Class 1A girls notebook: Luhring earns another long jump medal (PHOTOS)

Grundy Center's Kyah Luhring prepares for landing in the long jump pit in Des Moines on Thursday. (Jake Ryder photo)

DES MOINES – This year felt a little different for Kyah Luhring.

 

The Spartan junior noted she had to work through injuries to get to a point where she could jump well enough to make it back to state.

  

She was ready on Thursday, jumping 17-1 for a third-place medal in the 1A girls long jump, her third time medaling in the event in as many tries for Luhring.

  

"I felt like I had nothing to lose once I was top 8," Luhring said. "I had been struggling to get up more for a longer jump and I thought about that and it really helped me."

  

Luhring will run in the 4x400, distance medley and sprint medley races as well later this week.

 

Dahlia Gardiner of BCLUW made her first appearance at Drake Stadium, and the freshman placed 20th in the long jump after a 14-11.75 best jump.

 

FISHER BEGINS FINAL STATE MEET:AGWSR senior Aubrie Fisher picked up her 12th state medal with a third-place run in the 1A girls 3,000, crossing the finish line in 11:01.15.

 

Fisher will run in the distance medley relay on Friday and the 800 and 1,500 on Saturday. Thursday's red-hot conditions, with air temperature over 90 degrees, didn't make for the best chances to top Fisher's PR in the 3,000.

 

"I'm not the most mentally tough with heat," Fisher admitted. "I just tried to keep an eye on the two girls in front of me and try to keep them from gaining on me."

 

STORMS DISRUPT 1A/4A SCHEDULE:Strong thunderstorms boomed into Drake Stadium before the end of the 4A 400 meter dash, and after a near-hour delay, the decision was made to postpone the remaining events of the day.

  

As a result, the final heat of the 4A 400 will run Friday between the 3A girls 4x400 and 2A boys 4x400 prelims.

  

In addition, the girls 1A and 4A shuttle hurdle races will be reseeded for a timed finals format, which will run at 11:50 a.m. Saturday. BCLUW's girls shuttle hurdle team was scheduled to run in the first heat of the prelims before the weather moved in.

 

LINDEMAN LEADS FELLOW FIRST-TIMERS: Though they're all technically first-timers getting to run on the Blue Oval, Bella Dole, Paiton Wallis and Taylor Stahl have looked to Grundy Center senior Sarah Lindeman as the quartet went to the track in the girls 4x800 on Thursday.

 

The Spartans finished 11th in 10:27.51.

 

"I've had a lot of seniors leading me over the year, so it's exciting to be a leader for them," Lindeman said. "They have so much potential and I was really excited to take them down here in my last year."

 

"The adrenaline pushed us, the excitement of being here," Paiton Wallis said. "Sarah's being a great leader with our team."

 

Notes: Grundy Center's Hailey Wallis finished 12th in the 1A girls 100 in 13.10. Finals cutoff was 12.96 but Wallis beat her seed placement and time (20th, 13.32) ... Grundy Center's Kylie Willis finishes 16th in the Class 1A shot put with a top throw of 35 feet, 6.5 inches. Improved on her district title winning throw and beat her 23rd place seed coming in.

 

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