Senior Suzanna Yoder punctuated her final track and field season with an exclamation point. Yoder ran in three individual events at the state track and field meet in Des Moines at Drake Stadium Thursday afternoon. The mid-90s temperatures and sunshine felt much different than the mid-50s and overcast skies on Tuesday. It was hot on the track. The 200 meter prelims was her first event. In her three appearances in the state meet this is the first time she competed in the 200. Running the race on fresh legs for the first time in her career, Suzanna ran a personal best time of 27.19 to place eleventh. The top eight places move on to finals Saturday. Two hours later Yoder ran the 100 meter prelims finishing in 13.316 good for eighteenth place. Last year she placed nineteen in 13.39.
Thirty minutes following the 100 prelims was the 400 meter dash finals. Suzanna was seeded to lane one of the third of three heats. This was the fast heat. The entire field started fast gapping Suzanna by the 200 meter mark. Yoder was able to start her final push at the 230 meter mark moving from seventh to fifth place on the home stretch. Overall she placed sixth in 1:00.22 medaling at state for the first time and lowering her six-day old personal best time by .80 seconds. Congratulations Suzanna on a fine season and a fine high school track and field career.
Saturday freshman Leah Bontrager will represent Iowa Mennonite School in the 800 meter run finals at 10:30 a.m.