Junior Suzanna Yoder and Senior Levi Geyer both competed at the Iowa State Track and Field Championships Thursday in Des Moines at Drake stadium. Geyer’s 3200 meter run was the school’s first event of the day. The field started quickly allowing Levi to drop to the back. He was the last runner to complete the first lap in 1:12, ahead of his normal pace. Levi found his pace as the race progressed. Fatigue found many of his competitors after they started at a pace faster than they could maintain. Levi worked his way up through the field as many other runners slowed. Levi maintained his steady but quick pace. He completed the 8-lap race in 10:14.54 in tenth place. This was twelve seconds better than his previous best time just one week ago. Geyer will compete in the 1600 at the state meet Saturday.
Yoder was next up for Iowa Mennonite competing in the shortest race on the track, the 100 meter dash. She bolted out of the blocks in the third heat of the preliminaries placing sixth in 13.39. This places her nineteenth in the short sprint event. Yoder’s section of the 400 meter dash was just thirty minutes after her 100 meter race. Yoder was seeded in the second section of three. It was a final based on time. Suzanna got a strong start running to the front through the first curve. By the time she came to the home stretch she was in third. She finished the final 100 meters strong ending up in third place with a new career best of 1:01.30. Her prior best time was 1:02.25 from the state qualifier meet one week earlier. This placed her tenth in the field of 24.
Congratulations Levi and Suzanna!