DES MOINES - Another 400 title just wasn't meant to be for Ellie Herzberg on the opening day of state action Thursday at Drake Stadium.
Manson Northwest Webster's senior placed sixth in the 2A girls field in a time of 58.80. Last year, Herzberg set a new meet record (55.75) here in the 1A 400 en route to gold. Clayton Ridge's Jasmine Staebler (55.53) took home her third straight 400 crown yesterday.
"My finish wasn't too good," said Herzberg, a University of Northern Iowa basketball recruit. "I obviously expected to do better, but it happens. I could tell the competition was a little bit tougher this year."
In addition, Herzberg - a four-time individual state participant - advanced to the 200 finals with the fourth fastest (25.80) clocking in the prelims. As a junior, Herzberg joined Sigourney's Rhonda Eiben (1993), North Tama's Sara Stoakes (2008) and Western Christian's Brooke Wolterstorff (2012) as the only four athletes to sweep the 100, 200 and 400.
"I was happy I was able to break 26 (in the 200 prelims)," Herzberg said. "I feel a little more comfortable down (in Des Moines) every year, but you're always going to be a little nervous."
Herzberg will also anchor the Cougar 4x100 today and the sprint medley on Saturday.
After winning a 1A state shot put championship in 2013, senior Macey Bales finished fourth in that same 2A event for the Indians with a throw of 39-6.25. Katie Birchmeier (43-4.25) of Davis County took home top honors.
Senior Sam Larson checked in eighth (10:53.64) for the Wildcats in the 3A 3000. Humboldt's 4x800 of Brittney Nilles, Larson, Beth Duffield and Maddie Kampen was also seventh (9:43.41).
Larson placed sixth in the 3000 here last spring.
Tangy Wiseman, a senior, was sixth (10:45.38) for the Bulldogs in the 3A 3000.
Wiseman settled for seventh in the 3000 here as a junior.
Making her debut on the big stage, freshman Kenzie Sullivan (36-8.25) was sixth for the Chargers in the 1A shot put.
Grabbing bronze in the 3A high jump for the Lynx was junior Cal Zahn (6-2). Zahn tied for eighth in that same event as a freshman.
Reese Iversen (6-5) of Dallas Center-Grimes posted a victory.
Esden Carroll, a junior, was third for the Bulldogs in the 3A 400 (49.76). Fort Madison's Jeremy Maldonado (49.28) narrowly prevailed.
For the Cowboys, junior Mason Willey finished fourth in the 2A long jump (20-11). Cascade's Haris Takes (21-4.75) came out on top.
The Golden Bear 4x800 of Will Kellner, Zach Kollasch, Patrick Marlow and Tony Kollasch was seventh (8:32.17) in 1A. Mount Ayr (8:14.23) earned a triumph.