Darby Thomas, CB Abraham Lincoln, 100m Hurdles, State Track, Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa, 19-5-17

Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln's Darby Thomas won the 100 hurdles.

DES MOINES — For all of Darby Thomas’ remarkable accomplishments at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, some might be surprised to learn something.

Entering her final day as a high school track athlete, she had never won a state championship on the Jim Duncan Track at Drake Stadium.

And after Thomas finished second to Purdue recruit Kerris Roberts of Waterloo East in the 100-meter final on Saturday, that made six medals earned on the track and no golds.

But about 20 minutes later, Thomas ended that drought in magical fashion. She exploded from the blocks and cruised to victory in the 100 hurdles in a personal-best 14.23 seconds. It was the sixth-fastest time in Iowa history and will go nicely with her three state long jump crowns.

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“It was so amazing,’’ the Nebraska recruit said. “It’s definitely been in my head since I started competing. I always just kind of settled. I mean, Kerris is an amazing athlete. Getting second to her is fine with me. She deserves it. She’s an amazing person. I don’t mind placing second to good people.’’

There was no shame in finishing second to Roberts in the 100. Roberts broke cleanly and didn’t allow Thomas to narrow the gap, winning in 11.90 to Thomas’ 12.08. Thomas said she felt a “ping’’ in her right hamstring as she finished the 100, but it wasn’t an issue as the day wore on.

Despite the short rest, Thomas ruled the 100 hurdles. Iowa City Liberty junior Taylor Cannon was a distant second in 14.46.

“Coming off of tired legs, I’m just impressed,’’ Thomas said. “I think it was probably one of my better starts of the year. I’ve been having a lot of problems with my shins.’’

Thomas ended her day with a second in the 200 (25.46), finishing well behind Roberts (24.74), who won her seventh career title: three in the 200, two in the 100 and two in the 400 relay.

It was Thomas’ 12th career medal. She amassed four firsts, five seconds, two thirds and a seventh.

“I just looked at all the girls I’ve been competing with since I was a freshman, and I just thought, ‘I’m not going to be competing against them again,’’’ she said.

Sioux City West freshman Holly Duax placed third in the 100 (12.27) and 200 (25.70). Also from the Missouri River Conference, Sioux City East senior Ardell Inlay finished second in the 200 (21.91) and third in the 100 (10.99), and anchored East to third in the 400 relay (42.06).

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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