Track/Field: Records Fall In Iowa City
By Michael Bonner, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa – One needed a tape measure. The other demanded a stop watch. Both rewrote the record books.
Three meet records fell at the Women of Troy and Hollingsworth Relays at Iowa City West, two of which came from Iowa City athletes. First the Trojans' Daniel Gardarsson achieved the feat first in the boys 3,200 with a time of 9 minutes 36.12 seconds.
Fans then saw Iowa City West's McKennan Cronbaugh break the girls long jump record with a leap of 18-01.
"It means a lot. This is my senior year and I really wanted to go out with a bang," Cronbaugh said. "We'll have conference, but it's just like the home meet, it means a lot more, so I was really excited about that."
The overall performances led to a home team sweep of their respective meets. The boys turned in a dominant performance with 225 points. Cedar Rapids Kennedy finished second with 108. The Women of Troy won their home meet with 143.50 points. Linn-Mar finished second with 130.
Former Trojans held the previous records. In the 3,200, Frank Canady ran a time of 9:46.242 in 2009. Ironically, Jessica Gehrke also set the high water mark in the long jump in 2009. She jumped 17-07.75.
"Wow, I guess 2009 and 2013 are some good years," Cronbaugh said.
Despite the impressive performances, the time and distances didn't even mark season bests for the two.
Cronbaugh's season best stands at 18-08.5, 7.5 inches further than her distance Thursday. Gardarsson ran almost 12 seconds slower than his season best.
Because they already boasted performances topping the meet records, each began the day with eyes on history.
"That was a goal of his. He asked before the meet," Iowa City boys track and field coach Brian Martz said. "I said, 'It's this and Frank Canady had the record.' He said, 'Well that's doable.'"
Linn-Mar also left the meet with a record. Freshman Stephanie Jenks ran 4:42.94 in the 1,500 to break Iowa City West's Jeni Frudden's time of 4:45.43 set in 2002.
Cronbaugh took part in four wins, including the two relays and the 100 meter dash. As the anchor in the 4x200, the quartet had a chance at another meet record.
She crossed the line at 1:46.44, 2.2 seconds off record pace. A poor handoff between the second and third legs may have been the difference between another meet best.
For Cronbaugh, it's just something to look forward to.
"Yeah, we would've (got it), but it's OK, stumbles happen," Cronbaugh said. "We just have to go back into practice and work on the technical things more and we'll get it next time."