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Trojans shine in day two of State Track and Field

Tyynismaa runs in four events, medals in three

May 24, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Mother Nature had everyone's head spinning at day two of the State Track and Field Meet. The sunny heat was replaced with cool temperatures and rain. The tournament began an hour later than planned due to weather concerns. Once things got rolling a little rain wasn't going to put a stop to any of the athletic events.

The first event of the day was South Tama County sophomore, Payton Vest, in the Long Jump. Vest's three jump attempts came in at 19'08, 20'00.25 and 19'08.50. He was shy of the finals but finished middle of the pack at 11th place.

On the track, STC freshman, Jojo Tyynismaa had her first event of the day in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

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Stacey Slaven hands the baton to Jojo Tyynismaa in the Class 3A 4x100 relay on Friday, May 17.

"It was good. It was raining for the race so that was rough but everyone was running in the rain so I just felt like I had to do the best I could do and try and stay with the girls who had faster seed times than me and run with them," said Tyynismaa.

At this point in the morning it wasn't just raining, it was pouring on the blue oval. Outwardly it did not seem to phase the freshman but she did have some concerns as she took her blocks.

"It was pouring. I started and I was getting in the blocks and I was in a puddle," said Tyynismaa, "I thought okay we are justing going to have to run out and hopefully I don't fall and slip. That's what I was hoping with that race but earning a pr and qualifying for finals was definitely a good thing."

She did not slip during the race and in fact she finished in the preliminaries with the third fastest time at 15.35. Her time earned her a spot in the finals on Saturday.

"I was really excited because this is where I came in at and I knew everyone was going to try and run their hardest at this meet so I knew I needed to run my hardest and try and stay with them," said Tyynismaa.

She brought home the silver medal in the finals on Saturday, taking second with a time of 15.57.

An hour later Tyynismaa was on the track again, this time for the 400 Meter Hurdles. She finished the race in 107.69 which earned her 10th place.

Tyynismaa wasn't done on the track. She anchors the 4x100 relay team. Also running the relay were Stacey Slaven, Ashton Graham and Caitlyn Stochl. The quartet qualified for finals after running a 50.59.

Qualifying for the finals was a pleasant surprise for the two seniors Slaven and Graham, Stochl, a junior and lone freshman, Tyynismaa.

"It feels crazy," said Slaven after qualifying for finals in the 4x100.

"I was scared that I was going to slip out of the blocks," said Stochl

"I kind of feel that this is another victory, qualifying in four events" Tyynismaa said after qualifying for finals in the 4x100.

For Graham it was her first trip to the State Meet.

"After the finals it's all over. I'll never run track again so I'm just going to enjoy it while I can," said Graham.

The girls finished in 8th place in the finals with a time of 50.54 on Saturday.

Closing out Friday, for the Trojans was the boys 4x400 meter relay of Tyrin Lasley, Keith Keahna, Gabe Babinat and Drake Crawford. They finished 8th in their heat with a time of 3:37.37. While not enough to get them into the finals, it is still an honor to make it to compete at Drake Stadium.

"I was really excited that we made it. Right before we started I got so nervous. I'm not really happy with how I ran but it was still fun to be here," said Babinat.

"I think it's pretty dope because I didn't picture myself being at State. The atmosphere and seeing a bunch of fast athletes run. I think it's pretty cool," said Lasley.



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