Handful of placewinners for MHS at Jim Duncan Invite

DES MOINES – Tad Steffensen tallied a fourth-place finish and four relays logged sixth-place finishes to highlight the Marshalltown track and field teams’ showing at the Jim Duncan Invitational on Saturday at Drake Stadium.

The Jim Duncan Invite features only high school teams from the Central Iowa Metropolitan League in addition to a collegiate meet featuring Drake, Northern Iowa and Iowa State among other small schools from the midwest.

Steffensen’s result in the 100-meter dash was the top finish of the day for the Bobcat boys, who had three placewinning performances. The Bobcat senior sprinted across the finish line in 11.41 seconds.

Marshalltown’s shuttle hurdle relay foursome of Paul Landherr, Kolby Keeler, Jordan Paone and Marco Tapia took sixth in 1:03.21, while the 4×100 quartet of Brandon Pettigrew, Dacoda Ewalt, Landherr and Steffensen scored seventh in 44.29.

Landherr added an 11th-place finish in the 110 high hurdles, while Keeler was 12th in the 400 lows. Off the track, Austin Butcher took 12th in the discus with a throw of 122 feet, 1 inch, and Zach Smith also was 12th in the shot put (41-4 3/4). Pedro Gomez came in 14th in the shot as well (40-11).

Three Bobcat girls’ relay teams notched sixth-place finishes. Chione Brooks, Karli McClure, Tabby Steffensen and Eisha Oden timed in at 52.33 in the 4×100 and 1:56.23 in the sprint medley; and the 4×200 team of Brooks, Jasmine Scott, Steffensen and Oden clocked in at 1:49.57.

The Bobcats’ 4×400 team (Oden, Scott, Rachel Blagg, Saryn Case) was ninth, as was Maddison Wignall in the discus (91-8). Blagg game in 10th in the 800 (2:23.45) and 11th in the 1,500 (5:09.59).

Both Marshalltown squads are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday. The Bobcat girls go to the Tiger Invitational at Cedar Falls, while the boys run in the Fred Smith Relays in Ankeny.