STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 3A girls' state track and field: Solon makes a move up the ladder

Pair of third-place relays move the Spartans up to sixth overall

Solon's Taylor Ryan (right) hands off to Abby Smith during the 3A 4 x 200-meter relay at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. Solon finished third in the event. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Solon's Taylor Ryan (right) hands off to Abby Smith during the 3A 4 x 200-meter relay at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. Solon finished third in the event. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — The Solon Spartans were ready for whatever was thrown their way.

“We had to stay tough no matter what comes,” senior Erin Kerkhoff said. “Expect the unexpected.”

Crummy weather? No matter. Lineup changes? Big deal.

A pair of third-place relay finishes at the state track and field meet Friday morning vaulted Solon into the upper end of the 3A girls’ standings.

The Spartans stand in sixth place with 19 points.

Dubuque Wahlert is the leader at the end of the second day, with 26.5 points through 10 events. Glenwood is second with 26 points; Davenport Assumption and Pella are tied for third with 22 apiece.

The final nine events are Saturday.

Solon’s foursome of Makinley Levin, Rachael Nelson, Abby Smith and Emma Bock came out of the first heat for an overall third-place finish in the distance medley relay in 4:12.83, then Taylor Ryan, Smith, Khaylor Fleck and Kerkhoff ran third in the 800-meter relay at 1:45.45.

The Spartans had to wait for the next two heats to run in the distance medley, then a snafu with the timing system prolonged the mystery even longer.

“My heart was pounding, waiting to see how our times matched up,” Bock said.

The start of Friday’s morning session was delayed an hour. The Spartans rolled with it.

“We just said, ‘relax.’” Nelson said. “We had to come back out and push ourselves through (the rain). We were out to surprise people.”

Center Point-Urbana’s Jaydyn Palmer was the shot put runner-up. Her final throw of 38 feet, 6 3/4 inches moved her up a slot from third to second.

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“I fell short at (the Drake Relays),” she said. “That was kind of in my head. But I knew this was my last meet, and I was ready to get after it.

“My feet felt pretty heavy because of the rain, but everybody else had to deal with it, too.”

Mount Vernon’s Lily Meester, the discus champion Thursday, was fourth in the shot.

STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 3A GIRLS

Friday’s Finals, At Des Moines (Drake Stadium)

Top-10 teams (through 10 events) — 1. Dubuque Wahlert 26.5, 2. Glenwood 26, 3. (tie) Davenport Assumption and Pella 22, 5. Mount Pleasant 20, 6. Solon 19, 7. (tie) Iowa Falls-Alden and Sioux City Heelan 18, 9. (tie) Keokuk and Mount Vernon 15.Shot put — 1. Lexie Magnani (Mount Pleasant), 42-5 1/4; 2. Jaydyn Palmer (Center Point-Urbana), 38-6 3/4; 3. Kelsey Fields (Creston), 38-3; 4. Lily Meester (Mount Vernon), 37-4 3/4; 5. Lauren Upmeyer (Vinton-Shellsburg), 37-4 3/4; 8. Kasi McWhirter (Benton Community), 36-8.

Long jump — 1. Aliyah Carter (Dubuque Wahlert), 18-8 1/2; 2. Liz Fiser (Charles City), 16-7 1/2; 3. Olivia Tollari (Adel ADM), 16-7 1/4; 7. Isabel Bailey (Washington), 15-10 1/4; 8. Jenah Greiner (Washington), 15-9 3/4.

Distance medley relay — 1. Sioux City Heelan (Sokolowski, Hutchinson, Jochum, Aesoph), 4:04.86; 2. Carlisle, 4:06.83; 3. Solon, 4:12.83; 5. Anamosa, 4:15.40.

800 relay — 1. Dubuque Wahlert (Broderick, McDonald, Schmidt, Wedewer), 1:41.42; 2. Pella, 1:45.11; 3. Solon, 1:45.45; 5. Decorah, 1:45.89; 6. Marion, 1:46.22.

400 hurdles — 1. Janette Schraft (Glenwood), 1:03.50; 2. Emma Kelderman (Oskaloosa), 1:04.06; 3. Anna Kenny (Adel ADM), 1:05.19.

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