Flaws caps rookie year with 8th-place medal

DES MOINES – A week or two from now, Webster City freshman Allie Flaws will wake up and realize the magnitude of her accomplishments during her first season on the track.

But her past successes were of little consolation to her Saturday as she walked off the blue oval inside Drake Stadium.

Still, a state medal is nothing to sneeze at.

Flaws closed out the spring with an eighth-place finish in the girls’ Class 3A 100-meter dash at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships. She was the lone freshman in the field and she accounted for the only team point accrued by the Lynx.

She wanted more though.

“She was so disappointed with her time (13.26 seconds), but she has to realize that she was all-state as a freshman,” WCHS girls’ co-head coach Kristy Manson said. “That’s a great accomplishment and she’s only going to learn and go up from here. Hopefully she’ll feel better about it later.”

Flaws got out of the blocks well – something she didn’t do in Thursday’s prelims – but the overwhelming speed of her other competitors was too much to overcome. Davenport Assumption’s Rose Ripslinger seized the gold medal in 12.60.

Junior Kaylee Schnathorst competed twice on Friday in the 100 hurdles prelims and shot put; she placed 22nd and 24th, respectively.

Schnathorst had a best shot toss of 31 feet, 4 inches. In the hurdles (17.54), she got off stride early and was never able to recover.

“Kaylee was going to go out hot and aggressive and she did, and because of that her stride was longer and she just nailed that first hurdle,” Manson said. “But it was a good experience for her on the track and she’ll be motivated for next year.”

WCHS boys’ senior Lucas Poland had a similar problem in the 110 high hurdles on Friday. He clipped an early hurdle and continued to have problems with his steps to the finish line. He crossed in 18.24 and was 23rd overall.

The Lynx 4×100 (45.04, 18th), 4×200 (1:33.86, 22nd) and 1,600 medley (3:46.14, 23rd) relays all hit the track. The 4×100 and 4×200 both ran season’s best times.

Nathan Nuehring, Tanner Hoveland, Cooper Jaycox and Cal Zahn competed in the 4×100 and 4×200. Nuehring and Jaycox teamed up with Eric Coleman and Nick Thilges on the medley.

Ethan Glenn capped the weekend for WCHS with a strong showing in the open 800 on Saturday; he placed 15th in a career-best 1:59.46.

Running in the first of two sections, Glenn charged into second with 300 meters to go, but couldn’t sustain his speed around the last curve. He was seventh in his heat.

“Ethan ran the exact race we laid out and it was a great way for a senior to go out,” WCHS boys’ head coach Tony Bussan said. “At 600 meters he said, ‘Coach, I thought I was going to win the whole thing … but I went to step on the gas and it wasn’t there.'”