DES MOINES - Coming into the prestigious Drake Relays Friday, April 26, in Des Moines, the Anamosa girls’ 4x800 relay team had some pretty lofty goals.
“We wanted to medal and set a new school record,” said Raider girls track coach Reed Smith. “And both goals were met.
“To be running this quickly with several meets to go in the season is very exciting as a coach, and to know that they can run even faster.”
Raider senior Corinne Gadient, a two-time Drake Relays qualifier during here time with Monticello, says competing on the blue oval just brings out the best in everyone.
“All the girls did an amazing job,” said Gadient, who ran the anchor 800 leg in 2-minutes, 19.51-seconds keying the overall school-record 9:31.43 clocking with teammates Maggie McQuillen, Ava Claussen-Tubbs and Gabby Gadient that placed the team sixth.
“This was the first time in a long time the Anamosa girls have had a relay make the Drake Relays, so we wanted to come out here and represent our program the very best we could. I think we did that. We set the 4x800 school record at the state meet last year and now broke it again here at the Drake Relays. We want to break it one more time at the state meet in a few weeks.”
McQuillen opened with a 2:21.99 leg before Claussen-Tubbs added a 2:23.81 clocking. Gabby Gadient handed the baton to her sister after completing a 2:26.14 leg.
“These girls have put in a lot of work throughout the season,” Smith said. “It is satisfying to see great kids that work hard find success on the highest stage for high school track in the state of Iowa.”
Southeast Polk claimed the Drake Relays 4x800 championship posting a time of 9:10.38.