STC’s Tyynismaa just misses medal in 200

STC's Jojo Tyynimsaa competed in the 100 and 200 at State Track and Field in Des Moines Thursday. Noah Rohlfing/News Chronicle

DES MOINES — Before the afternoon rains swept through Drake Stadium, JoJo Tyynismaa and South Tama County took to the track Thursday in the first day of the co-ed state meet.

Tyynismaa ran two of her four scheduled events — the 200-yard dash preliminaries and the 100 dash preliminaries.

In the 200, the junior nearly medaled — finishing ninth and missing out by eight one-hundredths of a second with her time of 26.51 seconds.

She had a tougher go of it in the 100 dash, slowing towards the end and finishing up 23rd in a time of 13.52. Tyynismaa runs the 100 and 400 hurdles Friday morning.

The boys’ 4–800 relay finished 14th in the event finals, running an 8:22.46 and competing well in their heat.

Payton Vest and Eli Keahna compete Friday for the Trojans in the long jump and shot put, respectively.