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May 25, 2014

Marcucci leads way for area girls at state track meet

DES MOINES — A third-place finish would put a grin on the face of many athletes competing at the state meet. Aleenah Marcucci wasn’t one of them.

Marcucci, a sophomore at Northeast High School, wasn’t smiling Saturday after placing third in the 100-meter hurdles at the Iowa Class 2A girls meet at Drake Stadium.

“A little bit,” she said when asked if she was disappointed with her performance. “I was hoping to pull out a first or a second, and I probably ran one of my slowest times.”

Marcucci’s time was 15.75 seconds. Emily Mathews of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura won in 15.45, and Kenzie Keune of Sioux Central was second in 15.53.

“I was hoping for under a 15.2 because that’s my PR (personal record), but I didn’t get it,” she said.

The fact that the race was run into a head wind had no affect, she said.

“I didn’t really notice it that much,” she said.

Marcucci returned later in the day and ran the second leg of Northeast’s 400-meter relay unit that took sixth in 51.45 seconds. Peyton Gray ran the first leg, followed by Marcucci, Rylee Dickey and Tierra Hildebrandt.

Hildebrandt added an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.08), finishing two spots behind Bellevue’s Anne Nolting (13.01).

Maquoketa was the only other area school to earn points Saturday. Janey Saunders, Haley Schwenker, Shelby Pettyjohn and Aubree Taylor combined for a sixth-place finish in the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:07.90. The three points earned there put the Cardinals in a tie for 20th place in the Class 3A team standings with 8 points.

Four other area schools also turned in top-20 team performances in the three-day meet.

Northeast led the way, tying for 12th place with 19 points in 2A. Prince of Peace tied for 16th in 1A with 14 points, Central DeWitt tied for 17th in 3A with 11 and Clinton tied for 19th in 4A with 10 points.

Clinton’s Erin Wenzel ended her three-sport career for the River Queens with a 15th-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:20.49), while the sprint medley relay unit of Clarisma Irving, Mackenzie Cady, Raven Jones and Elle Tubbs placed 23rd in 2:00.52.

Wenzel led for part of the first heat and wound up fifth, collapsing as she crossed the finish line.

“I knew this was my last race of my entire life — I’m not going to run track ever again — and I knew that I had to go out hard and give it my all because it was my last time running,” she said.

“I think it will hit me when I’m about to leave, but it’s crazy to think that this is the last time I’ll be running on this track.”

Wenzel was one of five area runners to compete in the 800. In 3A, Brittany McNamara of Central DeWitt took 13th in 2:27.65, Libby Schnoor of Camanche was 20th in 2A (2:27.74), Hannah Kilburg was 23rd in 2A in 2:29.06 and Nina Cray of Calamus-Wheatland placed 13th in 1A (2:27.65).

Two area girls ran the 1,500. Kilburg was 22nd in 2A in 5:17.05, while Megan Slattery of Calamus-Wheatland placed 14th in 1A in 5:17.26.

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