DES MOINES — Grace Proesch has just one more rung to climb on the ladder.
After earning a fifth-place medal in the 400 meters last year, the North Cedar junior jumped up three spots Thursday evening with a runner-up finish at the Class 2A state meet.
Proesch crossed in 58.39 seconds, a little more than a half-second behind Alta-Aurelia’s Lily Peterson.
“You can never say you’re pleased being a state runner-up, but better than last year and next year will be better,” she said. “It gives you something to aspire for and something to go get.”
Camanche’s Courtney Schnoor and Louisa-Muscatine’s Lani Hillard collected 2A bronze medals in the shot put and long jump, respectively.
Schnoor, who entered as the top seed, claimed her first state medal after finishing ninth a year ago. She threw 39 feet, 7 inches, about a foot less than what she did at the state qualifier.
“It was important, my senior year, my last sport with Camanche,” said Schnoor, an Upper Iowa basketball recruit. “I just wanted to leave with a medal. That was my goal.”
Hillard fed off the confidence of medaling at the Drake Relays last month with a leap of 16-11 1/2 to place third. Davis County’s Jaylynn Sharp won at 17-3.
“I worked really hard and this is something I’m really passionate about — track and jumping,” said Hillard, who will join the St. Ambrose program in the fall. “It is just good when everything comes together and works out.”
Wilton’s Evan Reifert was third in the boys’ 2A long jump at 21-1. West Liberty’s Noah Feldman matched that placing in the 3A high jump at 6-6.
Reifert didn’t start long jumping until this season.
“I was very happy with my performance,” he said.
Central DeWitt sprinter Terry Harris claimed a spot in Saturday’s 3A 100- and 200-meter final. He ran the fifth fastest 100 preliminary time in 11.09 and fourth in the 200 at 22.55.
In Class 1A, Bellevue Marquette’s girls’ 3,200 relay placed fourth with Annika Frank, Ashley Koos, Halle KIlburg and Alyssa Kremer in 10:04.92. Bellevue’s Camryn Reeg was sixth in the 2A 3,000 in 10:34.76.