DES MOINES - Caitlyn Clayton's final throw at the 2014 state meet was her best.
The Estherville Lincoln Central junior unleashed a throw of 42 feet, 2 1/2 inches on her final turn in the Class 2A Girls Shot Put to place her second overall on Thursday.
"I just concentrated on what (Coach Dean) Truog told me to correct," said Clayton, who placed eighth last year as a sophomore. "Everything really went well and just came together for me."
ELC’s Caitlyn Clayton earned a second-place medal in the Class 2A shot put Thursday at the 2014 State Track and Field Meet. She competed in the discus on Friday.
Davis County junior Kate Birchmier won the event with a state record toss of 43 feet, 4 1/4 inches.
Last year's 2A champion, Dasiana Larson of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, placed third with a toss of 41 feet, 6 inches.
No other 2A competitor threw over 40 feet.
Clayton was the only ELC state qualifier to medal. Clayton competed in the discus on Friday where she finished 15th with a throw of 114 feet, 9 inches.
"It could've been a little better, but it was close to my p-r (personal record)," said Clayton.
Clayton said her goal for next year is to beat the school record.
"I'd also like to place in both events," she said. "It'd be a good way to end my track career."
Senior Alicia Jorgenson ran two events on Thursday. Jorgenson finished 13th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 1 .64 seconds. All eight medalists ran the race in under a minute in Class 2A.
Jorgenson also ran in the 200-meter prelims where she placed 21st in 27.30 seconds.
"I felt decent about my performance, but I was hoping to do better than I did," said Jorgenson. "I feel good about my 400-it was a lot of fun to win may heat. I was disappointed in the 200."
The senior said running at state was "a great way to end my senior track year."
On Friday, junior Megan Jensen ran the 400-meter hurdles. She ran her best time of the year of 1:09.74 to place 17th. She still was within 2 seconds of earning a medal.
Jensen said she wasn't as nervous as when she competed in the shuttle hurdle relay her freshman year.
"I was still nervous because of the event I run," Jensen said. "I got a p-r, but still feel I could've done better-I'm proud but not satisfied."
Jensen said she hopes to be able to run the event in 67 seconds or better next season and return to Drake Stadium.
ELC coach Tina Burton was proud of her three state qualifiers.
"Having three girls down here in five events is just outstanding," she said.