SPORTS SHORTS: 3 Bobcat relays collect top-five finishes

PELLA – Senior Leah Barkema, junior Rachel Blagg and sophomore Jasmine Scott all played big roles in the Marshalltown girls’ track and field team placing three relays in the top five Saturday at the Central College Indoor Invite.

Blagg teamed up with Victoria Jones, Michaela Huey and Wynn Tann to finish fourth in the 4×800-meter relay and then Blagg also collected a fifth-place tally in the 4×400 relay as Barkema, Daesha Underhill and Scott hit the tape in 4 minutes, 29 seconds.

The final scoring foursome was Chione Brooks, Barkema, Underhill and Scott in the 4×200 relay and that unit hit the line in 1:57.23.

The 4×800 relay foursome’s fourth-place tally was clocked at 10:37.28.

“Overall, we had a good, competitive day,” said Marshalltown coach Chad Pietig. “It was nice to see some of the things we have worked on in practice come together.”

Other top performances for the Bobcats’ included Samantha Hughes’ 11th-place finish in the shot put. Her best mark was measured at 32 feet, 5 inches. Scott also was 18th in the 55 hurdles as she sprinted to the line in 9.6 seconds.

MHS scores with middle distances

PELLA – Making their mark in the middle-distance events, Imad Amenzou and Konner Kacmarynski contributed to a pair of runner-up relays for the Marshalltown boys’ track team at the Central College Indoor Invite Friday.

The duo joined Nathan Phillips and Anthony Fleck for a time of 8 minutes, 47 seconds in the 4×800-meter relay, before joining Aaron Hauser and John Espinoza for a second-place clocking of 3:39.26 in the 4×400.

Brady Arment surpassed the bar at 6 feet, 4 inches to claim third in the high jump, while the Bobcats’ 4×200 contingent of Jordan Banes, Espinoza, Hauser and Seth Heinrichs garnered fourth in 1:38.44.

Marco Tapia and Paone each qualified for the finals of the high hurdles but did not place.

Marshalltown opens its outdoor season with a home invite April 4 at 5 p.m.