Personal records highlight North Mahaska’s State track experience

The Lady Warhawks began their State competition by setting a new personal best in the 100m shuttle hurdle relay. Morgan Yang, Maddie McKay, Olivia Lebberecht and Jadelyn Williams ran a time of 1:10.20 in prelims and then took seventh in the finals with a time of 1:11.26.

North Mahaska competed in a total of six of the 19 scored events at the State track meet in Des Moines from May 17-19. Of those six events, three of them results in new personal records set by the Lady Warhawks on the season.

                Competing against the best in the state, the Lady Warhawks got off to the right foot by setting a new personal record in the 100m shuttle hurdle relay prelims, advancing them to the finals on the 19. Morgan Yang, Maddie McKay, Olivia Lobberecht and Jadelyn Williams combined to run a time of 1:10.20 in their preliminary run, finishing third in their heat and sixth overall. Two days later, the same four came out and ran a time of 1:11.26 to finish seventh in the finals with each earning a medal.

                Cheyenne Shaw also competed on the first day of State, running in the 3000m race. She ran a time of 11:26.35 at Districts, which was the 10th fastest overall out of 24 girls who qualified. At the State meet, Shaw finished just below her ranking with a time of 11:39.92, ending up in 14th place. She also qualified to compete in the 1500m run, which she finished in 22nd place with a time of 5:19.48.

                This was Shaw’s second appearance at State in only her second year running for North Mahaska.

                “Last year was a lot better. This year I was in better shape coming into State and I didn’t perform as well as I should have,” Shaw said. “No race is a waste of time. Hopefully next year I can come back and run better.”

                The Lady Warhawks also had chances to pick up points in the 800m sprint medley and the DMR. Yang, Bailey Ferguson, Mallory Klinker and Williams combined to run a time of 1:57.17, finishing 18th overall in the sprint medley. The senior quartet were able to set a new personal best in the event, beating their previous fastest time by nearly one second.

                “I’ve been able to run with these seniors for a couple years now and I watch them and how they lay it all out there,” Shaw said. “It definitely inspires me to push past the pain and give it all I’ve got.”

                In the DMR, the group of Klinker, Ferguson, Williams and Shaw were able to set another personal best by running a time of 4:31.52, finishing sixth in the section and 18th overall, also beating their old time of 4:34.84.

                North Mahaska also had one boy make it to the State meet, with Seth Edmundson competing in the long jump. He came into competition with his best jump of the season at 20’-6.25” but was unable to record a distance at State after fouling on his three jumps.