2017 Season in Review: Girls Track & Field

The Assumption Girls Track & Field program made state history with its fifth consecutive Iowa Class 3A State Girls Track & Field Championship, becoming the first program in the 56-year history of the state meet to claim five straight championships. Powered by senior Joy Ripslinger’s four individual titles and two runner-up finishes by sophomore Carly King, Assumption topped second place Pella 93-77 in overall points.

At the 2017 Drake Relays, the Lady Knights claimed three more coveted white flags for the trophy case, as Ripslinger won both the 800 and 1500 M races, and AHS topped the field in the 4 x 100 M Relay behind the efforts of Jasmine Harris, Carly King, Lea Nelson and Mary Grace Carroll. For the second straight year, Assumption was named the Drake Relays Hy-Vee Cup Champions, earning the distinction of the top high school girls track program in Iowa.

At the 2017 New Balance Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, NC, Harris, Nelson, King and Ripslinger clocked a time of 3 minutes, 55.74 seconds in the 1600-meter medley, setting a new all-time Iowa best. Assumption’s time was the fourth fastest time in the country this season, earning the quartet All-American honors.