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High School girls track: Mason City surges into state meet

High School girls track: Mason City surges into state meet

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Following their success last week at the Tri-State Large Meet, the Mason City girls track team put on a big show Monday night in Ames at the Varsity Invitational.

By the end of the day, the Mohawks had set a new school record, and put themselves in good position for plenty of representation at this week's indoor state meet. 

Senior Ninke van Aalst ran a 9.85 in the 60m hurdles, which shattered the previous school record of 9.99, set by Kendall Cornick in 2014. This time was good for 11th place, a pretty good mark amongst the field of 128 hurdlers.

She probably could've had an even better mark, but after a brief stumble, she recovered in time to set a new best.

"That was super exciting," coach Jim Lee. "It was probably because she almost fell, but we think she has even more in her to run her race. It was the third race of her life in the hurdles, so it was pretty impressive."

Junior Grace Tobin threw 35 feet in the shot put, which was good for ninth place overall. The sprint medley team placed seventh with a time of 1:58.79. 

The Mohawks shocked even their coach with their impressive performance in the 4x400 relay. The four athletes, Hannah Thomas, Odeleine Daugherty, van Aalst, and Jada Williams, ran 4:17.33. The time was the 10th best time in the state this season. 

"That race surprised me a little bit," Lee said. "I set a time for 4:22 for those kids, and which I thought they could run for sure. Those kids blew me out of the water. I did not see that coming at all." 

The team's next competition is the indoor state meet at the University of Dubuque on Saturday. With their most recent performance, Lee is hopeful that several Mohawks will qualify. The team will find out its qualifiers on Wednesday or Thursday. 

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