A-P state track notebook: Freund debuts on Blue Oval

A-P's Maci Freund runs down the front stretch in the Class 2A 400 state championship race at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Freund was 11th in 1:01.72. (Jake Ryder/Eclipse News-Review)

DES MOINES – Maci Freund admits Thursday wasn't her ideal debut in Des Moines.


Freund had put in the hard work to make it in her freshman season with Aplington-Parkersburg, though, and that meant plenty after Freund finished the 2A girls 400-meter dash state championship in 11th place in 1:01.72.


"I really wanted to make this at the beginning of the year," Freund said. "It meant a lot to be here today ad be able to compete and represent A-P."


Jordyn Pester of MVAOCOU won in 56.63. Freund finished about a second out of the top eight with Osage's Brenna Jacobs finishing in eighth in 1:00.35.


Freund was in Pester's heat and knew it'd be a battle to keep up.


"It was really nervewracking," Freund said. "I knew I had to catch up and just follow the whole time and they just got me. I got tired."


Freund is scheduled to run as part of the distance medley on Friday in Des Moines. The event will run at approximately 2:40 p.m.


Also tomorrow:

– A-P's Christian Olson competes in the 2A boys high jump

– A-P boys will run in the distance medley relay final at approximately 5:40 p.m.



Aplington-Parkersburg's Ivy Nolte heads to the front stretch in the 2A 200 prelims on Thursday in Des Moines. (Jake Ryder/Eclipse News-Review)



Ivy Nolte ran in two sprint prelims today, finishing tied for 10th in the 100 in 13.21 and placing 12th in the 200 in 26.88. The top-8 prelim times qualify for Saturday's finals in both events.


The 4x800 boys relay team of Jack Maitland, Hunter Brouwer, Ayden Morris and Mason Tyler ran 12th in 8:26.31.