Schwartz ends WHS career as all-stater

Jenna Schwartz

Waterloo High School track and cross country legend Jenna Schwartz completed her illustrious prep career with an eighth place finish in the 3,200 meter run at Saturday’s IHSA state track meet in Charleston. 

The former state champion, who will next run at Mizzou, ran a time of 11:42.13 to earn all-state honors once again.

Schwartz repeated as the sectional champion in the 3,200 meter run earlier this month with a time of 11:23.37. She ran a time of 11:01.86 in winning the event at last year’s state meet.

“Jenna will be remembered as one of the greatest WHS athletes of all time with state championships in cross country and track,” Waterloo athletic director Mitch North said.

In other local performances from the Class 2A state meet, Waterloo’s Elise Dodel competed in the discus on Friday with a throw of 106 feet, five inches. She holds the school record in the event and will continue her track and field career at the University of New Haven next season. 

Columbia’s Jade Bivins and Maddie VonDerHaar advanced to Saturday’s final round at state, with Bivins placing seventh in her flight in the long jump and VonDerHaar placing 11th in her flight in the shot put.

Both hold school records in their respective state-qualifying events.

At the Class 1A state meet, also in Charleston, Gibault’s Nicole Lindsey competed in the 100 meter hurdles and Brooke Biffar ran the 1,600 meter race on Friday. 

Biffar also ran the 3,200 meter race on Saturday, placing 32nd overall.

Dupo’s Sarah Vanover also ran the 3,200 meter race on Saturday, placing 36th. 

Dupo’s Annalese Gill competed in the shot put on Friday.

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