STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 1A state track and field: Lansing Kee makes school history with relay win

Hawks capture first running event state title in school history in 3,200-meter relay

Kee 1A 4 x 800-meter relay team celebrate their win at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Kee won in 10:00.66. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Kee 1A 4 x 800-meter relay team celebrate their win at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Kee won in 10:00.66. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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DES MOINES — Lansing Kee’s girls’ 3,200-meter relay team made school history Thursday at the state track and field meet.

The 1A quartet of Makayla Peters, Haley Meyer, Makayla Walleser and Katie Brennan became the first athletes in Kee history to win a state title in a running event.

“It feels good,” Brennan said. “Hopefully there will be a couple more.”

Kee finished with a time of 10:00.66.

The second-place team was Logan-Magnolia out of the first heat. The Panthers had a time of 10:04.71, so not only did Brennan have to worry about the teams in her own heat, she had to keep an eye on the clock to make sure Kee would beat Logan-Magnolia as well.

“I don’t even remember the race, to be honest,” Brennan said. “I wasn’t thinking at all, I was just going. I was looking on the video board to see how far they were behind me and I knew I had to beat 10:04.71.”

Kee was among the leaders throughout the race, but it was Walleser on the third leg that got the Hawks the lead for good an, Brennan finished it off.

“I didn’t feel the heat until the end,” Walleser said of the 93-degree temperature, the warmest opening session ever since the state meet became a co-ed event in 2005. “The adrenaline got me through that.”

In the shot put, Starmont’s Venessa Hamlett placed second with a throw of 40 feet even. She lost to Dunkerton’s Kaitlyn Wilder, whose best throw was 40 feet, 8 inches.

This is Hamlett’s second year in a row placing second.

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“It feels pretty good, but I am a little disappointed in myself because I know I could’ve done better,” Hamlett said. “I know Kaitlyn is a great thrower, but I could’ve done better.”

The heat made things difficult for the throwers as well, even if they like throwing in those conditions.

“I honestly prefer throwing in heat, but not this sunny where I’m literally burning to a crisp,” Hamlett said. “It’s also harder to get the shot put set. My hands get sweaty anyway, so I really had to use a lot of chalk today.”

Central City’s Emily Staal finished second in the girls’ 3,000-meter run. Her time was 10:31.90 and the winning time came from Emma Lucas of Bedford in 10:20. 66.

Staal and Lucas jostled between first and second throughout the race with Staal leading until the second-to-last lap, when Lucas turned it on and overtook Staal. Staal wasn’t able to keep up the pace and Lucas won convincingly.

In the girls’ long jump, Emily Yahnke of Highland finished second with 17 feet, 4 inches. The winning jump was 17 feet, 11 1/2 inches from Hudson’s Kylee Sallee. Sigourney’s Summer Barthelman finished fifth with 16 feet, 8 inches.

The area second-place train kept rolling with Shateah Wetering of Montezuma. Her time was 57.28. Rachel Fehr of West Bend-Mallard won in 56.92. Barthleman took third with a time of 58.14.

Hudson is in first place with 15 team points after the first day, Logan Magnolia is in second with 13 points and Sigourney, Bedford, West Bend-Mallard, Kee and Central City are all tied for third with 10 points.

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In the Class 1A boys’ team race, Calamus-Wheatland leads the way with 13 points, followed by Lynnville-Sully with 12 points. Algona Garrigan and West Hancock are in third with 11 points.

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