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"We've all been running together since seventh and eighth grade," Warriors hurdler Jared Brdicko said. "It's been a lot of fun to see everybody progress and PR through the seasons, just getting better as a team."
"Our goal was to go out on top our senior year," Ejubovic said. "To be state champs is just an amazing feeling."
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Saturday's performance capped a stellar senior season for Gafford, who won the 100 at last month's Drake Relays.
Brdicko anchored Waukee to a triumph in the shuttle hurdle relay and Nihad Ejubovic ran the final leg of a victorious 4x100.
A few of Waukee's stars took a more ritualistic approach.
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By the time Waukee celebrated its first team title, the skies above Drake Stadium were sun soaked.
In recent years, the Warriors have made a tradition out of rubbing Buddha charms and listening to German rap music in order to psych themselves up for big races.
"Our group has been really good friends, even before I was in high school," explained Josh Brdicko, another Waukee hurdler. "Some people went to Germany for a spring break trip and bought a CD.
"I just had to keep working hard, to make sure I get it, and not take anything for granted."
"It kind of put pressure on me in the beginning," Gafford said of his Drake title, "but once I started running with the guys and started winning, I knew (winning at state) was going to come.
Dowling Catholic senior Rico Gafford wins 100 , 200 meter state championships.
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Dowling had never produced a 100 champion until Christian Louboutin Shoes Red Gafford hit the tape Saturday in 11.07 seconds.
He was even more dominant while winning the 200 in 21.93.
Waukee senior Nihad Ejubovic anchors his 4x100 meter relay team to a win in Iowa Class 4A on Saturday, May 24, 2014, during the Iowa state high school track and field meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.(Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)Saturday was a beautiful day for breakthroughs.
It was two of the Warriors' signature moments as they pulled away from Linn Mar of Marion in the standings.
"I'm really strong around that curve," Gafford said. "Once I got around it and was in front, I just dropped my head and coasted through."
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