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State bound, Washington sees Drake as reward

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Washington coach Steve Roth (center) poses with the 4x400 meter relay team of (from left) Mitchell Driscoll, Justin Simmering, Luke Turner and Ethan Hunt Friday after they won the event and qualified for state.
Photo contributed Washington coach Steve Roth (center) poses with the 4x400 meter relay team of (from left) Mitchell Driscoll, Justin Simmering, Luke Turner and Ethan Hunt Friday after they won the event and qualified for state.

Some view the high school track season as pointing to the one event at the end of the year, the state meet Thursday-Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Washington coaches Stefanie Haworth and Steve Roth view it differently.

“I just want them to go up there and have fun,” Haworth said. “It is just a reward for the whole long season.”

“I’m not expecting anything,” Roth said. “Getting there is the toughest part. It is a feather in the hat just to get in.”

The Class 3A district meet last Friday was the goal as that is when athletes qualify for state.

“It was a great night,” Roth said. “Everybody was on task.”

The girls have four events at state and they will all run on Friday.

“It is supposed to be hot on Friday, of course, so it will a lot different than the conditions we have run in ad all season,” Haworth said.

At 10:50 a.m., the 4x200 meter finals will race.

Jenah Greiner and Isabel Bailey will both compete in the long jump, which starts at 11:30 a.m. Greiner’s qualifying leap of 16 feet, 9.5 inches is fifth and Bailey is 21st at 15-8.75.

At 12:40 p.m., the 4x1 will run preliminaries with the finals Saturday. Eight of the 24 teams will make the finals.

“I think we can drop our times,” Haworth said. “I want us to get our season bests. I especially want our seniors to enjoy the experience. I hope they have a great time and do the best that they can. The pressure is off of them now so it’s just about seeing what they can do. Whatever happens, happens but there’s no pressure.”

Washington’s time is the 14th best at 51.18 seconds. Leah Marek, Bailey, Greiner and Kelsey Pacha are the relay team members. they will run in Lane 2 of Heat 2.

In the 4x2, Bailey, Marek, Ashley Telleen and Greiner have the 22nd-best time of 1 minute, 49.37 seconds. They will run in Lane 7 of Heat 1.

“Everybody that’s going to state has battled an injury at some point this season,” Haworth said. “So for them to be able to make it there is a great thing to happen.”

Mitchell Driscoll will run the 400 meters at 1:40 p.m. Thursday is timed finals. He will be in Lane 3 Heat 2. His time of 51.68 is 11th.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Cade Hennigan, Lincoln Kleese, Spencer Sotelo and Ben Schiefer will run in the shuttle hurdle relay preliminaries in Lanes 5 and 6 of Heat 3. They qualified 10th with a time of 1:01.98.

“I’m not expecting anything, but I would love to see the shuttle make the finals,” Roth said. The shuttle final is 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

At 9:40 a.m. Friday, Hennigan (17th at 15.59) and Kleese (20th at 15.81) will run in the preliminary 110 hurdles with Hennigan in Heat 1 Lane 7 and Kleese in Heat 2 Lane 1. They would run Saturday at 1:15 p.m. if they make the finals.

Kleese will compete in the long jump at 9 a.m. Friday. he qualified seventh at 20-10.75.

At 11:20 Friday, Ethan Hunt, who qualified sixth with a time of 55.14, will run the 400 hurdles in Lane 7 Heat 3 in timed finals.

The 4x1 of Kleese, Luke Turner, Jacob Miller and Hennigan (21st at 44.73) will run in Lane 1 Heat 3 at 1 p.m. Friday in preliminaries.

At 2 p.m. Friday, Driscoll, Turner, Simmering and Hunt will run Lane 2 in Heat 3 of the preliminaries of the 4x4, which they qualified 14th in a time of 3:30.27.

Both the 4x1 and 4x4 finals are Saturday afternoon starting at 3:35 p.m.

“Watching the 4x4 run at district was deja vu for me from last century,” Roth said. “It is my favorite race.”

Justin Simmering will run the 800 at 11:10 a.m. Saturday. His time of 2:02.51 is 16th.

The sprint medley will run at 9:50 a.m. Saturday. Hennigan, Miller, Hunt and Driscoll (13th at 1:35.79) will run in Heat Lane 2 of the timed finals.