THE NEED FOR SPEED: Flaws jumps up to fourth in 100
DES MOINES – Allie Flaws took the time to appreciate what she had accomplished, and she even managed to smile, in the aftermath of her latest sprint on the big stage inside Drake Stadium in front of 8,744 fans Saturday afternoon.
It was a far cry from the emotions she felt just 12 months earlier.
Determined to improve upon what she felt was a disappointing first effort as a freshman in 2013, the Webster City sophomore proved she is one of the fastest females in Class 3A during the final day of the Iowa Co-ed State Track and Field Championships.
Seeded fourth entering the 100-meter dash final, Flaws got out of the blocks strong and sailed down the blue oval in 12.85 seconds for a fourth-place finish.
“I’m really happy with the race (on Saturday),” Flaws said. “I had a good start … it was fun.”
It was Flaws second trip to the medal stand. She finished eighth in the same race as a freshman, but turned in times of 13.10 and 13.26 in the prelims and finals. She said this was her chance at redemption.
“Last year was way worse,” she said. “I don’t want to bring up the 13.10 again.”
Flaws ran beside Davenport Assumption senior Rose Ripslinger, who defended her 100 title in a new meet record time of 12.20. Ripslinger returned to the track just an hour later and set another meet record en route to the 200 gold (24.85).
It was quite a few days for Ripslinger, who earlier in the week was named Iowa’s Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year for the fourth time. She’ll play college soccer at the University of Iowa.
Assumption won the girls’ 3A team title with 107 points – the second most in meet history. Solon (50 points) won the boys’ 3A crown.
Waukee (80) and Pleasant Valley (821?2) won the 4A boys’ and girls’ championships.
WCHS girls’ track coach Kristy Manson said Flaws’ performance was a happy ending for her tenure in charge. Manson has resigned her post after two years; she’ll move with her husband and Lynx boys’ tennis coach, Matt, to Chariton where he has accepted a position.
“The top eight last year and top four this year, she should be proud of herself,” Manson said. “It will be exciting to see what she can do next year.”
Manson’s squad competed in three events on Friday. Kaylee Schnathorst and the 4×100 relay both placed 13th, while Carrie Gerdes took 21st in the long jump.
Schnathorst had a best toss of 35 feet, 11 inches. Gerdes – the 2012 state runner-up – jumped 15-11?4 on her first attempt, but scratched on her final two jumps.
Flaws anchored the 4×100 to a 51.27 clocking – a two-second improvement over what the foursome that also included Gerdes, Morgan Gourley and Hannah Harfst had run during the regular season.
“The 4×1 ran really well,” Manson said. “It was awesome.”
The WCHS boys’ team also placed 13th in the 4×100 prelims. Tanner Hoveland, Cooper Jaycox, Cory Keenan and Cal Zahn finished in 44.42.
“I thought our 4×1 did really well,” WCHS boys’ head coach Tony Bussan said. “We exceeded our (pre-race) seed and that’s all you can ask for.”