It was a lonely, cold, soggy wait for the baton on Saturday morning, but Davenport Assumption’s girls stayed patient.
The only high school girls’ final up for grabs in the rainy early session was the 4×800-meter relay, and the defending champion Knights fought to keep their legs warm and overtake Waukee for the win.
“The rain was less of factor than the temperature, so I just had to stay moving and keep loose,” said Assumption anchor Joy Ripslinger. “Throughout the beginning of the race we were there, and I had confidence that we would make our way up.”
Mallory King took the lead from Waukee in the third leg and Ripslinger extended it for a win in 9:20.99, ahead of last year’s 9:23.78 victory.
Linn-Mar of Marion used anchor Amber Decker to earn a second-place finish in 9:27.74, with Waukee pulling in third with 9:30.49.
“I was slightly nervous, but I had confidence that we could pull through with whatever we set our minds to,” Ripslinger said.
The other girls’ race on Saturday morning was the preliminary round in the 400 shuttle hurdle relay. Urbandale, Pleasant Valley, Waukee and Clear Creek-Amana qualified for the afternoon final, each winning their heats and setting up a 12:10 p.m. showdown.