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Foreman takes a break, still wins

Just three days after Brooke Foreman placed in three events in the Drake Relays, she was back at it with Washington at the Prairie Relays on Tuesday.

Foreman ran well again, although she didn’t run her usual slate of races.

"After Drake, I am very tired so my coach just wanted to put me in some 100's to see if I could get my time down,” Foreman said.

Foreman picked up two victories, one in the 100 meter dash and one in the 100 hurdles. She also helped the 4x100 relay team to a second place finish.

Last season Foreman placed seventh in the state in the 100 meter dash, but this year, she hasn’t run it much, focusing instead on hurdles.

"My time hasn't been where I've wanted it to be, but I have found other races that I can be much better at this season," she said.

In the 100 meter race at the Prairie Relays, Foreman was credited with the win, running a 12.53, .02 seconds faster than teammate Kadejah Sanders, though Foreman is fairly sure Sanders edged her out in the end.

“I haven't run the 100 since early in the season,” Foreman said. “I got out well, but I think my teammate caught me at the end, Kadejah, but they announced me as first so I was a little confused."


'Pretty good' round gives Askelson title

CORALVILLE - Xavier High School senior Kimmy Askelson tore a muscle in her right calf last spring and had her appendix removed last November.

Just imagine how good she'll be if she stays healthy for an extended period of time.

Askelson fired a 6-over-par 77 Monday to win the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet by two strokes on a sunny, breezy day at the Brown Deer Golf Club.

Askelson's calf is not fully healed, but she does stretching exercises to keep it loose and limber for meets. She struggled a little with a 40 on the front-9 Monday, but was a model of consistency with a 2-over 37 on the back-9.

Askelson said she felt "pretty good" about her 77.

"This course isn't easy, especially with the wind out there," she said. "I'll take it."

Amy Ihm of Dubuque Wahlert and Allison Rolinger of Cedar Falls tied for second place with 79s. Megan Furnish of Jefferson tied for sixth place with an 82 and Jehri Wagner of Prairie placed 10th with an 86.

Askelson stands only 5-foot-5 and 105 pounds, but Xavier Coach Julie Kadlec said her star golfer has "bulked up" since last year.

"It doesn't look like it. She's so slight, but she really has," said Kadlec, laughing. "She's gotten stronger."

Askelson said she began serious weight-training last fall, then had to take a break following her appendectomy. "I couldn't lift more than five pounds for a couple of weeks," she said. "I had to take it really easy."


Marion 5th at own invitational

The Marion boys didn't win any events, but they ran well enough to score 71 points and finish fifth out of 14 teams at their home meet on Monday.

"I thought they made some strides, but they still have some work to do,” Coach Chad Zrudsky said. “We are at a point where we have had some injuries and things keeping our kids from running and the weather hasn't helped, so we are trying to get some things figured out here and shuffle some things around with relays and individuals and try to get the best line-up for conference."

DeWitt Central won the meet with a score of 113 followed by Western Dubuque with 103 and Solon with 90.

The Indians' two best events were the 100 meter dash and the distance medley, which both came in second.


Duals gone; embrace what remains

Recent news from the Iowa High School Athletic Association last week has changed the sport of wrestling but it also had a profound effect on Cedar Rapids.

In addition to changing weight classes, the IHSAA moved the state team wrestling tournament to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines the day before the traditional state championships in February 2012. Instead of the team meet being held in Cedar Rapids a week later than the traditional event, now all state wrestling action is in a four-day period in the state capital.

It is one fewer state tournament that Cedar Rapids will host.

One reaction to the move was that the IHSAA and Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union really want every state competition to be held in Des Moines. But that simply isn’t true.


Small college route worked out for Osborne

It was a tough decision for a high school senior, but also a decision most prep athletes can only dream of facing, especially those at relatively small high schools.

He had scholarship offers in both football and basketball from the state university, which just a few months earlier had played in the Orange Bowl.

His decision? To turn them both down and attend the local college -- enrollment about 1,000 -- and pay his own way, to boot.

Would Tom Osborne make the same decision again?

"I never regretted it," he said with a smile.

The legendary football coach, now athletics director, at the University of Nebraska was at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Monday to speak at an affair sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization with which he first became involved in 1957.

That was two years after the multi-sport star in Hastings, Neb., decided against taking those scholarship offers from the big university 90 miles away in Lincoln. He had been named the state's top high school athlete that year after making first-team all state as a quarterback, leading his team to a state basketball championship, starring on a good baseball team and topping it off by winning the discus at the state track and field meet.


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