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Union girls place eighth at Districts, qualify two for State

May 17, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

For most of the Union girls track team, their season came to an end on Thursday, May 10 as they finished eighth in the State Qualifying Meet at Dike.

"Our expectations for districts were to qualify as many events as possible," coach Justin Parson said. "We knew we were on the outside looking in for a lot of events, but my kids went out and performed with many personal and relay bests."

Several key injuries on the team had Parson and his team trying to figure out how to piece their relay teams together. The Sprint Medley team was .3 seconds away from qualifying this year, but will return most of its athletes next year. In the 100 M Dash, Jasmyn Bush and Allie Driscol both put points up for The Knights as they placed fourth and sixth respectively. The 4x800 team of JAdyn Wiest, Emily Miehe, Anna Smith and Emma Alpers also had a fifth place finish of 10:54.

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Hailee Brown will compete at the State Track Meet Thursday for her fourth and final year in Long Jump.

"Our kids put so down many bests Thursday, and I am okay with that," Parson said. "We know we didn't leave anything on the table, so I can work with that and use that as motivation going into next season. I love the work ethic of my team and as people, they may be the best group of kids I've been around."

Perhaps the brightest two bits on a mainly overcast evening were seniors Hailee Brown and Audrey Powers qualifying for State at Drake Stadium in the Long Jump and High Jump respectively. Brown qualified with a jump of 16'-4.5", placing second overall. Powers placed third with a jump of 5'-1", not automatically qualifying but still placed among the best in Iowa in 2A. Both girls have plenty of experience on the big stage each and hope to go out their senior year with a bang.

"I'm glad to see seniors Hailee and Audrey get one more visit to Drake Stadium," Parson said. "They are leaders and they exemplify the type of kids we have on this team."

While the seniors will be missed on the team next year, Parson is confident next year will be a strong season with his returning athletes, and hopefully better weather.

"The future is bright with a young squad and I know I will be excited in February when we start next season," Parson said. "If we can keep everyone healthy next season, we will have great success."



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