TIPTON — Tierra Hildebrandt would have been much happier running under different conditions. Still, it wasn’t difficult to break a smile after a successful cold and rainy night Thursday at the Iowa Class 2A Tipton Regional girls track and field meet.
“I prefer to run in warm weather, so cold with rain, especially, is not nice,” she said.
The results for Hildebrandt and her Northeast teammates, on the other hand, were good.
Hildebrandt won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored a pair of relay teams to second-place finishes to qualify for next week’s state meet in Des Moines in all four events.
“I’m really proud of how well my teammates ran in my relays, but also I was really nervous before the meet about how my opens were going to go, and I’m surprised I got first in the 2(00),” She said. “That was probably my biggest surprise.”
Hildebrandt, who earlier edged Bellevue’s Anne Nolting by three-hundredths of a second in winning the 100 in 12.93, put on a strong charge in the last half of the 200 to overtake Louisa-Muscatine’s Lani Hillard and win in 26.95.
“I’ve been looking on line at Quikstats, which was kind of dumb, but I saw I was ranked third in our district,” Hildebrandt, a junior, said. “But, the girl who was ranked first (Maddy Russell of West Branch) didn’t run, and then I found out I had a chance. I never ran against the Louisa-Muscatine girl, so I wasn’t sure how good she was going to be, but then I guess I beat her.”
Rebels sophomore Aleenah Marcucci also won a pair of events, and teammate Brenna Seeser won the shot put for Northeast, which finished second behind Mount Vernon in the team standings. Mount Vernon scored 135.5 points, while Northeast had 111.