DES MOINES - Even with a school record, a pair of personal bests and a medal from the Class 2A Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships in hand, Rachael Cheeseman walked off the blue oval Thursday a little melancholy.
But after a few minutes spent gaining perspective, everything seemed pretty darn good.
The Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior earned a berth in Saturday's 200-meter final by breaking her own school record and placed seventh in the 400, earning her second-straight medal in the event.
With the 400 ran later in the meet and coming off a top-five finish a year ago, Cheeseman finished her day "a little bummed." But her time of 59.09 seconds was a personal-best and less than three-tenths of a second off the G-R record.
"I was going for the school record of 58.83, and I didn't get that either," said Cheeseman. "But I PR'ed, so that's the best I can do."
"The time was a little bit more important (than the place) because I was pretty confident that I could (medal)," she added.
"You can't trip or push anybody. You can't do anything about how fast they run."
The day started out on a much higher note as Cheeseman finished the 200 in 26.20, breaking the school record she set previously this spring.
"It felt, really, really good," she said. "It was good to have that time down where I wanted it to be."
"I ran the school record earlier in the season and then I never ran it again," she added. "So I was a little iffy about what I was going to do, but it felt good to PR again."
The time was good enough for the sixth seed in the Saturday afternoon finals, giving Cheeseman another shot to walk off the track at Drake Stadium smiling.
"I can PR again," she said confidently. "I've never broken into the 25s, so that's a big goal. I'll have to push it really hard. That's my goal for now."