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Slaven has final performance while Tyynismaa has debut at Drake Relays

May 1, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

As one STC Trojan had her final performance at the Drake Relays another had her debut. On the second day of the relays, freshman Jojo Tyynismaa got the day going with her run in the 100m Hurdles.

"It felt pretty cool," said Tyynsimaa, "I've never been on the oval before but I have watched it because I've seen Belle (her sister) and it was cool to be here."

Tyynsimaa is referring to her older sister Belle Tyynismaa who graduated from South Tama in 2016 and now runs for Wartburg. Belle is no stranger to the blue oval, in fact she ran with her 4x100 Wartburg team on Friday morning as well.

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South Tama County’s Stacey Slaven tied for 11th place in the High Jump at the Drake Relays on Friday, April 26. It was the fourth appearance at the Relays for the senior.
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It would appear as though Jojo won't be stranger either. While her older sister competed in the 100 m Dash during her high school career, Jojo prefers the added element of the hurdles.

"I think one of my goals was to run a faster time than I did before and just see how I do. Watching all the girls at college meets it was really really cool for me. I ran hurdles in middle school and I thought is this really something I like?" said Tyynismaa.

It must be, as she not only qualified as a freshman but also managed to set a personal record with a time of 15.62.

"It was a PR and I was really happy about that, that's kind of what I aimed to do here, try to PR and do as best as I can, " said Tyynismaa.

She also carried on the family tradition of running in the 4x100 which she did on Saturday. Her sister Belle ran in the 4x100 team in 2016 for the Trojans.

Later on Friday morning, STC senior Stacey Slaven, had her final appearance at the Drake Relays. Slaven is a four time Drake qualifier.

Prior to stepping onto the field Slaven got some advice from her mom, Sally.

"I was pretty nervous, this season has been kind of up and down and shaky, so I was pretty nervous but my mom reminded me that I'm better when I'm relaxed so I just kind of needed to hear that and kept it in my mind all day," Slaven said.

Slaven made her first jump look like a piece of cake. She easily cleared 5'0. She had one miss at 5'2 but came back to get it on her second attempt. She ultimately tied for 11th place with her jump of 5'2.

"I am really glad I got that on my first height because I was really nervous for that in the days leading up to this," she said.

Slaven was just shy of the 5'4 height but has plans to work hard so she can get back to the blue oval for the State Track and Field meet.

"I am pretty proud. It just kind of feels normal to me," she said.



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