STATE TRACK AND FIELD 2019

Iowa 4A girls' state track and field: Caroline Schaeckenbach prevails in close 400-meter hurdles

Second-place distance medley has Liberty in sixth place

Iowa City High's Caroline Schaeckenbach clears a hurdle during the 4A 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Iowa City High's Caroline Schaeckenbach clears a hurdle during the 4A 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 17, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — On paper, it looked like a comfortable win.

It was anything but.

Iowa City High’s Caroline Schaeckenbach and Southeast Polk’s Grace Larkins ran neck-and-neck through nine barriers of the Class 4A girls’ 400-meter hurdles at the state track and field meet Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium.

But Larkins stumbled and fell, and Schaeckenbach raced to victory in 1 minute, 3.37 seconds.

“It was weird. I usually can’t see somebody at the end,” Schaeckenbach said. “I’m so happy I won, but I feel sad for (Larkins). She ran really well.”

Schaeckenbach crossed the line more than 3 seconds ahead of Ames’ Hope Morken.

This is Terry Coleman’s last season as the City girls’ coach, and that gave Schaeckenbach a little extra incentive.

“I really wanted to win one for him at (the Drake Relays), but it didn’t happen,” Schaeckenbach said. “He’s my first high-school coach, and I love him so much.”

Waukee heads into the final day on the doorstep of a fourth consecutive 4A girls’ state title. The Warriors have 54.33 points in the bank. Southeast Polk is second with 35 points, Cedar Falls third with 32.

Iowa City Liberty is the top area team — sixth with 19 points. The Lightning got a second-place finish from Chaise Lange, Taylor Cannon, Devon Dunson and Ashlyn Keeney, running 4:03.26 in the distance medley, behind Cedar Falls’ 4:00.19.

“My goal was to go out and run and get it to Ashlyn,” Dunson said. “I’m so proud and glad that we have such a good team.”

Keeney was sixth when she got the baton, but moved up with a 2:10 split.

City High has 15 points, Linn-Mar and Iowa City West have 13 apiece.

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Linn-Mar’s Dimia Burrell was third in the long jump, as well as part of the Lions’ fourth-place 800-meter relay.

“I’m happy with how I placed (in the long jump); I wanted to be in the top three,” Burrell said. “I just wish I could have jumped a little farther.

“I was up last night with a fever, but I took some Tylenol and I feel pretty good now.”

City High was fourth in the distance medley; West’s Salima Omari was fourth in the shot put.

STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 4A GIRLS

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

Top-10 teams (through 10 events) — 1. Waukee 54.33, 2. Southeast Polk 35, 3. Cedar Falls 32, 4. Ames 22, 5. Ottumwa 21, 6. Iowa City Liberty 19, 7. (tie) Pleasant Valley and Lewis Central 16, 9. Iowa City High 15, 10. (tie) Linn-Mar, Iowa City West, West Des Moines Dowling and Urbandale 13.

Shot put — 1. Kat Moody (Waukee), 46-4 3/4; 2. Lauren Payne (Lewis Central), 41-2 1/4; 3. Hope Wagner (Sioux City East), 41-1 1/4; 4. Salima Omari (Iowa City West), 39-10 1/2.

Long jump — 1. Darby Thomas (Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln), 18-11; 2. Angel Baylark (Burlington), 17-9; 3. Dimia Burrell (Linn-Mar), 17-4 1/4.

Distance medley relay — 1. Cedar Falls (Green, Sterrett, Stokes, Michael), 4:00.19; 2. Iowa City Liberty, 4:03.26; 3. Southeast Polk, 4:05.09; 4. Iowa City High, 4:07.85; 7. Cedar Rapids Prairie, 4:12.94.

800 relay — 1. Waukee (Schlicher, Perry, Taylor, Harris), 1:41.00; 2. Ames, 1:42.30; 3. Pleasant Valley, 1:42.34; 4. Linn-Mar, 1:42.48.

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400 hurdles — 1. Caroline Schaeckenbach (Iowa City High), 1:03.37; 2. Hope Morken (Ames), 1:06.63; 3. Kate Bannister (Waukee), 1:06.70; 5. Amy Liao (Iowa City West), 1:08.01; 7. Kiara Malloy-Salgado (Iowa City West), 1:08.10.

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