Bobcats chart handful of placewinning finishes

DES MOINES – As one of five high jumpers to clear the bar at 6 feet, Marshalltown’s Brady Arment was awarded second place to lead the performances of the Bobcat track and field teams Saturday at the Jim Duncan Invitational at Drake Stadium.

Not far behind was Imad Amenzou, who registered a third-place finish with a season-best clocking of 9 minutes, 48.03 seconds in the 3,200-meter run.

Marco Tapia’s sixth-place performance in the 400 hurdles, a season-best time of 58.41, rounded out the Bobcat boys’ top-six results.

Jordan Banes, Luke Severson, Aaron Hauser and John Espinoza picked up ninth place for their best clocking of the spring in the 4×200, finishing in 1:35.64. The 4×100 quartet of Banes, Espinoza, Severson and Seth Heinrichs also charted their best time yet, finishing 10th in 46.4.

The MHS girls were led by the sprint medley relay team’s sixth-place result, as Chione Brooks, Tabby Steffensen, Cassidy Blackford and Rachel Blagg banked a season-best time of 1:56.02.

Blagg also took eighth in the 800, while Steffensen finished 16th in the 100.

Both Bobcat squads are back in action on Tuesday. The MHS girls go to Cedar Falls, while the boys visit the Fred Smith Invite at Ankeny. Marshalltown is scheduled to compete in a co-ed meet Thursday in Newton.