DES MOINES — It was impossible to stay cool.
But when the typical early-race energy rush captivated many of her competitors, Moran Lonning did remain calm and collected.
Lonning worked her way through the field, then won the girls’ Class 3A 3,000-meter run convincingly at the state track meet Thursday at Drake Stadium.
The sophomore from Decorah was clocked in 10:40.93, nearly 12 seconds ahead of the pack.
“Everyone starts out sprinting, but you know, there were still seven laps left,” Lonning said.
It helped that a familiar face was toward the back of the pack with her. Scotti Schon of Waukon, Lonning’s friend and rival, moved up with her and finished third.
“We push each other. I’m used to running with Scotti,” Lonning said.
Lonning took the lead with about three laps remaining, then increased her margin the rest of the way.
The 3,000 was run in the heat of the day. It was 80 degrees when the runners toed the line.
“My feet are on fire,” Lonning said. “It feels like I’m standing in hot tar.”
Lonning was one of two Gazette-area 3A champions Thursday. Rachel Curry of Williamsburg captured the discus with a fling of 132 feet, 2 inches.
“Not everything was exactly the way I expected, but it ended up pretty well,” Curry said. “I wasn’t staying over my knee the way I should, or blocking as well as I can.”
Curry’s best throw was her second preliminary throw.
Dubuque Wahlert jumped into the lead in the 3A team race. The Golden Eagles have 33 points through five events. Mount Vernon-Lisbon is second with 16 1/4; Williamsburg is third with 16.
Mount Vernon-Lisbon earned runner-up finishes from its 3,200-meter relay and from Karly Cochrane in the 400.
The Mermaids’ 4×800 finished behind Wahlert. Holly Salzbrenner and Alex Wilson brought the relay from back in the pack.
“It could be better, but it’s an all-right start,” said Wilson, who anchored in 2:16.7. “We’ll be fine.
“Wahlert runs their girls from fastest to slowest, so I was hoping I could catch them. But it was just too much (ground to make up) this time.”
Cochrane was second to Perry’s Jessica Nichols.
“I’ve been tracking her all year, so I knew she was a quick one,” Cochrane said. “I saw her coming up behind me out of the corner of my eye, so I knew I probably wasn’t going to be first.”
Team leaders (through 5 events) – 1. Dubuque Wahlert 33, 2. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 16 1/4, 3. Williamsburg 16, 4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 14, 5. Pella 12.
Discus – 1. Rachel Curry (Williamsburg), 132-2; 2. Brooke Gritters (Pella), 130-4; 3. Morgan May (Dubuque Wahlert), 125-0.
3,000 – 1. Moran Lonning (Decorah), 10:40.93; 2. Shelby Curtis (Carlisle), 10:52.54; 3. Scotti Schon (Waukon), 10:52.71; 6. April Davidshofer (Western Dubuque), 10:59.46.
High jump – 1. Megan Glisar (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 5-7; 2. Claire Till (Dubuque Wahlert), 5-7; 3. Tanna Seuferer (Chariton), 5-4; 4. Mackenzie Bigbee (Williamsburg), 5-3; 7. Laura Osterhaus (Maquoketa), 5-1; 8. (tie) Logan Hjerleid (Waukon) and Rose Tepper (Mount Vernon-Lisbon), 5-0.
3,200 relay – 1. Dubuque Wahlert, 9:34.93; 2. Mount Vernon-Lisbon, 9:41.83; 3. Benton Community, 9:48.85; 8. Williamsburg, 10:02.26.
400 – 1. Jessica Nichols (Perry), 56.51; 2. Karly Cochrane (Mount Vernon-Lisbon), 57.86; 3. Mikaela Pruismann (Webster City), 58.52; 7. Megan Clark (Union), 1:00.63.