DES MOINES - There have been quite a few extremely talented middle distance runners at Midland High School over the years.
Add the name Drew Jensen to that exclusive list.
The Eagle senior turned in a solid performance at the class 1A state 400 meter dash event at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 16, missing a coveted state medal by mere fractions of a second.
“This was a good, but bittersweet race for Drew,” said Midland girls track coach Ryan Luensman, as Jensen placed ninth in the event finishing with a time of 1-minute, 0.66-seconds.
“She had goals of placing after getting ninth in this event the last two years. She ran a very solid race that would have put her in the top-8 in other classes, but fell short in 1A.”
Jensen missed a medal by just three-tenths of a second behind Collins-Maxwell’s Alexis Houge (1:00.35).
“Going sub-60-seconds was my goal here at state,” said Jensen, who will run at Hawkeye Community College next spring.
“And I almost got there, too. If I had I easily would have finished in the top-8.
“Being in the fast heat it was hard knowing where I was at. I was just trying to pass the girl in front of me.”
Jensen finished eighth in her heat.
West Bend-Mallard’s Rachel Fehr won the 1A 400 meter title crossing the finish line with a time of 56.92.
“Drew competed hard and left everything on the track,” Luensman said. “Top-10 in the state in this event the past three seasons is a great accomplishment.”
And secures Jensen as one of the all-time Eagle greats.