Dowling Catholic's Jackson Heidesch to re-run 800 after hard contact led to fall at Iowa state track

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After contact that led to a hard fall from Dowling Catholic's Jackson Heidesch, the boys Class 4A 800-meter run is still technically not finished.

The event at the 2022 Iowa high school state track meet is currently under protest and results remain incomplete. As a result, the Iowa High School Athletic Association ruled that Heidesch will get a re-run of the race after all other events are completed. Iowa City High's Ammon Smith, whom meet officials deemed had interfered with Heidesch from behind and caused the fall, has been disqualified from the 800 and all remaining Saturday events.

Heidesch's re-run should begin around 4:30 p.m. With Dowling up near the top of the boys 4A team race, it's entirely possible the Maroons could clinch a state title on Heidesch's re-run.

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Trouble began shortly after the first turn as video evidence shows Heidesch and Smith running side-by-side on the inside lane. Heidesch made brief shoulder contact with Smith, who then returned significant contact that sent the Dowling runner tumbling. Heidesch then spilled across three lanes as the race went on.

Smith led for much of the race before finishing ninth. Sioux City North's Gabe Nash won the race in 1:53.14, but nothing becomes official until Heidesch finishes his re-run. Heidesch did get up and complete the race in 2:12.00.

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

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