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Double the medals

By Staff | May 16, 2008

DES MOINES — The Spirit Lake Park girls track team earned a pair of medals and the potential for two more in the first day of the 2008 Class 3A State Track Meet on Thursday.

The Indians’ 4×800-meter relay team finished fourth overall in 9 minutes, 42.25 seconds and junior Megan Skalbeck placed eighth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch. Also Megan Lawler qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Junior Carrie Emgarten led off the 4×800 relay followed by senior Kaisha Brown, Skalbeck and sophomore Mary Brown.

“I tried to get out and run a good time,” said Emgarten. “2:23 is one of my better times. I’m really happy we placed fourth, but though we could’ve placed a little higher.”

The Benton Van Horne squad was less than a second faster to place third while Marion won in 9:39.60 with Decorah a close second in 9:39.98.

Kaisha Brown said she got SLP into the lead with her run in 2:21.

“This is my fourth year and I’ve competed all four years in the 4×800,” she said. “I’m not sure if it’s my best time, but it is one of the fastest.

“It was just fun to compete and run with my teammates,” she added.

Skalbeck said she didn’t have a personal record in her leg of the 4×800.

“I was just happy to compete. It was really fun,” she said.

Of her high jump competition, she said 5-1 isn’t her best.

“My highest is 5-2, but I was really happy with it,” she said.

Places 4-7 all jumped 5-3 in Class 3A.

Mary Brown ran the anchor leg of the 4×800.

“I just tried to stay with the girls that were by me,” she said. “The girls were really fast. It amazing to place fourth when all the teams are so good.”

Lawler finished the 100 in-meter dash in 12.93 seconds–third overall among the eight finals qualifiers. She ran the 200-meter dash in 26.82 seconds–eighth among the finals qualifiers. Both the 100 and 200-meter finals are on Saturday.

In other events, Deni Peters placed ninth in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.24 with McKenzie Dziedzic placing 18th in 1:03.96.

Jen Kirschbaum placed 11th in the discus with a throw of 114 feet, 10 inches.

Kylie Ingvall placed 18th in the 100-meter dash in 13.41 seconds.

Christina Hanson was 20th in the 3000-meter run in 11:39.12.