DES MOINES — Look to the sky Friday at the state track meet, and you saw raindrops.
Brooke Foreman saw her grandfather.
“He never got to see me run,” Foreman said after blazing to a Class 4A girls’ 400-meter hurdles title in 1:02.62 at the state track meet Friday at Drake Stadium. “But he sees me now. I just know it.”
Foreman’s grandfather, Edward Foreman, died of lymphoma in January. Brooke dedicated her track season to him, then after she crossed the finish line, pointed skyward.
In a dead heat with Lewis Central’s Natalie Olberding with two hurdles to go, Foreman pulled away in the final 80 meters.
“Something in me just snapped,” said Foreman, who posted a career-best by more than a second. “I have a killer instinct inside me. Something just snaps.”
Iowa City High controls the 4A girls’ team race heading into the final day. The Little Hawks have 59 points through 10 events. Iowa City West is second with 34 points.
If the Little Hawks hold on, they will win their seventh title, their first since 2004.
Rachel Broghammer was a wounded winner.
Moments after anchoring Cedar Rapids Jefferson to the 800-meter relay title, Broghammer received a nasty gash over her right eye in a victory celebration gone awry.
As Broghammer and Taylor Jacobson leaped into each other’s arms, one of Jacobson’s teeth nicked Broghammer, causing blood to flow.
“I don’t even feel it,” Broghammer said. “Every race, after we win, we jump on top of each other. Sometimes we fall down.”
Jacobson fared better.
“I’m fine,” she said. “My tooth is great.”
Maliya Rattliffe, Summer Carber, Jacobson and Broghammer finished in 1:42.77. City High was second in 1:43.55.
The J-Hawks finished second to Des Moines Roosevelt at the Drake Relays, then vaulted to the title Friday.
“We really wanted to beat Roosevelt,” Carber said. “J-Hawks don’t back down.”
McKennan Cronbaugh extended Iowa City West’s reign in the long jump to three years. She jumped 18 feet, 10 1/2 inches, a distance that ranks 12th all-time in Iowa.
A sophomore, Cronbaugh had the four longest jumps of the competition, leaping 18 feet or more on four occasions.
Cronbaugh succeeded Jessica Gehrke, who won the title in 2009 and 2010.
City High freshman Kiera Washpun was second.
West’s Cara Jensen and City’s Aliyah Gustafsonwere second and third in the shot put. Jadyn Spencer of Waterloo West won it.