Schutte is state-bound

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MFL MarMac sophomore Summer Schutte will compete in the 400 meter dash at the state track and field meet in Des Moines on Thursday, May 18. (File photo by Grant Langhus)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac sophomore Summer Schutte is headed to the state track and field meet in the 400 meter dash. Schutte qualified with a time of 1:02.85, which was good for second place in the Class 2A state qualifying meet at North Fayette Valley May 11.

“I could not be prouder of Summer’s efforts,” said MFL MarMac’s head girls track coach, Becky Holt. “She has the heart of a champion.”

Schutte’s story is unique in that, for most of the season, she ran in the 100-meter and 200-meter races.

“As the season was coming to an end, I had to determine what events I thought would have the best chance to qualify for state,” Holt explained. “It meant that some people where pulled from relays. Summer was one that had to be pulled from a relay so she could have the opportunity to run the open 400.”

Because Schutte did not run the 400 consistently throughout the season, Holt said the young runner was nervous about competing in the event at the conference and state qualifying meets. Yet, added Holt, she was also excited for the opportunity.

“I conveyed to her that I would never put her in an event if I didn’t believe she could be successful,” Holt said. “Summer did meet the challenge.”

Schutte will compete at the state meet, held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

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