DES MOINES – How did that feel?
Euphoric? Not exactly.
“Painful,” said Jessica Yagla.
No pain, no gain.
Yagla anchored Iowa City High to a come-from-behind victory in the girls’ Class 4A 3,200-meter relay at the state track meet Thursday morning at Drake Stadium. It helped vault the Little Hawks into the 4A lead after Day 1.
“My legs turned numb, but I worked as hard as I could,” Yagla said. “I kept my eye on (Valley anchor Emily Klemme). I didn’t even hear the crowd. I just kept going.”
The Little Hawks, who were led by Emily Fagan, Ashley Fuller and Hannah Kregel, were timed in 9:25.65. West Des Moines Valley was second in 9:26.05, Iowa City West third in 9:30.59.
Yagla ran down Klemme in the final 200 meters.
“We knew we could do it,” Yagla said. “We had the mentality to go out and compete.”
The Iowa City teams, as per usual, have risen to the forefront of the 4A team race. City High leads it with 30 points after five events. The three-time defending champion, West has compiled 27 points. West Des Moines Dowling is third with 23.
West got a title from discus thrower Courtney Fritz, extending its monopoly in that event to four years, with a throw of 139 feet, 2 inches.
Taylor Freeman won it in 2006 and 2008, Danica Haight in 2007.
“I wasn’t always the best,” said Fritz, who said she became a thrower in seventh grade “because I didn’t like running.
“I came in here thinking I had nothing to lose, There was no reason to be nervous.”
Throwers have 60 seconds once their name is called to enter the ring and make a throw. Fritz made the most of her time.
“I saw the (clock operator) watching me a lot,” she said. “I took a lot of time. And I took a lot of deep breaths.”
Fritz led a 1-2-3 Mississippi Valley Conference finish in the event. Majesty Tutson of City High, the Drake Relays champion, was second at 134-6. Amanda Piche of Linn-Mar was third (131-11).
City High’s Virginia Johnson was the high jump runner-up, clearing 5 feet, 4 inches.
“I felt a little off,” she said. “I didn’t think much about my height or place. I just thought about my technique.”
West got a lift from a 3-4 finish from Nichole Engelhardt and Rachel Hegeman in the 3,000-meter run. Dowling’s Katie Flood and Ashlie Decker went 1-2.
West’s Jessica Gehrke set a 4A state-meet record with a 12.22-second clocking in the 100 prelims. Sioux City East’s Ellen Dougherty won the 400 in a 4A meet record of 55.41 seconds.
Team leaders (through 5 events) – 1. Iowa City High 30, 2. Iowa City West 27, 3. West Des Moines Dowling 23, 4. Sioux City East 16, 5. Burlington 10.
Discus — 1. Courtney Fritz (Iowa City West), 139-2; 2. Majesty Tutson (Iowa City High), 134-6; 3. Amanda Piche (Linn-Mar), 13-11; 7. Marion Epperson (Cedar Rapids Washington), 114-0.
3,000 – 1. Katie Flood (West Des Moines Dowling), 9:55.11; 2. Ashlie Decker (West Des Moines Dowling), 10:03.46; 3. Nichole Engelhardt (Iowa City West), 10:14.14; 4. Nichole Engelhardt (Iowa City West), 10:26.08; 5. Rebecca Rethwisch (Iowa City High), 10:28.28; 6. Maddy Becker (Cedar Rapids Washington), 10:30.93; 8. Carolyn Newhouse (Linn-Mar), 10:45.95.
3,200 relay – 1. Iowa City High, 9:25.65; 2. West Des Moines Valley, 9:26.05; 3. Iowa City West, 9:30.59.
High jump – 1. Khanishah Williams (Burlington), 5-8 1/4; 2. Virginia Johnson (Iowa City High), 5-4; 3. Cassie Curtis (Johnson), 5-3; 4. Kristen Huebsch (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 5-3.
400 – 1. Ellen Dougherty (Sioux City East), 55.41; 2. Colette Gnade (Waukee), 56.22; 3. Emily McCarthy (Sioux City East), 56.89.