Sioux Central senior Samantha Halverson went into Friday's Class 1A discus competition favored to win based on having the best district meet throw in the state.
Halverson must not have minded playing the role of favorite, as she won the area's first 2006 track and field championship.
Friday morning, She won the discus competition with a throw of 128 feet, 5 inches, over eight feet ahead of second-place Lindsey Schuler of Treynor. Jordan Balfour of Corning was third with a toss of 118 feet, 4 inches.
Meanwhile, Thursday was a day of ups and downs for Alta junior Dee Hinkeldey. The two-time defending champ in the 400 meters was edged for the 2006 400 title Thursday by senior Hannah Baker of Keota.
Hinkeldey ran in the first heat, the slower of the two heats. She pulled away late in that race to win in 57.94 seconds.
In the second and faster heat, Baker won with a time of 57.47 seconds.
Friday's 400 was only the third time Hinkeldey has run that race this season. It didn't help that she ran in the slower heat and didn't get a chance to run head to head with Baker.
"I felt good and ran as hard as I could, but just fell a little short," Hinkeldey said. "I knew running in the slower heat I'd have to get out and run as fast as I could."
HInkeldey got better news in two other individual events, the 100 and 200 dashes.
In the 100, Hinkeldey shared the top prelim time in the field, as she and Riceville's Becky Also in the 100 dash, Sioux Central's Tricia Hogrefe made the finals by placing eighth in 12.84 seconds. Schaller-Crestland freshman Molly Sippel finished 13th in 12.93 seconds, but did not make the finals.
In the 200 meters, Hinkeldey had the best prelim time in the field, winning her heat in 25.50 seconds, with Baker of Keota second with a time of 25.65 seconds.
Also in the 200 meter dash, Sippel was 16th with a time of 26.79 while Hogrefe was 22nd in 27.18 seconds.
Storm Lake-St. Mary's ran a season's best time in the shuttle hurdle relay, as the team of Jess Lussman, Colleen Smith, Becky Lenhart and Abby Richardson finished tenth in 1:07.57.
In the field events, Storm Lake-St. Mary's' Richardson was tenth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11 inches.
Meanwhile, the St. Mary's girls competed in two relays Friday. The distance medley team of Megan Snyder, Colleen Smith, Maggie Lange and Christine Becker finished 20th in 4:32.08. The team from North Tama Traer won in 4:11.41.
The Panthers got a tough break in the 4x400 relay as they were disqualified.
Sioux Central went on to score more team points Friday, as junior Briana Scharn took sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1:07.55. Also in the 400. Laurens-Marathon's Kacie Woodley took 17th in 1:09.88.
Three area teams ran the 4x100 relay Friday. The Schaller-Crestland team of Becky Willer, Andrea Cook, Ayla Ringgenberg and Sippel qualified for Saturday's finals with a seventh best prelim time (51.92 seconds). The Laurens-Marathon team of Diana Johnsen, Jordan Sundblad, Kelsey Meyer and Megan Hofmaster finished 15th in 52.41 seconds while the Sioux Central team of Brooke Loving, Leah Whittenberg, Kelsea Kulp and Hogrefe took 21st in 52.96 seconds.