MARION — She has been asked by many. Her fans. Her family.
How does Jessica Gehrke make it look so easy?
“They say I make it look effortless,” said the star from Iowa City West. “They ask me if I’m running hard.
“Yes, I’m running hard.”
Such is the life of the gifted.
Gehrke competed in three events at the J-Hawk Relays girls’ track meet Saturday afternoon at Armstrong Field, winning all of them.
The junior captured the long jump (18 feet, 1/2 inch) and the 100-meter dash (12.77 seconds) before anchoring West’s sprint medley relay to gold with a sub-60 split.
West Coach Mike Parker said Gehrke makes it look easy because of her form.
“She doesn’t have the high knee drive. She’s very efficient,” Parker said. “The stopwatch proves she’s running as fast as anybody.”