DES MOINES — Chaley Rath's shins hurt.
But this was the kind of pain accompanied by deep satisfaction at the end of an eventful day.
After a grueling third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles final and a 100 hurdles preliminary, the Treynor junior returned to the high jump with some bounce still in her step. She cleared 5 feet, 6 inches to repeat as the Class 1-A state champion, and then she ordered the bar raised to 5-8¼ in an attempt to set the 1-A state-meet record and her personal best.
On her second try, Rath, who stands 5-8, sailed over the bar cleanly. When she landed, the crowd erupted and she quickly rose to her feet and rejoiced.
“That was probably my best jump ever,'' Rath said. “It was shock. It was like last year after I won. It's just like, ‘Oh my gosh, did that actually just happen?'''
Rath earned western Iowa's lone event title in 1-A on Friday, the second day of the three-day meet which drew 14,251 to Drake Stadium.
Griswold enters the final day leading the girls team race with 30 points. Earlham is second with 24, while North Linn, Woodward-Granger and West Hancock each have 18.
Manson-Northwest Webster leads the 1-A boys race with 33, followed by Lisbon (23), Madrid (21) and Council Bluffs St. Albert (20).
When Rath returned to the high jump after her two races, she was concerned only with repeating. She cleared 5-6 on her second try, and then the other three competitors all missed, clinching the victory.
The 1-A state-meet record was 5-8 by Jenni Elbert of Laurens-Marathon in 2004, and her personal best also was 5-8, so Rath went to 5-8¼.
“I figured I'd already won at 5-6. I've got nothing to lose,'' said Rath, who earlier qualified fourth in the 100 hurdles. “I might as well go to the next step.''
Rath said she gained some confidence after a narrow miss and a consultation with jumps coach Steve Owens. On her second attempt, she soared over the bar with nary a brush.
“I would have never expected to get that height today,'' she said.
Rath then moved the bar to 5-10. Her third try actually was a very legitimate attempt.
“That last jump was pretty close, but I was getting a little tired,'' she said.
Rath was also tired after the 400 hurdles. In that race, Algona Garrigan senior Addison Miller won a tight finish in 1:04.88, holding off second-place Rebekah Topham of Griswold (1:05.11) and third-place Rath (1:05.49).
Topham, a freshman seeking to follow Thursday's win in the 3,000, was well back coming off the final turn. She caught Rath but couldn't overtake Miller.
It appeared Topham needed a 410-meter race, instead of a 400-meter race. She agreed when asked after the race.
“I think I was catching her,'' she said.
Topham was asked how disappointed she was. Some felt she had at least a chance of winning four individual titles, something only three Iowa girls have done.
“That would have been nice,'' she said. “But I'm pretty happy about my time, and I'm excited for next year because the winner was a senior.''
The other second-place medal in 1-A went to Treynor senior Connor Meis, who finished as the runner-up in the high jump. Meis cleared 6-6, but Clay Central senior Jared Schoelerman went 6-7 to win. Schoelerman also won the Drake Relays at 6-7, while Meis was fourth at 6-5.
“I'm happy with it,'' Meis said. “He's the Drake Relays champ, and I got second to him. I felt I jumped pretty good.''
Meis returned to the track to qualify fifth for Saturday's 110 high hurdles final. He ran a leg on the Cardinals' 1,600 relay, which qualified sixth for the finals.
The St. Albert boys didn't make a lot of news, but they still have title hopes. They picked up four points in the 1,600 medley relay after a fifth-place finish from Cole Herr, Connor Thomas, Tucker Culjat and Josh Sindelar.
Sindelar got the baton in fifth place in the third heat. He moved up to third, and when the times were compared to the other heats, the Falcons settled for fifth. St. Albert was thought to have had the potential to score in the 800 relay and the discus with Marco Naughton and Doug Kelsey. It finished 11th in the 800 relay, while Kelsey ended ninth and Naughton 13th.
Western Iowa earned 12 other medals on Friday in 1-A:
Thirds went to Treynor's Quentin Keuck in the 400 hurdles and A-H-S-T's Bill Price in the discus, along with Woodbine's girls distance medley relay and A-H-S-T's girls 800 relay.
Cole Anderson of Exira-EHK was fourth in the boys 400 hurdles, while fifths went to Fremont-Mills' AJ Scarborough in the discus and East Mills' boys 800 relay.
Earning sixth-place medals were a pair of Fremont-Mills athletes, Kelsey Hurley in the high jump and Dallas Franks in the shot put, along with Trevor McKee of CAM in the 400 hurdles and A-H-S-T's boys 800 relay.
Cole McAllister of Boyer Valley placed eighth in the discus.
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