Senior Janette Schraft, a seven-time Class 1-A track champion for East Mills, has open-enrolled at Glenwood and is a member of the school’s cross country team.
Schraft recently contacted Glenwood officials about enrolling. On Aug. 23, she was ruled eligible to compete this season by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Last Saturday, competing for the Class 3-A Rams, she won the individual girls title at the Glenwood Coed Invitational by more than 42 seconds.
In most transfer situations, an athlete is ineligible to compete on the varsity level for 90 consecutive school days. However, there are exceptions to the 90-day rule.
Jean Berger, the executive director of the IGHSAU, said her organization has been communicating with the schools on the Schraft situation. Berger said one of the exceptions to the 90-day rule was applied correctly, allowing her immediate eligibility. She declined to specify which exception was applied.
Schraft finished second in the 1-A team track competition last May by herself. She won the 800 and 1,500 meters along with the 400 hurdles and finished second in the 3,000.
She placed eighth in the 1-A cross country meet as a junior and 11th as a sophomore.
East Mills named Joe Wortman its boys and girls cross country coach Aug. 23. The boys and girls teams each have five athletes out for the sport, and they competed last Saturday at the Glenwood meet under Wortman.
On Aug. 22, 39-year-old Christopher Irvin, a teacher in the East Mills district and the school’s cross country coach last season, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. He has been placed on administrative leave.