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Qualifying for the state meet in the 100 meter dash was not an expectation for Highland’s Emily Yahnke at the 2A district track meet on Thursday. The Huskie freshman had the fifth-fastest time among the participants at the Tipton state-qualifier. Grace Proesch of North Cedar did not run the event, leaving Lani Hillard of Louisa-Muscatine and Shania Boyd of Columbus as the favorites.
Boyd was a familiar opponent for Yahnke.
“I had beat her in conference and I felt confident going into it and I thought I had a chance,” Yahnke said.
She ran a new season-low of 13.21 and finished second to qualify for the state meet.
“I was pretty shocked. At the beginning of the season, I really thought I didn’t have a shot individually, that was a big deal for me.”
The Huskies will be taking six athletes to Des Moines to participate in four events at Drake Stadium.
Senior Kelsey Hora finished fifth in the 400 meter dash at Tipton with a time of 1:02.45. On Friday, she learned that she had the 16th fastest time in 2A on Thursday, easily qualifying for the state meet.
For the 4x100 meter relay, Hora was joined by a trio of sophomores, Sarah Schneider, Kristy Thomann, and Aly Stokes. The sprint relay qualified with a second place finish of 52.50 and is scheduled to take the track at 6:20 p.m. on Friday, May 19.
Yahnke’s 100 meter preliminary race is on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. followed by Hora’s 400 meter dash final at 7:00 p.m.
The Huskies’ state meet kicks off with the long jump competition at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Yahnke learned on Friday that she qualified for the event with a jump of 16 feet and two inches.
“Long jump was the one event that I was really hoping that I would make it in,” she said on Friday. “After not jumping my best at districts, I was upset and worried that I wasn’t going to make it. When I found out today that I made it, I was super excited and I was really glad.”
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