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STC’s Slaven takes 4th in High Jump


May 25, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Her goal was to jump 1 inch higher than her previous appearance at the State Track and Field Meet. And she smashed it! South Tama's Stacey Slaven finished fourth overall in the Class 3A High Jump on Thursday, May 17.

"I wasn't really nervous for when I jumped," Slaven said. "I was mostly just excited because I went into it thinking I could do really well. And I'm OK with how I did."

The bar was set at 4'9 to start off the competition. Slaven hit jumps at 4'9, 4'11 and 5'1 on her first attempts. She made 5'3 on her second attempt for her best jump of the day.

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South Tama’s Stacey Slaven places 4th in the Class 3A High Jump at the State Track and Field meet on Thursday, May 17.
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Slaven battled through a nose bleed somewhere between 4'9 and 5'1. She didn't let it slow her down though and implied that it may have even helped her jumping.

"I thought I started doing better after it happened," said Slaven, "I was randomly thinking about what if it happened what if I get a nose bleed because it happens a lot."

Slaven was one miss from making top three. Waverly's Reagan Dahlquist took 3rd as she had no misses until 5'5. Madison Harms of Sergeant Bluff-Luton went on to win the high jump with a jump of 5'6.

This was Slaven's second time at the State Track and Field meet. Last year she cleared 5'2 but fell out of the competition at 5'4. The extra inch was a great improvement for the junior who will surely return next year.

With the spring time weather being troublesome for spring athletes Slaven was happy with her improvement. "It hadn't started out as a great season. Indoor was OK, but outdoor didn't start out how I planned," Slaven said. "I just had to get into the groove of it."

Other area competitors included Taurice Grant from Meskwaki Settlement School and Callie Frakes from South Tama.

Grant competed in the Class 1A 400 Meter Run and was one of just two freshman to compete in the field. He finished in 16th place nearly matching his season pr of 52.9 with a time of 52.92.

"I think I started out good I just had nothing at the end. I started a little faster than I should have. But it's my first year," said Grant.

Grant is just beginning his high school career and we will surely see more of him in the years to come.

"Anything below making it here will be a disappointment. I just want to get better," said Grant.

The final area performer was South Tama's Callie Frakes. Frakes qualified for the Class 3A 1500 Meter Run and competed on Saturday, May 19. Frakes finished 23rd with a time of 5:11.22.



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