STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 3A girls' state track and field: 130-foot fling lands Lily Meester a discus championship

Mount Vernon junior is the first of six girls in her family

Mount Vernon's Lily Meester winds up to throw during the 3A discus throw at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Mount Vernon's Lily Meester winds up to throw during the 3A discus throw at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Lily Meester is a soft-spoken girl. And now, a soft-spoken champion.

A junior at Mount Vernon High School, Meester captured the Class 3A girls’ discus title Thursday morning at Drake Stadium. Her winning throw: 130 feet, 1 inch.

“I was kind of nervous through my first three throws,” Meester said. “Then I calmed down, and I just wanted to throw my personal best.”

The first of six girls in her family, Meester was the first half of a girls’/boys’ discus sweep for the Mustangs. Matt Vislisel capped it later in the day.

“It makes me happy that we have such great throwers at this school,” she said.

Meester, who placed fifth here last year, jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a first throw of 128-7. Talbot Kinney of DeWitt Central moved closer with an effort of 126-10 on her fifth throw, then Meester gained some insurance on her next attempt.

Lauren Upmeyer of Vinton-Shellsburg was third with a final throw of 121-1.

“My goal was over 120 feet,” Upmeyer said. “My coach gave me some good advice ... finish my throw flat.”

Iowa Falls-Alden is the early 2A girls’ leader. The Cadets have 18 points through five events. Davenport Assumption is second with 14, Glenwood third with 13.

A big finish by anchor Corinne Gadient gave Anamosa a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter relay. The foursome of Maggie McQuillen, Ava Claussen-Tubbs, Gabby Gadient and Corinne Gadient was clocked in 9:39.60. Iowa Falls-Alden won it in 9:28.53.

“In my head, I was telling myself, ‘I’ve done it before. I can get this girl,’” Corinne Gadient said of Spencer’s Abby Weeks. “I knew that we were (seeded) second. That’s what I was going to do, and we could be satisfied.”

Gadient is headed to Northern Iowa next year. So is Solon’s Erin Kerkhoff, who picked up third place in the 400, in a career-best 57.54 seconds.

“I wanted to go out with no regrets,” Kerkhoff said. “I had a better start than I usually do. I’m really happy about that.”

STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 3A GIRLS

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

Top-10 teams (through 5 events) — 1. Iowa Falls-Alden 18, 2. Davenport Assumption 14, 3. Glenwood 13, 4. (tie) Waverly-Shell Rock, Keokuk and Mount Vernon 10, 7. (tie) Anamosa and Pella 9, 9. West Burlington-Notre Dame 8.5, 10. DeWitt Central and Sioux City Heelan 8.

Discus — 1. Lily Meester (Mount Vernon), 130-1; 2. Talbot Kinney (DeWitt Central), 126-10; 3. Lauren Upmeyer (Vinton-Shellsburg), 121-11; 8. Elli Becicka (Solon), 116-0.

High jump — 1. Miracle Ailes (Keokuk), 5-7; 2. Reagan Dahlquist (Waverly-Shell Rock), 5-6; 3. (tie) Rylie Todd (West Burlington-Notre Dame) and Aliyah Carter (Dubuque Wahlert), 5-4; 5. Stacey Slaven (South Tama), 5-4; T-7. Olivia Nebergall (Anamosa), 5-2.

3,000 — 1. Janette Schraft (Glenwood), 10:35.49; 2. Grace Juhl (Iowa Falls-Alden), 10:39.50; 3. Caroline McMartin (Pella), 10:42.05; 7. Adrianna Katcher (Center Point-Urbana), 10:53.59.

3,200 relay — 1. Iowa Falls-Alden (M. Juhl, Meyer, L. Juhl, G. Juhl), 9:28.53; 2. Anamosa, 9:39.60; 3. Spencer, 9:40.55.

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400 — 1. Carly King (Davenport Assumption), 56.36; 2. Madison Jochum (Sioux City Heelan), 57.45; 3. Erin Kerkhoff (Solon), 57.54; 8. Grace Horst (Vinton-Shellsburg), 1:00.86.

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