I can’t help but marvel at what an amazing couple of weeks it’s been for Anamosa athletics.
Of course I have to start with what the Anamosa track programs did on the big blue oval in Des Moines two weeks ago.
Not only did the Raider girls score a school-record 41.5 points and turned in a top-10 (7th-place) team finish at the state level, but Olivia Loy became the first Raider girl ever to claim individual state championships in the 200 and 400 meter dash events.
First girl ever!!
Loy is setting a standard of excellence at Anamosa that may last for a long, long time. Or at least until maybe her daughter gets here to break her records, much like Olivia has done to her mother Venita’s records set nearly 30 years ago.
Sophia Corpstein and Nicole Sanborn also scored at state, placing in the high jump and long jump, respectively, which added icing to an already amazing cake.
The sprint medley performance from Kamry McLaughlin, Mikayla Whitman, Sanborn and Loy gave me, as well as the dozens of other Anamosa fans who made the trip to Drake Stadium, goose bumps.
The first relay state title for the program in 20 years.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the boys soccer team shocked Davenport Assumption advancing to a third substate soccer final in the last five years, including two in a row now, and the baseball and softball programs BOTH defeated rival Monticello to open their respective summer campaigns!
What an utterly amazing stretch! I could get used to this!