Flattery fourth for Gaels

DES MOINES – Flying under the radar is likely no longer possible for Megan Flattery.

Capping off a memorable debut inside Drake Stadium, the St. Edmond freshman saved her best for last Saturday with a fourth-place showing in the girls Class 2A 800, clocking a new personal best mark of 2:20.14. Clayton Ridge’s Jasmine Staebler (2:14.40) repeated as champion.

“I think the atmosphere probably helped push me more,” Flattery said. “My gameplan coming in was just to try and stick with (Eagle Grove 1500 champion and 800 bronze medalist) Tiffany (Christensen), but that didn’t work too well.

“It was extra special to get a personal record down (in Des Moines).”

Flattery came in seeded 19th (2:30.67) after a district runner-up performance. She finished seventh in the 400 Thursday and tied for eighth in the high jump on Friday.

“I definitely want to come back next year now and do even better,” said Flattery. “I just have to keep working hard to try and do that.”

On the SEHS boys side, junior Landon Peed settled for 18th in the 2A 800 (2:02.64). Peed, who improved on his 24th-place state showing from last year, entered Drake Stadium in the No. 23 spot.

“I thought Landon’s time was good in getting down around 2:02,” Gael head coach Bill Kibby said. “If anything, it’s disappointing that he didn’t place higher. This year the 2A times were all just outstanding. He would’ve been even better running in 1A or 3A.”

Peed’s time actually would’ve ranked seventh fastest in 1A and the 16th best in 3A. Monticello’s Michael Melchert (1:54.87) earned gold in the 2A 800.

Cascade (49) prevailed in the 2A girls race, while Monticello (92) easily outdistanced the field again in the 2A boys division.

A total of 26 new meet records and one tie were set here this week.