter relay in 1:47.10. Central Lyon won with a time of 1:46.53.

Montezuma’s Shelby Conger took second in the girls’ high jump. She topped out at 5 feet, 4 inches.

On the boys’ side in Class 1A, Maquoketa Valley’s 800-meter relay team of Daniel Hunter, James Legassick, Derek Becker and Chance Downs took second with a time of 1:32.42. Council Bluffs St. Albert won in 1:31.47.

Sigourney’s Payton Schauf finished third in the discus with a throw of 150 feet, 11 inches. Woodbine’s Layne Pryor won the event with a throw of 155 feet, 3 inches.

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Geroge-Little Rock leads the 1A boys’ team race after the second day with 24 points. Calamus-Wheatland is right behind with 23 points. Lynnville-Sully is in third with 22 and Earlham is in fourth with 16.

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