Hurt, Kalkhoff thrown onto podium at Drake Relays
DES MOINES — Iowa’s most prominent track and field invitational, the Drake Relays, began on Wednesday, but for the high school boys and girls throwers, Thursday held supreme significance. The girls discus and boys shot put finals took place on Thursday afternoon, and there were plenty of notable achievements, with each of the Jasper County representatives earning a place in the top-six.
First there was Newton sophomore Sarah Kalkhoff. Kalkhoff came in to the Relays with a PR of slightly more than 126 feet, and she knew that would probably not be good enough to compete with this stacked field. She has been the Cardinals’ best discus thrower all season, but on Thursday, she got the opportunity to prove herself against the best throwers from throughout the state. She did not disappoint. On her second throw, Kalkhoff spun around and flung the discus with all her might. It came crashing down just short of the 131-foot marker, with an official measurement of 130 feet, seven inches, a PR. That throw put her into the finals, and it was ultimately good enough to give Kalkhoff the sixth place spot at Drake.
“My first throw was not the greatest. So on the second one, I just had to come out and PR, because I knew the only way I was going to place was if I threw a PR,” Kalkhoff said. “I just wanted to throw a PR, and if I threw a 127, that would have been fine. So, that was really my goal, but I was able to throw an even better PR to place. So that’s the mentality I had to have, and it worked out because I was able to place here.”
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