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Records For Evans And Jenks, Dramatic Win For Prairie Relay

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    May 22, 2014 | 7:12 pm

    DES MOINES — Mitch Pritts ran the race of his life in the 3,200-meter run Thursday morning.

    But the best was still awaiting him.

    Pritts returned less than 2 hours later to lead off Cedar Rapids Prairie's 3,200-meter relay, and the Hawks won the Class 4A boys' title on Tysen VanDraska's dramatic anchor leg at the state track meet at Drake Stadium.

    “Tysen, he's a little bulldog on the straightaway,” Pritts said. “He's a good finisher.”

    How good? How about 1:52.0? That was enough to push the Hawks past Iowa City West and Cedar Falls.

    That anchor was 4 seconds faster than VanDraska's previous best.

    “No, I didn't see that coming,” he said. “I've come from behind before, so I figured, 'Why not try it again?'

    “I just couldn't give it up for these guys.”

    The only person left for Stephanie Jenks to chase is herself.

    Thursday morning at the state track meet at Drake Stadium, the sophomore from Linn-Mar outdid herself, breaking her own all-time Iowa best in the 3,000-meter run.

    Her new standard: 9 minutes, 24.67 seconds. It’s not only the best all-time in Iowa, it’s No. 2 in the nation this season.

    “I keep digging for something new,” she said. “I came back hoping I could improve on (my old mark).”

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