Vawter’s golds lead Comets in opener

CONRAD – BCLUW’s Mallory Vawter won three individual events prior to plummeting temperatures forcing a premature ending of the Comet Early Bird on Monday.

Vawter won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 2 3/4 inches, and also claimed first place in the 100-meter dash (13.13 seconds) and the 100 hurdles (16.56). The Comets also took second in the shuttle hurdle relay and the 4×200 relay to round out their top-three finishes in the first meet of the spring season.

Sarah Boomgarden of South Hardin held off GMG’s Caitlin Appelgate for first place in the high jump, going over 5-2 to Appelgate’s 5 feet. Boomgarden also took second to Vawter in the 100.

West Marshall’s Jennifer Davis took the top spot in the shot put with a heave of 40-7 and she also came in second in the discus (90-7 3/4).

North Tama’s Abi Watson was a comfortable winner in the 3,000, clocking 11:38 to outdistance South Hardin’s Claire Damon. The Redhawks also won the distance medley ahead of the Tigers, while East Marshall came in third.

The Mustangs finished atop the field in the 4×800, while Grundy Center’s Hannah Stumberg won the 400 (1:07.68).

On the boys’ side, Gladbrook-Reinbeck led the area teams on the scoreboard with a pair of event wins prior to the suspension of the meet. Zach Pierce paced the field in the shot put (47-10), while the Rebels were victorious in the 4×200 as well.

Host BCLUW had a pair of first-place finishes as well, with Cole Silver holding off familiar competition in the 3,200 (10:24.7). East Marshall’s Nick Meling was second and Omar Martinez of North Tama placed third.

The Comets’ Will Garber garnered gold in the 110-meter high hurdles (15:89) in the final event to be completed.

GMG’s Bryce Newcomb won the 400 in 54.67 and took third in the long jump (19-6 3/4). Brock Fisher finished second for the Wolverines in the high jump (6-4).

East Marshall’s lone victory was in the 4×800, while Grundy Center’s top finish came from Brock Rohler with a toss of 132-1 in the discus. South Hardin’s Glendon Mesch was third (129-7 1/2).