Jerry Jrgenson, Treynor, 800m, State Track, Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa

Treynor’s Jerry Jorgenson overcame a tough start to take second in the 1,600, improving on last year’s fifth-place showing.

DES MOINES — Having a year to think about what could have been can be quite a motivator.

Treynor watched Underwood celebrate its state victory in the 1,600-meter relay by a second over the Cardinals at last year’s Class 2-A state track and field meet. This time, it was Treynor that made the dramatic comeback on the final leg to secure the second relay title for the quartet of Rachel Kinsella, Noel James, Mia Shipley and Megan Carley.

Carley passed Hull Western Christian’s Olivia Granstra in the final 50 to give the Cardinals the gold in 4 minutes, 1.88 seconds, less than two tenths ahead of the Wolfpack. The winning time was more than four seconds faster than they ran in the prelims.

“Honestly, I just tried to go as fast as I could,” said Carley, who also finished fourth in the 200. “I knew the finish line was there and it was the last race of my high school career, so I am just giving it my all.”

The same four runners combined to win the 800 relay on Friday, with Carley also passing a runner in the final strides.

“This one is probably my favorite. After getting runner-up last year, it was not a good feeling. We really wanted this one the whole year,” James said. “Ever since last year at state we are like, ‘We got it next year.’ It is a great feeling.

“Getting that 800 relay out of the way made us a little more comfortable going in.”

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Tri-Center finished fifth in the race.

The victory vaulted the Cardinals into a tie for fifth place in the team race with Cascade with 29 points.

The Treynor boys team saw a pair of events come up just short of victory.

The shuttle hurdle relay ran a personal best of 59.76 seconds to finish as the runner-up. The quartet of Jack Tiarks, Wyatt James, Sid Schaaf and Jake Fisher put forth a strong effort a year after being disqualified from the event.

“Everyone ran great. Not the outcome we wanted, but everyone ran great,” Tiarks said. “To come back and kind of redeem ourselves and pick up where we were last year, where we knew we should have been, was great to do that.”

The Cardinals, who had to deal with injuries to a pair of their hurdlers this season, could not track down Dike-New Hartford, which won in 59.49.

“Two of us got hurt and our first meet back was the state qualifier, so we got it together,” Schaaf said. “We PR’ed both times we ran (this weekend), so we feel really good.”

Treynor’s Jerry Jorgenson overcame a tough start to take second in the 1,600, improving on last year’s fifth-place showing. He ran 4:26.19.

“I got off to an awful start, probably one of the worst of my state career,” Jorgenson said. “I got back in that fourth, fifth position through 400 and I am glad that I had a kick left to get second.”

Jorgenson finished fourth in the 800, running 1:57.96.

“I was able to get a lot of team points and that really was the goal coming in here,” he said. “Obviously, I wish I would have gotten a state title, but I am more than glad with what we did.”

The OABCIG girls had the other victory on the day, running 50.09 in the 400 relay.

“This means everything to me,” said Falcon senior anchor Sydney Durbin. “My freshman year I won state in the high jump and my senior year I got to end it winning the four-by-one.”

Tri-Center’s Peyton Pogge medaled in another event when she closed strong to take third in the 1,500 in 4:51.02.

“The last 800 I knew I had to go because there are girls that have a good kick,” Pogge said. “I pushed all I could on that last 800. This feels great because there are so many other good runners.”

The Underwood boys’ 1,600 relay team came to the line in third, posting a 3:26.35, and the Eagles’ girls’ shuttle hurdle relay squad ran 1:08.91 to finish fifth. OABCIG’s Anna Winterrowd was third in the 100 and 200, in 12.72 and 26.38, respectively.

Kevin is The World-Herald's lead western Iowa sportswriter, covering about 60 high schools. He's also in charge of the sports department at The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs.

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