Three Iowa Mennonite track and field athletes ended their season at the state meet in Des Moines May 19 and 20. Junior Drake Brezina competed in the 400 meter dash Thursday evening. His time of 53.76 was his third best time of the year placing him twenty-third overall in 1A. Brezina competed at the state meet last year in the long jump. “Drake really has enjoyed his experiences competing at the state meet. The venue is larger with many more fans and the competition is amazing. Drake feel like the events happen too quickly making the full experience of the event itself seem like a fleeting moment.”
Friday afternoon sophomore Emma Beachy competed in the discus. Her winning throw at the state qualifier meet of 89 feet 11 inches was the shortest qualifying throw in the field of twenty-four throwers. Her first throw Friday of 94 feet 7 inches was a new personal record by a full three feet! Her remaining two throws of 92 feet 3 inches and 94 feet 4 inches were also better than her previous personal best of 91 feet 7 inches. Emma moved up four places in the standings placing twentieth in the field of 1A throwers. “Emma rose to the occasion of her first state meet. She was pumped for the competition and whipped out her three best throws ever! Two years of diligent training and thousands of practice throws under the guidance of her coach Ted Carpenter helped prepare Emma for this day.”
Freshman Rubye Ney was the final competitor for the team running in the 400 meter hurdles later Friday afternoon. Rubye ran 1:11.84, her second fastest time ever, to place twenty-third in the event. “It was an exciting experience for Rubye. Rubye successfully managed shin splints that hampered her training and competition this season. This was her fifth 400 meter hurdles race ever. She has learned and experienced a lot this season that will help her in the future.”
Congratulations Rubye, Emma and Drake!!!