Who will be the All-Iowa girls track athlete of the year? These 10 candidates have emerged
The 2022 Iowa high school state track meet will be here in just over one week.
It takes place from Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. There have been several phenomenal performances throughout the state thus far, including at the 112th Drake Relays in late April.
This is a look at the top candidates for the Des Moines Register's All-Iowa athlete of the year in girls track. The field includes performers from all four classes competing in sprinting, distance, throwing and jumping events.
Here are the top 10 candidates heading into this week's state qualifying meets:
School: Sioux City West
Duax, an Iowa signee, has turned in a dominant senior season so far for Sioux City West. She has the state's best time in the 100 and 200-meter dash events at 11.81 and 24.60 seconds. She's also second in the state for the best distance in the long jump at 19 feet, 1.5 inches. She won the 100 (12.42) and took second in the long jump (17-10.25) at the Drake Relays.
Erzen looks to conclude her outstanding track career with a big state meet. An Arkansas signee, she won the girls 1,500 and 800 and took second in the 400 at the Drake Relays with respective times of 4:36.27, 2:09.39 and 56.18. She has the fastest 1,500 and 800 times in the state and ranks third in the 400.
School: Waukee Northwest
Carney is the hurdles queen of Iowa. She made history by becoming the first high school athlete to complete the triple crown in hurdle events at the Drake Relays by winning the 100 and 400 hurdles and shuttle hurdle relay. She has the fastest 100 and 400 hurdle times in Iowa at 14.13 and 1:02.87, and she's helped Waukee Northwest run the best shuttle hurdle time and 4x200 times at 1:01.86 and 1:42.18.
School: Western Dubuque
Biermann has the state's second-best open 200 and 400 times and she ranks fourth in the 100. Her best time in the 200 is 25.03. She's peaked at 55.55 so far in the 400 and 12.25 in the 100. Biermann has also anchored Western Dubuque to the best sprint medley time heading into the qualifying meets at 1:46.01.
Dorenkamp has broken onto the long-distance scene is a big way as a sophomore. She placed second to Erzen in the 1,500 and Ballard's Paityn Noe in the 3,000 at the Drake Relays after winning the Class 4A individual state cross country title in the fall. Her best time in the 1,500 is 4:38.91. Her top 3,000 effort is 9:56.91.
Lappe is the top girls thrower in Iowa. She has the state's best throw in the discus at 141-9, over 4 feet better than the second-best throw thus far of 137-6.5 by Oskaloosa's Faith DeRonde. Lappe also ranks second in the shot with a toss of 43-9, trailing only the 49-9 by Mount Pleasant's Jaden Brumbaugh.
School: Cedar Rapids Prairie
Cortez won the 400 at the Drake Relays, just edging out Erzen with a time of 56.15. She has the fastest time in the state for the event heading into the week at 55.52. Cortez also ranks third in the 800 at 2:11.19 and fifth in the 200 at 25.36. She leads off a 4x800 team that has the state's best time at 4:20.32 and is also part of a sprint medley relay team that ranks second in 1:47.41.
School: Dubuque Hempstead
Darter is the top girls wheelchair athlete in the state. She has the state's best 100 and 400 wheelchair times at 25.97 and 1.33.88. She also ranks third in the 200 at 49.43.
Farrell is one of the top sprinters in the state. She ranks second in the 100 at 12.09, third in the 200 at 25.19 and fourth in the 400 at 56.34. At the Drake Relays, Farrell took second in the 100 with a 12.58 showing and was third in the 400 at 56.39.
Henfling is a senior leader and one of the top runners for two elite relay teams at ADM. She anchors a 4x100 team that has the fastest time in the entire state at 48.48. She's also part of a Tiger 4x200 team that ranks second in the state with a time of 1:43.62.