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Iverson wraps up track career at Class A state meet

ST. PAUL – Austin senior Taige Iverson didn’t have her best run at the Minnesota Class AA State Track and Field Meet Friday at Hamline University, but she still has plenty to be proud of.

Austin Taige Iverson clears a hurdle in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries of the Minnesota State Class AA Track and Field Meet Friday morning at Hamline University in St. Paul. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Iverson finished 15th place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.03 seconds in her final race for the Packers. Her time was just over a full second slower than her AHS record time of 15.02 seconds that Iverson ran in the Section 1AA Meet.

“I don’t really know what happened. I think I just kind of psyched myself out,” Iverson said. “I wasn’t thinking that much about what I really wanted to happen and what could’ve happened. But I enjoyed it and I tried not to stress myself out.”

The field was extremely fast as five separate runners ran preliminary times faster than 15 seconds. Evelyn Adams of Edina had the fastest preliminary time at 14.47 seconds and Meara Beighly of Grand Rapids was the last finals qualifier with a time of 15.58 seconds.

Austin’s Taige Iverson heads to the next hurdle during the second heat of the 100-meter hurdles during the Minnesota State Class AA Track and Field Meet Friday morning at Hamline University in St. Paul. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

“Everyone was definitely crazy good,” Iverson said.

After competing in the state dance meet this past winter, Iverson committed herself to the hurdles this spring. She spent long hours in practice with teammate Hannah Quandt as they were usually the last ones to leave practice.

“I was happy that I just got here and I wasn’t really expecting much after this,” Iverson said. “I set the school record and I got here and that’s all I really wanted to do.”