White: Sprints give Iowa girls an edge when comparing to Nebraska high school's best

We are opening up the memory bank for the girls today, listing the Nebraska and Iowa all-time bests by their 12 shared events for comparison’s sake.

If you’re a track and field enthusiast, chances are that you watched at least one of these girls at the state meet and came away in awe.

Perhaps they made such an impression on you that you were still marveling at their achievement days after returning home.

We are opening up the memory bank for the girls today, listing the Nebraska and Iowa all-time bests by their 12 shared events for comparison’s sake. Like we did with the boys yesterday, we thought it would be fun to see which events were stronger in which state — and at the same time reminisce about all the top efforts through the years.

In terms of the all-time bests, in the 12 events common to both states, Iowa holds an 8-4 advantage, leading in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay, shot put and high jump.

Nebraska has the better marks in the 100 hurdles, 400 relay, discus and long jump.

We also figured it would be interesting to compare the No. 10 marks in each event, which would give an indication of the depth. The results were about the same, with Iowa holding an 8-3 advantage along with a tie in the 100.

It was interesting to note that among these 12 events, Iowa girls have established seven new marks in the past six state meets: Sydney Milani of Southeast Polk in the 100, 200 and 400; Joy Ripslinger of Davenport Assumption in the 800, Kiana Phelps of Kingsley-Pierson in the discus, Lexus Lovan of Urbandale in the long jump and Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the 400 relay. Nebraska has set only one new mark among those 12 since 2013, Lincoln East’s 3,200 relay this year.

In the boys 100 and 200, we felt it was almost impossible to give an edge to either state, because most of the times were hand clockings and also because of the wind factor.

There is similar gray area in the girls sprints, although Milani of Southeast Polk ran all-time, fully automatic bests of 11.49 in the 100 and 23.68 in the 200 last weekend at the Iowa meet. Both records came with tailwinds above the normal legal limit of 2.0 meters per second, but then again, plenty of the hand clockings might have come with the aid of strong tailwinds. So there is still much more uncertainty in those two events than the others.

Regardless, this exercise wasn’t meant to get bogged down in the minutiae of tailwinds. It was created to celebrate the top efforts in Iowa and Nebraska girls through the years and trigger some memories you might have of those talented enough to make one of the top 10s.

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