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Track and fielders from all over Iowa are gearing up for the state track meet in Des Moines this weekend. 

Hundreds of athletes from all over the state will be competing, including  a few from the small school of Calamus-Wheatland.

They qualified for five different events, despite not even having a track to practice on. 

The team practices on city streets in Wheatland, and created a makeshift track around a local church. 

And that, has led them all the way to the biggest meet in the state. 

"The only time I've really considered that other schools have a track is when we visit them for a meet," says Junior runner Megan Flattery. "I think, wow, what it must be like to practice on a 400 meter, 6 or 8 lane track."

To qualify for state, runners had to get qualifying times at other meets. 

Something that's tough to do when the first few races, are teh first time anybody is getting on an actual track.

"We can't use our spikes out here, so that will actually be the first time we put our spikes on, we getting to start and the first time we're really running our actual race." says Sophomore runner Dana Koester.

Many of the runners heading to state, are going for the second time. 

Several qualified last years, but, they say the moment may have been too big for them. 

"We won't let it affect us. We won't let it bring us down," Koester explains about this years meet. "We work our hardest and when it comes to getting on a track, we try to pull our best."

Head Coach Kevin Oberfell says he hopes his runners can handle the pressure of the crowds at this years state meet, by just remembering the basics. 

"One thing that we talk about a lot is the track is still 400 meters long, you still take left turns," he explains. "It really doesn't matter how many people you're running against... You still got to run your race." 

No matter what track you're running on. 


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