DES MOINES - For St. Edmond's Vinnie Harvey and Megan Flattery, day one of the Class 2A state track meet proved to be a success.
After coming in seeded 23rd, the senior Harvey finished 11th in the boys shot put with a throw of 48-3.5. CMB-Baxter's Zach Samson (56-5.5) was the winner.
"Vinnie was just an inch off the school record," said SEHS head coach Bill Kibby, who directed the Gaels to 2A state crowns in 2009 and 2011. "I don't know what happened to him all of a sudden. The last two meets he threw six feet farther than he ever has. What a tremendous finish he had."
Harvey, who was making his debut at Drake Stadium, was an all-state football selection in helping the Gaels to their first-ever state runner-up showing this past fall. Harvey was also a 220-pound 1A silver medalist at the state wrestling meet earlier this year
Flattery, a freshman, clocked a 59.19 to place seventh in the girls 400. Jasmine Staebler (55.53) of Clayton Ridge earned her third consecutive 400 state championship.
"I was really nervous, but I tried to treat (the state 400) like any other race and not let it get to my head," Flattery said. "I'm not used to running against that type of competition around Fort Dodge. This whole atmosphere was so cool. I feel like I can push myself even harder now to get under 59 next year."
Flattery will compete in the high jump today and the 800 on Saturday. Junior Landon Peed (800) will also run on Saturday for the tradition-rich St. Edmond boys, who have placed in the top four here in five of the past six years.
Action in 2A starts this afternoon at 2 p.m.