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Mustangs keep running

By Staff | May 17, 2008

Morgan Grabinoski hands off to Olivia Craig in the 4x200-meter relay.

DES MOINES — The Armstrong-Ringsted girls track team didn’t come up with a medal, but did enjoy the first day of competitive action on Friday.

The Mustangs ran three events starting with Lisa Pelzer in the 400-meter low hurdles and finishing 15th followed by the 4×200 and 4×400-meter relays, which finished 16th and 14th, respectively.

Rosie Cheever also competed in the discus where she finished 19th overall.

Pelzer competed in all three running events.

“I felt pretty good,” she said “I ran my best time all year (in the 400 lows). The adrenaline really helped. It was a fun race.”

Senior Brett Tigges’ track career ended with in the high jump at the 2008 State Track Meet at Drake Stadium.

A senior, Pelzer qualified in the 400-meter low hurdles both her sophomore and junior years and also the 4×400-meter last year for a total of six state qualifying events in her career.

“It has been a lot of fun,” she said.

Meanwhile, her sister Krista was competing in her first event as she ran the lead leg of the 4×200-meter relay.

“We all tried our best and our handoffs were decent,” the sophomore said. “It’s definitely a different environment down here, but it was fun.”

Junior Morgan Grabinoski said she was disappointed not making the finals.

“But I felt good,” she said. Grabinoski also competing in her third straight state track meet.

Senior Olivia Craig, who anchored both the relays said she thought the races went pretty good.

“I thought we ran the first race well,” she said. “Everyone’s handoffs were good.”

The quartet of Lisa Pelzer, Krista Pelzer, Grabinoski and Craig finished the 4×200-meter relay in 1 minute, 51.08 seconds.

The 4×400-meter relay of Lisa Pelzer, Cheever, Grabinoski and Craig clocked in at 4:14.35.

Cheever’s throw in the discus was 97 feet, 3 inches.

“I was nervous,” she said. “It makes it seem like you’re not throwing as far down here.”

A-R coach Robert Zotz said he knows the girls are disappointed, but he is proud of their effort.

The Mustangs wrap up the state track meet today with sprint medley team of Krista Pelzer, Cheever, Grabinoski and Craig running at 9 a.m.

Tigges finishes 17th

Senior Brett Tigges completed this track career with a 17th-place finish in the high jump on Friday.

Tigges, who leaped 6-feet to qualify for state, jumped 5 feet, 10 inches.

The top three in Class 1A all leaped 6 feet, 8 inches.

Tyler Tonderum will compete in the 100-meter dash finals today.