Adel-DeSoto-Minburn was well-represented at the state track and field meet in Des Moines May 19-21. The girls’ team performed especially well, finishing 12th overall in class 3A.
Maggi Bjustrom was crowned state champion in the 100-meter hurdles. It was a perfect ending to the A-D-M senior’s high school track career.
"I’ve been working so hard these last four years to get this far, and it’s been worth it," Bjustrom said. "It was always a dream to make it to this point. I’ve never even thought that I could be here right now. It feels amazing."
Bjustrom said she was working overtime in practice and practicing two times a day, trying to get everything perfect.
Achieving the state title was an uphill climb for Bjustrom, who suffered a major knee injury following her freshman year. She competed with a metal brace on her leg for two years before finally taking it off for her final season.
"It was a struggle. They told me I might not ever compete again after that injury," she said. "I definitely went above and beyond that."
After finishing seventh at the Drake Relays this year, Bjustrom was able to live her dream. At 14.74 seconds, she came within .04 of the state meet record.
There were plenty of other highlights for the Tigers. In the 4x800-meter relay, Anna Kenny, Ellise Mueller, Sadie Juergens and Brianna Mueller finished in 9:43.87 for a school record and eighth place.
A-D-M girls finished fourth in the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay finals. Kylie Hauf, Kristen Baier, Sami Schepers and Bjustrom combined for a time of 1:06.22.
The Tigers broke another school record in the sprint medley relay. Sydney Bertman, Olivia Anderson, Bjustrom and Kenny finished in 1:52.30 to take 13th place at state.
"It’s a really great experience," said Bertman. "The energy is great, and there’s so much adrenaline. I think that’s what makes athletes get their PRs and break records every year. Just getting here was a good goal accomplished."
Kenny and Anderson agreed that the energy at Drake Stadium for the state meet made for an exciting atmosphere.
"It’s kind of overwhelming, but at the same time, it’s great," Anderson said. "It’s positive."
A-D-M ran season-best times in the 4x400-meter relay and the 4x200-meter relay. In the 4x400, the Tigers finished eighth. In the 4x200, they placed 18th.
Brianna Mueller and Juergens both raced in the 800-meter run. Mueller took ninth with a time of 2:19.26, and Juergens finished 16th with a mark of 2:24.91.
Bertman also finished 15th in the long jump at state with a distance of 15 feet, 9.75 inches.
On the boys’ side, Caleb Weddle, Austin Flora, Sam McCartney and Jacob West raced in the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay preliminaries. The group finished 16th with a time of 1:01.73.
The Tigers’ boys also ran in the 4x200-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. In the 4x200, Reece McLaughlin, Trey Volz, Flora and David Howard finished 22nd with a time of 1:33.53. In the 4x400 preliminaries, McLaughlin, Volz, Howard and Brady Perry finished 21st.
West competed in the high jump and finished 15th. His best height was 6-01, which he cleared on his third attempt.
McLaughlin reached 20-00.25 in the long jump and finished 18th. In the shot put, Mason Warmuth took 24th with a distance of 40-04.50.
There was no shortage of excitement for the fans that crowded Drake Stadium Thursday-Saturday. A-D-M’s 2016 track and field season may be over, but it won’t soon be forgotten.