DES MOINES - Mother Nature didn’t make things easy for athletes competing at the class 3A state meet in Des Moines early on Friday, May 17.

      With rain, sometimes pouring down, the Anamosa girls still turned in a medal-winning and season-best performance in the distance medley relay inside Drake Stadium.

      “Our distance medley relay set a personal-best for the year and placed fifth in the state,” said Anamosa girls track coach Reed Smith, as the team of Gabby Gadient, Olivia Nebergall, Maggie McQuillen and Corinne Gadient combined to post a time of 4-minutes, 15.40-seconds.

      “Many of the girls on this relay had personal-bests for splits, too.”

      The Raiders placed second in their section trailing only Dallas Center-Grimes’s 4:15.40 clocking and were one of only three teams to score out of the first two sections.

      Five teams scored points in the third section, led by a title-winning performance from Sioux City Bishop Heelan who finished with a time of 4:04.86 to win the event.

      “My leg felt really good and I actually really liked the weather,” said Raider junior Maggie McQuillen, who ran the second leg and brings home two medals from state after also helping the 4x800 to a runner-up finish.

      “I knew it was going to be tough being in the second heat and that we would have to be running for time, but I think things went really well.”

      Nebergall agreed with McQuillen about the weather.

      “The temperature was really good. It’s a little wet, but compared to yesterday when it was so hot, we’ll all take these temps compared to the 90s we had to compete in yesterday,” said Nebergall, who claimed two medals at state after scoring in the high jump as well.       

      “Our goal was to medal, so to be able to get that accomplished means a lot. It didn’t matter where we placed, we just wanted that medal.”

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