The Crestwood girls track team is tied for 11th after day one of the state track meet. The Cadets scored in two events, the 4 x 800 and the 3000, and advanced to the finals in the 100 and the 200.
Katie Saner had a busy morning, competing in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump. And in temperatures no in the state has dealt with yet this year. “Coach Obermann emphasizes we have to take it one race at a time and we need to give that race our full focus,” said Saner. “I’ve found that’s the best mindset and approach.”
Saner ran a 25.71 in the 200, earning the lane four spot for Saturday’s final as the top qualifying time. “I was really happy with my 200,” said Saner. “I wanted to come down here and get into the 25s and I was able to do that.” Saner is in the 200 finals for the second year in a row, placing sixth in Class 3A a year ago.
The Cadet senior qualified for the finals in the 100 with the second quick time of 12.71. But she’s hungry for more come Saturday. “I was a little disappointed with my 100 because I know I can run faster, ” said Saner. “I have run better. I can do better and it will make me motivated to do well on Saturday.”
The four-time state qualifier in the 100 will look to better her 6th place finish in the 100 in the finals on Saturday.
Crestwood’s Cassidy Ihns was involved in both scoring events for the Cadets. The future UNI Panther finished fifth in the 2A 3000 in a time of 11:07.54. Less than an hour later, Ihns anchored the Cadets 4 x 800 relay team to a seventh place finish in a time of 10:07.47. Rachel Steffen, Hope Dohlman and Mattie Slavin ran the first three legs of the 4 x 800 for Crestwood. Ihns now has four career medals at the state track meet.