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Posted May 17, 2013
Mustangs win 3,200 relay

DES MOINES – Mount Vernon’s Lauren Wilch and Emma Cochrane celebrated a repeat win in the 3,200 relay. Both played key roles in last year’s 3A triumph in the event when the Mustangs ran in a combined program with Lisbon. That partnership spanned 25 years — and led to a 2010 win that produced a class record time of 9:17.72.

“Right now I’m still kind of in shock, to be honest,” said Wilch, a senior who anchored both victories, with Thursday’s coming in 9:46.46. “We’re just very lucky and blessed to be here. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

Two of those teammates, Maren Jeppson and McKayla Hartl, are freshmen. Cochrane’s a sophomore.

“I think we always had the confidence,” Cochrane said. “Always knew we could do it.”

STAEBLER SHINES: Clayton Ridge standout Jasmine Staebler cruised to a state title in the 400, running a 56.23.

It was nearly a full second better than her closest competitor.

“I really like to get out, then at the 200 mark, give everything I’ve got left,” Staebler said.

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