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Stellar finish for SLP

By Staff | May 25, 2010

SLP’s Kyle Heidebrink (left) stretches for the finish line in the Class 3A 110-meter high hurdles. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

DES MOINES – It was a stellar weekend for Spirit Lake Park track as the Indians placed in five events on day three of the 2010 State Track and Field meet including a championship for senior Kyle Heidebrink in the 100-meter high hurdles.

Heidebrink – who also anchored the shuttle hurdle relay team that placed fourth – ran away from the pack, winning the event with a final time of 15.11 seconds.

“I’ve got to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me prepare for this race,” said Heidebrink. “They kept pushing me throughout the season. I know this is an individual race, but I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Heidebrink said he knew coming into the race that a good start would be critical.

“I wanted to be the first one out of the blocks,” he said. “It’s one of those things where, if you start the race well, you’re going to finish the race well, so I was happy to get off to a great start. Finishing the year with a state championship is just awesome.”

The shuttle hurdle relay team of Heidebrink, Aric Waltz, Rick Wilson and DJ Smith took fourth in a time of 59.89 and Alec Baldwin placed in two events, taking sixth in the 1600-meter run in 4 minutes, 28.55 seconds and eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:58.18.

Algona’s Chad Rutledge defended his title in the 800 with a winning time of 1:56.05.

Megan Lawler placed seventh in the girls 3A 200-meter dash with a time of 26.59 seconds and McKenzie Dziedzic placed 14th in the 1500-meter run in 5:07.72.