Senior Sami  Bohr finished her high school career Friday at the state qualifying races at Ed-Co. (Photo courtesy of Marie Conway)
Senior Sami Bohr finished her high school career Friday at the state qualifying races at Ed-Co. (Photo courtesy of Marie Conway)

The South Winn girls’ and boys’ track teams qualified 11 events to the state meet and finished fourth with 69 points Friday at the Class 1A District 3 state-qualifying meet.

The boys are represented by five events, following the qualifier. As a team, the Warriors finished runner-up with 90 points.

The state meet runs Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines (see box on page A-10 for the schedule)


Qualifying process

In Class 1A, the top performance in each event at all sites throughout the state automatically qualifies for state. The next 14 best times/distances from across the state also advance, for a total of 24 per event.


The girls

South Winn earned fourth in team standings with 69 points, with six events going to state.

“Our girls turned in an outstanding performance at the State Qualifying meet,” said coach Kevin Kearney. “We had five events that we felt would be able to qualify with a good performance. All five of those events turned in season best performances and qualified for state. In addition, we had some other events that we felt could place well and be within striking distance of qualifying and across the board our girls were coming up with their best performances of the season.”

The 4x800 started things by taking second. Ashley Kriener, Eryn Sabelka, Olivia Massman and Kayley Taylor stopped the clock in 10:28.02. They are seeded 14th overall.

Ellie Loesch will be making her fourth appearance at state in the 100-meter dash after winning the qualifying event in 12.83 seconds. She is seeded fourth.  The senior will make her third appearance in the 200-meter dash, an event she also won at Ed-Co, breaking the tape in 26.53 seconds. Last year, Loesch was the state runner-up in both sprint events.

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