DES MOINES — Little Sis has a championship of her own.
Micaela Haight of Iowa City West dominated the girls’ Class 4A shot put at the state track meet Friday at Drake Stadium. She was regularly over 42 feet, highlighted by a best throw of 44-6 1/4.
Her sister, Danica, won three shot put titles at West before moving on to the University of Michigan.
“I was a lot more consistent today,” Haight said. “I had a really good week of practice.
“It’s an amazing feeling.”
Haight, surprisingly, failed to qualify in the discus. It was a major bummer at the time, but it did give her a chance to focus on her specialty.
“I was really upset at regionals,” she said. “But today, a lot of my throws were good and high, and I kept my elbow up.”
West won three of four field events this week — Jessica Gehrke added the long jump crown Friday while Courtney Fritz captured the shot put title Thursday.
The Women of Troy take the team lead into Saturday, when the final nine events will be contested. West has 57 points, Iowa City High 52. Waukee is third with 38.
“Tomorrow is going to be so important,” Gehrke said. “It’s going to be tough. We’re going to have to dig down and do our best if we’re going to win the championship.”
Unlike the Drake Relays, when she needed a clutch jump on her final attempt to win, Gehrke won convincingly. Her best jump, 18-11, came in the preliminaries. Nobody else really threatened.
“I was more relaxed the whole time,” Gehrke said. “My first jump was a good one to get to the finals, and I could go for it more on my next jumps.”
City High got second-place finishes Friday from Majesty Tutson in the shot put and its 800-meter relay to remain in solid contention.
In the 4×200, Waukee’s Whitney Westrum came from way back in Lane 8 to give the Warriors the win in 1:42.55. City High was second in 1:42.68, Cedar Rapids Xavier third in 1:42.70.
All three teams broke the old 4A meet record.
“If everybody goes out and gives their best, there are no regrets. You can’t be upset,” said City anchor Ashley Wilkinson.
Xavier anchor Hannah Breitbach said, “I love running against anchors like that. It’s great competition. We wanted to run 1:43. I have three good runners in front of me. They’re here for me, and I’m here for them.”
Sioux City East ran an all-time Iowa best of 4:00.39 in the distance medley relay, anchored by Shelby Houlihan’s 2:10.5 split.
“This is only the third time I’d run it, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Houlihan said. “(The crowd) really helped me get my adrenalin up. I tried to relax myself, but I still had that anxiety.
East’s effort crushed the old standard of 4:03.56, set by City High in 2001. Waukee was second, City High third, West fifth.
Team leaders (through 10 events) – 1. Iowa City West 57, 2. Iowa City High 52, 3. Waukee 38, 4. Sioux City East 32, 5. West Des Moines Dowling 28.
Distance medley relay – 1. Sioux City East, 4:00.39; 2. Waukee, 4:07.75; 3. Iowa City High, 4:08.63; 5. Iowa City West, 4:13.92.
Shot put – 1. Micaela Haight (Iowa City West), 44-6 1/4; 2. Majesty Tutson (Iowa City High), 41-9 1/2; 3. Emily Messerly (Waukee), 39-10; 7. Courtney Fritz (Iowa City West), 39-10.
400 hurdles — 1. Emily Roberts (Ankeny), 1:00.89; 2. Susan Rodriguez (Pleasant Valley), 1:01.12; 3. Ellen Dougherty (Sioux City East), 1:01.25; 7. Liza Minor (Iowa City West), 1:01.12.
800 relay — 1. Waukee, 1:42.55; 2. Iowa City High, 1:42.68; 3. Cedar Rapids Xavier, 1:42.70; 5. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 1:44.65; 7. Iowa City West, 1:45.47.
Long jump – 1. Jessica Gehrke (Iowa City West), 18-11 1/4; 2. Alexis Mitchell (Davenport Central), 18-4; 3. Sarah Wenzel (Clinton), 17-8.
Boys state track at Scott Dochterman’s blog.