Bobcat tracksters struggle in CIC meet

WAUKEE – The Marshalltown boys’ and girls’ track and field teams found out first hand just how tough the Central Iowa Conference is this season.

Neither Bobcat team had a finish better than third and both squads finished in last in the 11-team field.

Host Waukee swept the night as the girls scored 180 points and bested the next best team by 82.5 points and the Warrior boys scored 150 and finished a few laps ahead of second-place Johnston (102).

The top finisher on the day for the Bobcat girls was Eisha Oden, who grabbed a third-place tally in the 200-meter dash with a lifetime best time of 25.99 seconds.

Maddison Wignall also had a lifetime best throw in the discus as she was marked at 102 feet, 5 inches, which was good enough for fifth.

The other two top-five finishes for the girls came in relays. The 4×200 team of Chione Brooks, Cassidy Blackford, Tabby Steffensen and Oden took fifth with a time of 1:50.83 and the 4×400 foursome of Rachel Blagg, Jasmine Scott, Steffensen and Oden also took fifth as they hit the line in 4:10.40.

Pedro Gomez was the top finish on the boy’s side as he grabbed a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 47-9 1/2.

Dacoda Ewalt and Daniel Talbert both took home 10th place finishes as well. Ewalt was 10th in the high jump with a best mark of 5-8 and Talbert was 10th in the 800 with a time of 2:08.27.

On the girl’s side, Dowling Catholic was second behind Waukee with 97.5 points, while Urbandale was third with 96. Ankeny (91) and West Des Moines Valley (81) rounded out the top five. Marshalltown finished with 18 points and trailed Fort Dodge by one for 10th place.

Johnston finished 48 points behind champion Waukee on the boy’s side, while Valley (93), Dowling Catholic (81.5) and Ankeny (66) rounded out the top five. Marshalltown scored seven points on the day.

The Bobcats will next compete at the district and regional meets at Linn-Mar High School in Marion at 4 p.m. Thursday.