SEE YA NEXT WEEK: Flaws, Schnathorst golden; Gerdes, 4×100 also in state field

NEVADA – Allie Flaws kept a calm demeanor as she trucked down the straightaway amidst cold temperatures and rain showers here last night.

It looked like, ho-hum, just another race. But it was so much more than that.

The eighth-place medal winner in the 100-meter dash at last year’s state meet, the now Webster City sophomore poured the exhaust fumes down the throats of her competitors at last night’s Class 3A State Qualifying meet. Flaws’ new personal-best time of 12.65 seconds won the 100 easily, and it should set her up for a premium lane at next week’s state meet in Des Moines.

“Allie looked awesome. That’s the best I’ve ever seen her run the 100,” WCHS head coach Kristy Manson said. “If she could duplicate that at state, that could get her into the top three for sure.”

WCHS automatically qualified five events – it’s not a surprise that Flaws is involved of three of them – and will wait until later today to see if it can sneak several more through.

The Lynx notched 100 points to finish fourth in the team standings behind Boone (172), Algona (120) and Gilbert (119).

Flaws also punched a ticket in the 200 (26.61); she trailed only Boone freshman phenom Dianna Slight (26.01), who also won the 400 (59.53).

Flaws also anchored the 4×100 relay to the silver medal. Carrie Gerdes, Morgan Gourley and Hannah Harfst joined her to put up a time of 52.28 – a second faster than their previous season’s best.

“We’ve been working on the handoffs all year and we finally got it together,” Manson said. “Better late than never I guess.”

Sitting in second place heading into her sixth and final throw in the shot put, WCHS senior Kaylee Schnathorst decided that gold would look much better. A new personal-best throw of 37 feet, 6.75 inches later, the gold was hers.

Schnathorst says her personal good luck charm came through again.

“Madeline Keane, she’s the good luck charm,” Schnathorst said. “She came with me to Iowa Falls when I threw a PR and won the meet, and then she came with me to conference when I threw a PR and won that meet. So she’s coming to state too.”

Schnathorst has an outside chance to qualify in the discus as well. She was third by a measly inch last night with a heave of 102-2.

Junior long jumper Carrie Gerdes will get back to Drake Stadium after a one-year layoff – the same venue of her state runner-up finish two years ago.

Gerdes splashed down 15-5.5 away from the board in the prelims and it held up for second place.

Also still in the mix for an at-large berth in the state field is the Lynx shuttle hurdle relay. Schnathorst, Kenzie Garvey, Keane and Hannah Myers won bronze in 1:12.17.