Cougars excited for state run
DES MOINES — While they compete on different ends of the track and field spectrum, Manson Northwest Webster teammates Lexi Wood and Maddie Moline have many things in common.
One of them is that they are both part of the Cougar contingent set to compete at the Class 2A state meet beginning this week here inside Drake Stadium.
Wood qualified in the shot put while Moline will run as an individual in both the 1,500 and 3,000. Manson NW also had a double-event qualifier in Paige Condon in the 100 and 400 hurdles, Jaynie Wiese in the high jump, Alivia Marsh in the discus and the shuttle hurdle relay.
Behind those performances and more, the Cougars claimed a district title last week on their home track.
“This season has been crazy fun and our team atmosphere has been phenomenal,” Wood said. “Everyone is there for the team and not for themselves. It feels surreal to qualify for state, but it was even crazier that our team pulled through and won the district meet.
“It is bitter-sweet that it’s all coming to an end and that it’ll be my last track competition in a Cougar uniform. I am thankful that I can compete down at state again, especially with my teammate, Alivia.
“After six years of throwing, weight lifting and hard work, it has all led up to this moment and I am excited for Thursday and what the future holds.”
Wood, who competed at the Drake Relays earlier this spring, sits third entering state with a best throw of 40-5.
Moline, a state cross country veteran who placed fourth this past fall, is ready to put her past troubles behind her.
“Making it back to the blue oval after two years is the best feeling,” Moline said. “I struggled during track my freshman and sophomore year, so to be heading to state with the confidence I have built throughout the season feels awesome.
“I’m excited to close out my senior year down at the blue oval with many of my teammates by my side.”
Moline enters state ranked seventh in the 1,500, having posted a time of school-record 5:06.75. She is also eighth in the 3,000 at 11:12.43, which is also a school-record.