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.