DES MOINES - Don't let Allie Flaws' quiet and shy demeanor fool you. The freshman may act innocent, but there aren't many athletes who are more competitive.
That competitive spirit left the Webster City rookie conflicted after the opening day of the Iowa Coed State Track and Field Championships on Thursday at Drake Stadium.
On one hand, Flaws was able to qualify for the Class 3A 100-meter dash final by the skin of her teeth, but she didn't want to just barely make it; she wanted to dominate.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS freshman Allie Flaws attempts to track down Davenport Assumption’s Emma Bassier during the Class 3A 100-meter dash prelims on Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Her first day at state ended with a 12-place finish in the 200-meter preliminary round that left her out of Saturday's finals.
"I'm excited and disappointed at the same time because of the 200," Flaws, who entered the state meet unbeaten in both sprints, said. "It was a good experience though."
Flaws got out of the blocks slow in both races. She was able to fight back to finish second in her 100 heat in a time of 13.10 seconds, which gave her the eighth seed for Saturday's finals.
Flaws fell behind early in the 200 and was never able to catch the field. Her time of 26.86 was fourth in her heat.
"I think a lot of it was nerves with Allie, and she's not used to these kinds of blocks either," WCHS girls' co-head coach Kristy Manson said. "But to come down here and make the finals as a freshman, she can't be disappointed with that even though she's highly competitive and she has high expectations for herself."
Fellow freshman Kisston Thomas finished 21st in the 100 prelims in 13.55.
The Lynx shuttle hurdle relay - Kaylee Schnathorst, Liz Wells, Kenzie Garvey and Hannah Myers - was 21st in the prelims in 1:13.66 as the sun set around the stadium.
"Overall it was an OK day," Manson said. "It was good for Kisston to come down here and run, and the girls (in the shuttle hurdle) were excited to just come down here and compete."
The WCHS boys' team struggled during the opening day with a highest placing of 18th in the 4x800 relay.
The group of Nick Thilges, Eric Coleman, Jacob Clabaugh and Ethan Glenn were eighth in their heat in 8:24.95, some 11 seconds off their season's best time.
"We came into the race with expectations of taking a shot at it and trying to medal and, clearly, I didn't have them ready to go," WCHS boys' coach Tony Bussan said.
Glenn ran a strong 2:01 anchor leg, but he pulled off the accelerator with 200 meters to go when it was clear the Lynx could make up no more ground.
Cooper Jaycox finished 19th in the 100 prelims in 12.03; Boone Myers fell back to 20th in the discus with a best toss of 127 feet, 9 inches.
Myers second throw went beyond 150 feet, but he slipped out of circle and scratched.
"Cooper competed hard and battled well," Bussan said. "Boone had a real good throw, but he scratched, and on his final throw he just had to go for it. It's a credit to him this season though that he battled back from mono, persevered and came down here and gave it his best shot."
WCHS will be busy at the blue oval today.
Schnathorst will compete in both the shot put and 100 hurdles for the Lynx girls' squad.
The boys' team will be represented by Lucas Poland in the 110 high hurdles. The Lynx will also battle in the 4x100, 4x200 and distance medley relays.