DES MOINES - There was no stopping the Bishop Garrigan girls' 4x200 squad in its pursuit of gold Friday at the Class 1A state track meet.
Behind a new school record clocking of 1:46.84, the Golden Bear quartet of junior Taylor Frideres, sophomore Johanna Vaske, senior Aisha Miller and senior Nicole Behr improved on their fourth-place state showing from a year ago. Wapsie Valley (1:47.61) was next in line.
"It was pretty crazy that we were able to win it," said Miller, who ran the second leg on the 4x200 here last spring. "We were third coming in, and we didn't know if (a title) was possible. I can't believe it happened.
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Nicole Behr of Bishop Garrigan celebrates with teammate Taylor Frideres after capturing gold in the the 4x200 relay on Friday at the state track meet in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU at www.messengernews.net
"It was just an awesome feeling."
Behr echoed those thoughts.
"Once Aisha came in, I knew I had to give it everything I had," Behr said. "You're always going to feel the nerves down (at state), which I guess just gives you some more adrenaline."
Despite taking the baton in last place, senior standout Tiffany Christensen anchored the Eagles to a runner-up (4:13.16) effort in the 2A distance medley. Christensen's 2:11.04 on the final leg was a personal best by four seconds.
"I was really excited about my time," said Christensen, a Wichita State University recruit. "We had the fastest time (4:23.10) on Quik Stats, but we had bad handoffs at districts, which really hurt us (Eagle Grove ran a 4:31.67 at districts).
"I don't get as nervous at state anymore. I'm a lot more confident now."
Rounding out the Eagle foursome was the sophomore trio of Madison Anderson, Aja Bell and Sam Helmke. Cascade (4:12.44) took home top honors.
Christensen will now compete in both the 800 and 1500 today.
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Raider sophomore Dijana Hammond tied with Hinton's Kasey Reuter for fourth in the 2A high jump at 5-2.
Junior Brooke Runneberg of the Chargers tied Iowa Valley's Marissa Ward, West Hancock's Maria Gonzalez and Earlham's Addie Herman for fourth in the 1A high jump (5-2). Caitlin Appelgate (5-5) from GMG earned a victory.
The Wolverine distance medley of senior Ashley Schmidt, senior Portlind Schmidt, junior Madelynn Gehrt and sophomore Anna Zaugg was sixth (4:20.77) in the 1A field. North Linn (4:12.68) was first.