Fisher anchors AGWSR to 1A girls runner-up finish

AGWSR's Aubrie Fisher takes off after grabbing the baton from Ali Gerbracht in the Class 1A 4x800 relay on Thursday, May 17. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

Already running a grueling 3,000-meter race earlier in the day, Aubrie Fisher anchored the AGWSR girls 4x800 to a runner-up finish in Class 1A on Thursday, May 17.


In that earlier race, she had to out-kick Kee, Lansing’s Katie Brennan to the finish line in order to take fifth.


And then she got the baton from Ali Gerbracht in fourth place and worked her way to the second-place spot.


“I thought, ‘oh yeah, I did it!’ Yep, yep! Aubrie’s going to do it,” Gerbracht said of her thoughts after the hand-off. “(At first) I didn’t think she’d catch her at all, But then, I thought, ‘this is Aubrie Fisher, she can do almost anything.’”


The runner-up time was 10 minutes, 6.82 seconds, four back of Central Elkader.


After the opening leg by Mandy Willems, AGWSR was in sixth, but strong legs by Haley Bakker and Gerbracht had moved the Cougars up to fourth place.


“I didn’t run my best at districts so I tried to get healthy and I felt like I did better than at districts,” Bakker said. “It’s really exciting. Aubrie helped us finish at the end.”


Willems said she saw Fisher’s finish coming.


“It was great,” said Willems. “I saw her coming and I knew she was going to get it.”


AGWSR was in first place after Thursday with 12 points based on both finishes.