DES MOINES — For one final time as an individual, Megan Flattery raced around the track at Drake Stadium.
Flattery, a St. Edmond senior, finished ninth overall here Thursday in the Class 1A 400-meter run. She had a time of 1:01.25, which was just .25 seconds behind eighth-place finisher Bailey Anderson of Mount Ayr.
Jordyn Pester of Maple-Valley-A-O won the race in 56.97, with Montezuma freshman Shateah Wetering placing second.
“The open 400 has always been a special race for me,” Flattery said. “I’m so glad I got to run it for the final time on the blue oval.”
As both a freshman and sophomore, Flattery placed seventh in the 400. She also qualified for state last year, earning 19th.
“My goal was to get under a minute and even though that didn’t happen, I’m still very happy with how I ran,” she said. “It would have been awesome to medal, but Top-10 is still a great accomplishment.
“I’m looking forward to the two relays the next two days.”
Two of her teammates were in action on the opening day of the meet, as Abby Landwehr placed 10th in the 3000 and Erin Flattery was 14th in the long jump.
Landwehr, a sophomore, clocked a time of 11:12.67. Janette Schraft of East Mills won the race in 10:36.29. Of the Top-10 finishers, six are 10th-graders, two freshmen and two seniors.
Erin Flattery cleared 15-2 on her first attempt, but had fouls on her next two and did not make the finals. She set a new school best in the event earlier this year at 16-6.75. Springville sophomore Rylee Menster won gold with a jump of 16-11.
St. Edmond freshman Charlie Shelly got his first taste of Drake Stadium, as he placed 19th in the prelims of the 200. Shelly had a time of 23.66.
The Gaels also competed in the shuttle hurdle relay prelims, taking 19th overall. Freshman Jackson Bemrich ran with seniors Sam Dougall, Lucas Itzen and Jake Heidenreich, clocking a time of 1:06.00.
St. Edmond will run in both the distance medley and 4×200 relays on Friday. Landwehr, Erin and Megan Flattery, and Devyn Scott run the distance medley at 9 a.m., while Shelly, Nick Bennett, Cade Naughton and Sean Newell compete in the 4×200 at 10:20 a.m.
Josephine Perry, Scott, Erin Flattery and Megan Flattery run Saturday in the sprint medley at 9 a.m., while Landwehr takes to the track at 2:45 p.m. that day in the 1500.