DES MOINES — Lenox junior Katie Dukes placed in the Class 1A 400 meters for the second straight year here Thursday at the Co-ed State Track Meet.
After placing seventh a year ago, Dukes finished sixth this year with her time of 1:00.83. Murray senior Kate Patton, in her third event of the day, finished 16th in 1:02.93.
“That’s pretty good,” Dukes said. “A lot better than last year, that’s for sure. Coming into the meet, I only ran like a 1:02.”
Dukes, who has battled a calf injury throughout the season, said it felt good to come back from the injury to place at state.
“It feels like I achieved a lot this year.”
Patton to finals
Even though she didn’t place in the 400 meters this year, Patton still had a successful first day on the track, qualifying for finals in the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
Patton qualified fourth for Saturday’s 100 meter finals with her time of 13.07. She qualified third for the 200 meter finals by running 26.18.
Lenox junior Aurora Arevalo also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters, running 26.88 to earn the final qualifying spot.
“That was my ultimate goal,” Patton said about qualifying for finals of the 100 and 200. “I got second last year (100 meters), and I’d like to improve on that.”
In the boys 200 meters, Murray senior Andrew Rider finished 20th in 23.85.
Two area Pride of Iowa Conference teams battled it out in the shuttle hurdle relay Thursday morning.
Mount Ayr and Nodaway Valley both ran 1:11.30 in their respective heats. After taking the times out to the thousandths of a second, Mount Ayr earned 10th place in 1:11.294 compared to 1:11.299 for Nodaway Valley.
Another Pride of Iowa Conference team in Central Decatur, missed finals by .01 seconds in ninth place, running 1:11.24.
Nodaway Valley sophomore Destiny Scar finished 20th in the 3,000 meters, running 11:29.62.
Lenox finished 22nd in the girls 4x800 relay. East Union junior Chelsea Hoyt placed 24th in the shot put with her throw of 30-2.50.
Co-ed State Track Meet
200 meters prelims — 1. Kyle Groeneweg, West Lyon, 21.93; 20. Andrew Rider, Murray, 23.85.
Shot put — Meagan Andersen, Woodbine, 39-10.75; 24. Chelsea Hoyt, East Union, 30-2.50.
Shuttle hurdle relay prelims — 1. North Linn, 1:07.55; 10. Mount Ayr (Megan Warin, Laura Davison, Paige Daughton, Ashton Johnson), 1:11.294; 11. Nodaway Valley (Josie Carter, Paige McElfish, Kenna Lundy, Katy Ehrsam), 1:11.299.
3,000 meters — 1. Rebekah Topham, Griswold, 9:56.73; 20. Destiny Scar, Nodaway Valley, 11:29.62.
100 meters prelims — 1. Katie Maschmann, Montezuma, 12.36; 4. Kate Patton, Murray, 13.07.
4x800 relay — 1. North Linn, 9:43.92; 22. Lenox (Rebekah Kroese, Jacy Stoaks, Shantelle Brown, Katie Dukes), 10:34.60.
200 meters prelims — 1. Katie Maschmann, Montezuma, 25.49; 3. Kate Patton, Murray, 26.18; 8. Aurora Arevalo, Lenox, 26.88.
400 meters — 1. Jolissa Kriegel, BGM, 58.44; 6. Katie Dukes, Lenox, 1:00.83; 16. Kate Patton, Murray, 1:02.93.
Shot put — 1. Zach Samson, CMB, 56-5.50; 24. Keegan Longabaugh, Southwest Valley, 42-4.
200 meters prelims — 1. Natalie Halfman, Saint Ansgar, 25.25; 23. Sydney Maynes, Southwest Valley, 27.74.