DES MOINES — Jared Ganschow redeemed himself. And then some.
A runner-up two years ago, Ganschow won the Class 3A boys 400-meter dash at state track and field meet Thursday at Drake Stadium.
“This is awesome,” Ganschow said. “I’ve been waiting for this for two years.”
Ganschow, of Clear Creek Amana, was second as a sophomore, in 2011. Last year, he pulled a hamstring at the district meet.
Thursday, he won in 48.57 seconds. Raheem Black of Fort Madison was second in 48.81.
“I had to get out early,” Ganschow said. “I went out hard the first 50 (meters), then cruised for a while. With about 150 to go, I cranked it up a little bit.”
Ignited by a 1-2 finish in the 3,200-meter run, Boone seized the early lead in the 3A boys team race with 19.5 points through five events. Fort Madison is second with 17 points, followed by Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa Falls-Alden and Decorah with 12 apiece.
Waukon’s Seth Snitker was the discus runner-up, and was perfectly fine with it.
“I was just power throwing for most of the season, throwing 140 to 145 feet,” he said. “I tried the spin for the first time a couple weeks ago.”
The results have been remarkable. Snitker flung it 174 feet, 4 inches Thursday, and led the competition until Storm Lake’s Ethan Kenkel surpassed it at 176-4 on his fifth throw.
“I came in here, thinking I’d be happy with 170 feet,” Snitker said. “I had no idea I’d finish second.”
Defending champion Decorah got fourth-place finishes from Patrick Larson in the 3,200 and Josey Jewell in the discus.