Sprint to the finals

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Shariah Smith of Fort Dodge compete during class 4A 100 meter dash on Thursday at Drake Stadium

DES MOINES — Shariah Smith had two goals entering Thursday’s Class 4A 100-meter dash prelims.

First, score one of the Top-8 times to advance to the finals.

Second, set a new school-record in the event.

Smith, a Fort Dodge senior, accomplished one of those, as she’ll run with the eight fastest girls in 4A for a state title. The 100-meter dash finals take place Saturday for all four classes at 12:45 p.m. inside Drake Stadium.

Among those joining Smith in the finals will be Waterloo East’s Kerris Roberts, who recorded the top time in 11.69, and two more from the first heat with Smith in Alanna Muhammad of Waterloo East and Jasmine Rumley from Ankeny.

Earlier this year, Smith competed in the event at the Drake Relays and she also has plenty of past experience running on the blue oval. But there was something else she was thankful for on this day: the weather.

“I’m glad that it warmed up because Lord knows I can’t run in the rain,” Smith joked. “I was happy to run with Kerris so that I could have someone to chase.”

Roberts set a new state record in the event, eclipsing the previous mark set two years ago by Des Moines Roosevelt’s Briyana Carter.

The remaining runners in the 100 field include Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln’s Darby Thomas, Khenadi Jones from Sioux City West, Southeast Polk’s Mackenzie Woodard and Jill Bennett of Linn-Mar.

“I was hoping to beat the school record, but I didn’t get it,” Smith said. “The race went really well and I had my PR, so that was good, but I was bummed I didn’t get the record.

“I felt I could have done better through the 40-to-60 meter mark.”

For Smith, gaining another chance to break the school record is what will be pushing her over the next two days. She will continue her athletic career next year on the basketball court at Neosho in Kansas.

“Honestly, I don’t care about winning,” Smith said. “I just want the record so if I run 12.28 I will be happy.”

Car’Maiya Mosley competes Friday at 9 a.m. in the shot put, while Smith and Mosley will run the 4×100 relay on Friday at 12:50 p.m. Daphne Alstott and Shareece Smith are expected to complete the quartet.