Hull completes Mustang running career with pair of events in state finale

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - East Marshall senior Ellie Hull (9) heads down the homestretch of the Class 2A girls’ 800-meter run on Saturday at the state track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

DES MOINES — East Marshall senior Ellie Hull wasn’t thrilled with how things went on Saturday, but the senior made it back to the state co-ed track meet to complete her high school running career in the 800 and 1,500 meter runs.

Hull ran twice on Saturday, finishing in 20th with a season-best time of 2:30.37 in the 800 and placing 22nd in the 1,500 run at 5:13.76.

She had critiques of her performance, pointing out what she felt could have gone better in each race.

“I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of disappointed in both of my races,” Hull said. “I thought I was ready and I didn’t take advantage like I wanted to.

“In the 800 I just didn’t get out very good, I got kind of boxed in and it took me a while to get back out and around. In the 1,500 my legs got tight really fast so I just felt like I couldn’t keep my consistent pace like I wanted to in those middle laps.”

This was the second-straight year she made it to Drake for the state meet, competing in the 800 and 1,500 in 2021 and finishing 17th in each event.

Hull has one more season of East Marshall sports left — she’s playing for the Mustangs’ softball team this summer — but she said it was important for her to get here and to put a bow on her running career before the season gets really underway.

“I went out the way I wanted to and everything for the most part,” Hull said. “Still got softball, but everything up to now I thought was pretty good and ended where I wanted to.”


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