DES MOINES - The climb took Kailey Kladivo nearly all the way to the top.
The North Tama sophomore was among a trio of Class 1A girls to have a final height of 5 feet, 5 inches
Friday in the high jump at the Iowa Co-ed Track and Field Championships.
Kladivo finished second based on misses, while Karly Groon of Akron-Westfield was the champion.
"It was an excellent year for her," said North Tama head coach John Daub. "The previous best for her last year would have been 5-1. She had gone 5-3 earlier this year and was two inches better today."
The Redhawk recordbook has undergone a rewriting in recent history (North Tama came to Des Moines having won four consecutive team titles), but the high jump record stood at 5-4 ever since Jill Foster did so in 1998.
"It's great for her to end the year on her best jump," Daub said, adding that she started last year around 4-10.
Kladivo was a state qualifier as a freshman, finishing 16th at 5 feet.
The Iowa Star Conference had three in Friday's high jump. GMG sophomore Emily Havelka tied for 20th place at 4-10, while Tripoli's Micah Wedemeier tied for fifth at 5-2.