Messenger photo by Britt Kudla: Josie Harvey of St. Edmond and Bishop Garrigan’s Reagan Murphy go head-to-head in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday at state track in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

DES MOINES — Friday was a mixed bag of results for St. Edmond at the state track meet.

On the positive side, Josie Harvey reached the finals of the Class 1A 100-meter hurdles, and the sprint medley relay turned in a Top-10 performance.

Harvey was seventh in the prelims with a time of 16.21, securing her spot as one of eight to go after gold back here on Saturday inside Drake Stadium. She will run at 1:05 p.m.

As a sophomore, Harvey qualified for the hurdles, placing 20th overall in 16.98. She has reset her own school record throughout the season, and will get the chance to do so once more this year.

“It was awesome to see Josie put that kind of run down in front of thousands of fans,” SEHS head coach CJ Tracy said. “We see every single day in practice what she can do. She is a terrific competitor and wants to do well.

“As Josie continues to drop time, you can see the confidence grow.”

Faith Shirbroun, Brianna Saathoff, Sasha Hess and Anna Lursen ran together for the second consecutive year on the blue oval, placing 10th in the distance medley relay. They clocked a time of 4:24.16, which was four seconds faster than their previous best this season.

Last year, the same quartet was 16th in the sprint medley relay at state.

“Both relays ran PRs,” Tracy said. “You can’t fault the effort because they did what we asked of them. Those other teams just ran out of their minds.

“I’m not sure what they had to eat or drink, but I need to figure it out.”

Mariah Myers, who was second in the shot put on Thursday, placed 10th in the discus. The junior University of Iowa softball commit had a throw that would have allowed her to reach the finals be called foul.

Instead, her best was a 116-6, which left her just one spot from advancing.

“I feel bad for Mariah,” Tracy said. “There was some controversy that likely kept her out of the finals. A lot of people in the stands were vocal about it, but there is nothing you can do to dispute it.

“She’s a great kid and has worked so hard. I’ve got to give a special thanks to assistant coach (Cory) Naughton for the work he has done with her this year.”

For the boys, the distance medley relay of Grant Galles, Klay Baker, Aaron Hindt and Anthony Valles finished 13th overall in 3:42.24.

“Grant had a nice lead leg and Klay put a good time out there,” SEHS head coach Donn Larson said. “Aaron went 52 seconds (with his 400 split), which for a freshman I was happy with.

“Anthony held off a couple kids coming down the last 100. We had a PR by nearly five seconds and went from being seeded 23rd to 13th, so I was happy with that.”

The 4×200 of JT Laufersweiler, Galles, Baker and Hindt turned in a season-best time of 1:33.80 to place 18th. The 4×400 of Laufersweiler, Galles, Thomas Cosgrove and Hindt was disqualified.

“Everybody ran really well on the 4×2,” Larson said. “We were within a shade over a second from being eighth, which shows just how close that event was. Everybody ran fast.”

Lursen will run in the 800 at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and Michaela Leiting in the 1,500 at 2:15 p.m. Valles has the final race of the meet for St. Edmond at 2:45 p.m. with the 1,600.


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