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Posted April 27, 2012
Goodell denied a discus repeat

Williamsburg's Dakotah Goodell throws the discus during the Drake Relays on Friday. She placed second. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG)

DES MOINES — Dakotah Goodell threw well enough to set a personal record.

But not quite far enough to repeat.

Dubuque Wahlert’s Katelyn Weimerskirch denied Goodell a second consecutive Drake Relays discus title Friday, unleashing a throw of 148 feet, 1 inch on her final try.

“I was praying that she wouldn’t throw it that far, but she did,” said Goodell, a senior at Williamsburg. “I really wanted to repeat, so I’m a little disappointed. But I had a (career-best), so it’s OK.”

Goodell led the field through the preliminaries at 139-5, then extended her lead with an effort of 146-2 on her fifth throw.

She seemed safe. But Weimerskirch came through on her final throw, topping her previous best of the competition by nearly 12 feet.

Friday’s girls competition was monopolized by Des Moines Roosevelt. The Roughriders won five events.

Jalynn Roberts-Lewis ruled the long jump, Destani Welch took the 100 hurdles and Erika Hawkins won a 100-meter dash in which the Riders went 1-3-4.

Roosevelt’s 800 relay set a meet record in 1:41.66, and the sprint medley also won.

“We’ve worked so hard,” Agnes Sayeh said. “Our motto is, ‘Win, win, win.’ ”

Three of the top fourĀ 800 runners were freshmen, including Nicole Miller of North Linn (third, 2:14.79) and Jasmine Staebler of Clayton Ridge (fourth, 2:16.00).

Lydia Saggau of West Des Moines Valley won it in 2:12.07; Griswold freshman Rebekah Topham — Thursday’s 3,000-meter champion — was second.

“I feel lucky that I’m able to run here,” Miller said. “I knew that if I got out quick, I could finish pretty well.”

Cascade picked up a pair of fourth-place relay finishes, the sprint medley and the 800 relay.

“It gets us excited to come back out here for state,” Abbey Meyer said. “When we come back, we’ll be ready for the environment.”

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