DES MOINES, Iowa - On the first day of the state co-ed track meet, mother nature shared center stage. The late spring run pounded down here on Drake Stadium on Thursday with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees. Before the final race could be run, a lightning storm stopped the action.
The well-trained athletes toughed it out and were rewarded.
In the 1A 400, Rachel Fehr became the first athlete ever from West Bend-Mallard to win a race at the state meet. Applington-Parkersburg's Sophia Jungling (2A), Davenport Assumption's Carly King (3A) and Cedar Falls' Mackenzie Michael (4A) also won 400 titles.
In Class 2A girls action, the 4x800 foursome of Bailey Nelson, Macay Van'tHul, Emilee Heynen and Olivia Granstra broke the state meet record in the 9:24.
Watch the interviews with Thursday's race winners HERE.
Photos of Thursday's races can be found HERE.