State track: Waukee girls' 4-A title run a tale of quick redemption

State track: Waukee girls' 4-A title run a tale of quick redemption

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State track: Waukee girls' 4-A title run a tale of quick redemption

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Waukee’s Maddie Rouw chose to apply adversity to her advantage.
Rouw failed to repeat as the Class 4-A state high jump champion on Friday, taking third place. Humbled and heartbroken, she returned to lead her school to a second straight team championship at Drake Stadium.
She led Waukee’s shuttle hurdle relay to an all-time Iowa girls’ best on Saturday.
“I was kind of upset (after Friday), but a good upset makes me want to do better in my other races,” Rouw said.
Waukee placed fourth in the final event, the 4×400 relay, to stay ahead of Pleasant Valley in the team standings. Waukee finished with 80 points, two more than Pleasant Valley.
“The depth of our team is ridiculous, and that’s what has led us to two state titles in a row,” Waukee senior Taylor Officer said.
Griswold won its third straight 1-A title. Davenport Assumption took the 3-A crown and Western Christian of Hull won in 2-A.
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic took third in 4-A. Des Moines Christian, another 4×400 champ, was third in 2-A.
Waukee’s shuttle hurdle relay won in 1:01.87. Emma Drees, Emily Kamm, Mallory Smith and Rouw ran on the unit, which also set the previous all-time best of 1:02.22 at the Drake Relays last month.
Like Rouw, comebacks were common at this year’s state meet. Agnes Sayeh of Des Moines Roosevelt returned after a knee injury. Rebekah Topham of Griswold rallied after an illness. Lydia Saggau of West Des Moines Valley bounced back from a sore hip.
Sayeh dropped out of Thursday’s 400 meters in the middle of the race.
“My knee couldn’t bend, so I knew I had to stop running,” Sayeh said.
She won the 100-meter dash and anchored the sprint medley to a meet record 1:45.66 clocking.
“My head kept really telling me to go,” said Sayeh, after pushing herself toward the finish in the medley.
Teammate Jalynn Roberts-Lewis took second to Sayeh in the 100.
Topham was ill with a virus at the Drake Relays, but returned to win the 800 and 1,500 Saturday. The sophomore won both for the second straight year.
“I’m still kind of sick,” Topham said. “I wanted to be healthy when I came back and win or do my best.”
Saggau ran a gutty final lap to win the 4-A 800.
“I wanted not to think about the pain, just think about the end of the race,” Saggau said. “It’s one 400 to feel horrible and then it would be done.”
Other speedy performances were aided by the sunny weather after a cold, damp and occasionally snowy spring.
Urbandale’s Mary Young repeated as the 100 hurdles champ in 4-A. She ran a sizzling 14.62 seconds.
“I felt like I was sprinting,” Young said.
Waverly-Shell Rock’s Anna Holdiman defended her title in the 3-A 1,500.
“This is the last time I’ll ever run on this track as a high schooler,” Holdiman said.
Treynor’s Chaley Rath, a three-time state high jump champ, added a 100 hurdles title.
“I wanted to show what else I’m capable of doing,” Rath said.
Jasmine Staebler of Clayton Ridge of Guttenberg finished with three individual titles, winning the 200, 400 and 800.
Jessica Campbell of Dowling won the 200 and anchored the first-place 4×100.
“There’s no better way I could finish my Dowling career,” Campbell said. “I can’t believe it’s over, but what an ending.”

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