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Plock chases down 3rd straight 400 hurdles title

Drake Relays: City High senior taking aim at 60-second barrier

Iowa City High's Sarah Plock clears the final hurdle on her way to winning the girls' 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Rel
Iowa City High’s Sarah Plock clears the final hurdle on her way to winning the girls’ 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on Saturday. Plock finished in a 1:01.22 for her third straight title. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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DES MOINES — Forty years have passed since Debbie Esser hammered the 400 hurdles.

No other Iowa high school girl has broken the 60-second barrier. Nobody before. Nobody since.

Sarah Plock has a chance.

A senior at Iowa City High, Plock captured her third straight Drake Relays championship in that event on Saturday, doing it in 1:01.22.

“My biggest goal is sub-60,” said Plock, an Iowa State University signee who has gone as fast as 1:00.55 this spring. “I want to do that at state, and I want to help as many relays as I can.”

Plock earned her own slice of history on a blustery day, becoming the first to win three Drake titles in the girls’ 400 hurdles. She took the lead from the start and was never seriously challenged.

“I definitely did a lot of work over the summer, increasing my stamina,” she said. “I felt a lot of pressure today, but I used it to drive me.”

Plock joined Linn-Mar’s Stephanie Jenks (1,500-meter run) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s 400-meter relay as girls’ champions Saturday.

Area boys were shut out, but Center Point-Urbana’s Josh Yeager thoroughly enjoyed his second-place finish in the boys’ 1,600.

“The last couple days haven’t been ideal for me,” he said. “I’d really been down in the dumps with my times. Something just wasn’t there.”

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West Des Moines Dowling’s Ryan Schweizer won his third event of the weekend, finishing in 4:18.18. A Drake recruit, Yeager charged late and earned second in 4:20.21.

“I stayed focused in the second half with my kick,” Yeager said. “I know I can kick.

“Today, I had a blast.”

Linn-Mar earned a second-place finish in the boys’ shuttle hurdle relay: Daniel Gorsich, Nick House, Gavern Dochterman and Zeal Baker ran in 57.69, behind Waukee.

“I was hoping we would pull through and give everyone a good run,” Baker said. “We made it to the finals and showed them what we have.”

The Lions were fourth in the boys’ 3,200 relay, and Clear Creek Amana was fourth in the girls’ shuttle hurdle relay.

West Burlington-Notre Dame’s boys capped a remarkable weekend — four titles and two second-place finishes — by winning the 400 relay in 42.87 seconds. The Falcons were the first non-4A school to win that event since 1927.

DRAKE RELAYS: GIRLS RESULTS

3,200 relay — 1. Davenport Assumption (Schumacher, Rohlf, King, Ripslinger), 9:20.99; 2. Linn-Mar, 9:27.74; 3. Waukee, 9:30.49; 4. Gilbert, 9:39.26; 5. Muscatine, 9:42.99; 6. West Des Moines Valley, 9:45.41; 7. Fort Madison, 9:46.03; 8. Des Moines Roosevelt, 9:47.93.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Waukee (Schau, Nelson, Gray, Modrell), 1:03.55; 2. Pleasant Valley, 1:04.03; 3. Urbandale, 1:05.35; 4. Clear Creek Amana, 1:06.88.

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1,500 — 1. Stephanie Jenks (Linn-Mar), 4:31.09; 2. Trina Moreno (Urbandale), 4:42.19; 3. Abby Kohut-Jackson (Ballard), 4:43.24; 4. Gwynne Wright (Pekin), 4:44.71; 5. McKenzie Yanek (Pleasant Valley), 4:44.76; 6. Kate Smith (Ankeny Centennial), 4:44.85; 7. Ellie Friesen (Osage), 4:46.11; 8. Megan Schott (Des Moines Roosevelt), 4:46.52.

400 hurdles — 1. Sarah Plock (Iowa City High), 1:01.22; 2. Carly Donahue (Pleasant Valley), 1:02.89; 3. Erika Lewis (Waukee), 1:03.23; 4. Kaleigh Haus (Carlisle) 1:03.60; 5. Valerie Welch (Iowa City West), 1:05.72; 6. Liz Miklus (Saydel), 1:05.81; 7. Stephanie Jenks (Linn-Mar), 1:06.90; 8. Aleenah Marcucci (Northeast), 1:14.52.

400 relay — 1. Cedar Rapids Jefferson (Schneekloth, Ranschau, Meese, Blue), 47.55 (ties Drake record and all-time Iowa best); 2. Waukee, 48.07; 3. Pleasant Valley, 49.47; 4. Urbandale, 49.48; 5. Des Moines East, 49.69; 6. Boone, 49.76; 7. Southeast Polk, 49.80; 8. Ankeny Centennial, 50.32.

1,600 relay — 1. Pleasant Valley (Donahue, Whigham, Banks, Swanson), 3:55.49; 2. Davenport Assumption, 3:56.21; 3. Linn-Mar, 3:56.27; 4. Waukee, 4:03.89; 5. Southeast Polk, 4:04.43; 6. Iowa City West, 4:05.86; 7. Muscatine, 4:08.70.

DRAKE RELAYS: BOYS RESULTS

3,200 relay — 1. Pleasant Valley (Sommer, Zimmer, Moss, Dixon), 7:53.84; 2. Johnston, 7:55.75; 3. West Des Moines Valley, 7:57.25; 4. Linn-Mar, 7:58.00; 5. Ames, 8:03.33; 6. Mount Vernon, 8:04.33; 7. Iowa City West, 8:05.40; 8. Cedar Falls, 8:06.52.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Waukee (Renchaw, Brown, Gray, Wessels), 56.62; 2. Linn-Mar, 57.69; 3. Mount Pleasant, 57.98.

1,600 — 1. Ryan Schweizer (West Des Moines Dowling), 4:18.18; 2. Josh Yeager (Center Point-Urbana), 4:20.21; 3. Karson Sommer (Pleasant Valley), 4:21.89; 4. Josh Borwick (Johnston), 4:22.61; 5. Greg Rinn (West Des Moines Valley), 4:22.85; 6. Eric Lenz (Tipton), 4:23.58; 7. Atem Akok (Ames), 4:23.94; 8. Tysen VanDraska (Cedar Rapids Prairie), 4:25.27.

400 hurdles — 1. Jacob Smith (West Burlington-Notre Dame), 52.55; 2. Pat Gray (Waukee), 53.90; 3. Nick Kennicker (Northeast), 53.90; 4. Wyatt Rhoads (Gilbert), 54.57; 5. JoJo Frost (Center Point-Urbana), 54.83; 6. Clayton Sommers (Saydel), 54.99; 7. Cole Phillips (Mount Pleasant), 58.44; 8. David Jellings (North Fayette Valley), 59.93.

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400 relay — 1. West Burlington-Notre Dame (T.Williams, Wrede, Trousil, X.Williams), 42.87; 2. Johnston, 43.00; 3. Glenwood, 43.06; 4. Cedar Falls, 43.16; 5. Cedar Rapids Washington, 43.40; 6. Linn-Mar, 43.46; 7. West Des Moines Dowling, 43.59.

1,600 relay — 1. Waukee (Vogel, Allen, Schneiter, Gray), 3:19.94; 2. Cedar Falls, 3:20.06; 3. Albia, 3:21.41; 4. West Des Moines Dowling, 3:21.91; 5. Urbandale, 3:23.27; 6. Cedar Rapids Washington, 3:25.68; 7. Davenport Central, 3:26.43.

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