Davenport Assumption became the first girls' track and field program in Iowa to reel off five consecutive state team championships this spring.

Powered by one of the country's top middle distance runners, Joy Ripslinger, the Knights are at the center of this year's Quad-City Times All-Metro girls track and field team.

Ripslinger concluded her illustrious career with nine state titles. She completed the 400, 800, 1,500 and 3,000 sweep at the Class 3A state meet last month. The Arkansas recruit leaves with Class 3A state meet records in the 800 (2 minutes, 7.51 seconds), 1,500 (4:39.00) and 3,000 (9:55.37).

"Never thought I'd be state-champion caliber in all four races," said Ripslinger, who is ranked among the top 20 nationally in the 800 and 1,500. "It was amazing to me my training brought me to that position."

Ripslinger is one of four Knights on the first team, joining sprinters Carly King and Jasmine Harris along with middle distance/distance runner Julia Schumacher.

Pleasant Valley and Rock Island each had a metro-best five girls selected to the 25-person first team.

The Spartans are led by 400 hurdles state champion and Iowa recruit Addie Swanson. The Rocks are paced by sprinter Mykedra Craig and two state place- winning hurdlers in Demetria Johnson and Cedreahna Kennedy.

Bettendorf and North Scott also had multiple individuals on the first team. The Bulldogs have three Division I recruits in Sydney Spranger, Ally Gallagher and Alli Wroblewski.

North Scott is led by its high jumping duo of Erica Loussaert and Alexis Hayes.

Moline sophomore Megan Pittington is a repeat selection in the sprints after winning Big Six titles in the 100, 200 and 400.

Geneseo state champion long jumper Erika Furbeck headlines the all-area squad. In addition to winning the 2A crown in that event, she was a medal winner in the 100 and 200 meters.

North Cedar's Grace Proesch was a state medalist in four events, including a runner-up finish in the Iowa Class 2A 400 meters.

Fulton's Chloe Lindeman leads the throws after placing among the top five in the shot put and discus at the Illinois 1A state meet.


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Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.