Woodbury races to 10th at state track meet

GMG senior Jabari Woodbury competes in the second heat of the Class 1A boys’ 400-meter run last Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Woodbury placed 10th in a time of 51.03 seconds. PHOTO BY JAKE RYDER

DES MOINES – Mere days before graduation, Green Mountain-Garwin senior Jabari Woodbury competed for the final time as a high school athlete on Drake Stadium’s famed Blue Oval during the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, coming away with a 10th place finish for his efforts.

Late on Thursday evening, the 11th seed Woodbury crossed the finish line in the Class 1A boys 400 meter finals in 51.03 seconds, capturing 10th place out of 24 runners and just missing out on a top-8 medal. He beat his seeding time by 0.40 seconds.

Last year, Woodbury medaled in the event with a sixth place finish of 50.62 seconds; in 2022, he crossed the finish in 13th place with a time of 52.46.

The race was turbo charged this year with the gold medalist, Mount Ayr senior Ryce Reynolds setting a new state record with a time of 47.90 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Woodbury competed in the 1A boys 200 meter preliminaries, finishing 20th with a time of 22.96 seconds. He had been seeded 24th in the event with a 23.44 clocking.

On Sunday afternoon, Woodbury capped off his milestone week by graduating from GMG High School.

He plans to attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids this fall where he will play wide receiver for the Kohawks football team while majoring in biology.