The joy of victory; Viking girls fourth, best finish since 2010
Sprint medley comes from behind to win gold
Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:33 AM
Hard work – that was the key phrase for the Decorah girls track team this spring.
Taylor Schuring (L) and Dailen Folkedahl (M) hug following the sprint medley relay victory. Also pictured is Monica Tappe. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Over the three days of the state track meet in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday, that hard work paid off for the Vikes.
Overall, the team had its best finish since 2010 – when it finished third in team standings. The Vikes scored 49 points to earn fourth overall in Class 3A. Davenport Assumption claimed the team title with 107 points. Mount Pleasant was a close second with 77 points while Dubuque Wahlert was third with 68 points.
The highlight of the weekend was the first event Saturday – the sprint medley.
That morning, the Vikes made a chance in the line-up, inserting Monica Tappe as the first leg. Along with Alexis Hove, Dailen Folkedahl and Taylor Schuring, the Vikes had high hopes in a tough field. Heading in the final leg, the 400 meter run, the Vikes sat in third place. That was when Schuring took over. She blazed around the track to the final 100 meters, where she kicked it into high speed. In the final meters, she passed Boone’s runner to win the event in 1:48.46. That was when the tears began to flow.
“It feels great,” said Schuring. “I got a burst of adrenaline there at the end. I really wanted it for the team. It’s amazing. I’m still trying to process it right now.”
“Our motto for this year has been hard work,” said Hove. “We haven’t run with this group of girls, I don’t think ever, but since we’ve all worked hard, we’ve been able to pull it off because we’re confident in what we can do.”
“I was really nervous starting out because we switched the line-up this morning, but it all worked out,” said Folkedahl.
The girls also set a new school record, besting the previous time of 1:49.78 set at the state meet in 2010 by Laura Francois, Megan Tappe, Kelsey Strand and Kayla Kregel.
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