DES MOINES – Moving up a class didn’t slow Jordyn Pester down.
The MVAO senior closed out a stellar career with an individual and relay title on the final day of the Class 2A Iowa State Track and Field Championships Saturday. Pester capped a brilliant state meet with her third title when she won the 200 meters in 25.29.
“Going into the season I had no expectations in the 200 at all,” Pester said. “It was kind of a race we put me in to see if we could run 4x2 or what was going on and the more I ran it the more I cut time, and I cut time again in the finals.”
Pester who is set to run at Wayne State College next season leaves MVAO as one of the best runners of an impressive weekend of track and field at the state meet.
“It is crazy because I am just a runner too and I have those people too (that I admire) like (Southeast Polk four-event winner) Sydney Milani or whatever, and you are starstruck to see them. It is crazy to think someone out there could think that about me.”
MVAOCOU turned to math to make sure that the runner-up finish the sprint medley had in Class 1A a year ago was not repeated this season in 2A.
“What I had to do was make sure Cameron (Brenner) and I had a good handoff and it felt good,” JoHannah McKibben said. “We have been talking all season about how I need to chase and close as much as I can so Pester has a good chance to get out first. That was the goal and I think we did that.”
It worked so well that the Rams set their school record in winning in 1:49.09 with Pester running a strong anchor 400 for the 2A open champion in the event.
“We changed our cut completely because our coach is our math teacher and he said we had to cut five hundredths off our time, and he said the fastest way to any point is a straight line,” said Pester. “It is totally different than anything we have done before, but those extra two meters really made the difference when you are running a 400.”
The Rams just missed a top-three finish as they tied for fourth place with 31 points.
Sheldon’s Keri Siebrecht had a dominant day in wheelchair events winning the 100 in her personal best of 24.36 as she defended her title by more than three seconds in 24.36.
“It feels awesome,” she said. “I am just focusing on technique and beating my time every single race. I just keep my head down and focus.”
She also captured the shot put crown with a throw of 12 feet, one-quarter inch, the 200 in 48.00 and the 400 1:39.86 It is the second straight year she swept the wheelchair events.
Sioux Center’s Natalee Greenfield led four Siouxland runners in the 100 running a 13.15 to take fourth.
OA-BCIG’s Jordayn Fredericks, Sarah Cotton, Anna Winterrowd and Sydney Durbin took fifth in the 4x100 in 51.21.
West Lyon’s shuttle hurdle Relay team of Noah Van’t Hof, Mitchell Rentschler, Stefan Van Beek and Logan Bruggeman finished sixth in 1:00.02.