TRACK & FIELD: Bobcat boys go for gold in Newton

NEWTON – Claiming six event victories, the Marshalltown boys’ track team captured the title with 134 points at the Newton Cardinal Invitational Thursday.

Marco Tapia took the 400 hurdles in 58.21 seconds and Brady Arment topped the high jump in 6 feet. The Bobcats got relay wins from the 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and sprint medley.

Kyler Ladehoff, Luke Severson, Aaron Hauser and Michael Schrempf took the 4×200 (1:36.64), while John Espinoza, Konner Kacmarynski, Severson and Hauser won the 4×400 (3:33.72). Sam Johnson, Kacmarynski, Nate Phillips and Imad Amenzou grabbed gold in the 4×800 (8:33.20) and Schrempf, Hauser, Kacmarynski and Amenzou followed suit in the 1,600-meter medley (3:40.83).

MHS added silver with Jordan Paone, Arment, Severson and Schrempf in the 4×100 (46.18). Espinoza took second in the 100 (11.74) and 400 (53.53), while Phillips (2:08.13) and Trevor Dolezal (118-02) were runner-up in the 800 and discus, respectively.

Oskaloosa was second in the five-team meet with 121 points, while Newton took third (93).

Next up for the Bobcats is the Drake Relays April 24-26 in Des Moines.

MHS girls 8th in Newton

NEWTON – Getting season-best times from nearly all its relays, the Marshalltown girls’ track team claimed eighth at the Newton Cardinal Invitational Thursday.

Michaela Huey led the ‘Cats with a career-best time of 5 minutes, 25.78 seconds in the 1,500-meter run and a season-best split of 2:32 on the third-place 4×800. Huey joined Victoria Jones, Wynn Tann and Jonna Shumate in 10:42.92.

Chione Brooks, Tabby Steffensen, Karli McClure and Cassidy Blackford took bronze in the 4×100 (52.83), while MHS claimed fourth in the 4×200, 4×400 and sprint medley. Brooks had season-best races leading off the 4×100, 4×200 and sprint medley.

The 4×200 foursome featured Brooks, Steffensen, Jasmine Scott and Rachel Blagg (1:51.85), the 4×400 unit included Blagg, Scott, Jones and Sabrina Daugherty (4:17.10).

Brooks, Steffensen, Scott and Blagg joined on the sprint medley (1:55.18).

Pella topped the 12-team field with 136 points, Cedar Rapids Prairie took second (122) and Oskaloosa was third (109.5). The Bobcats tallied 36 points overall.

The Bobcats host a 6-team invite Monday at 4:30 p.m.

South Tama edges rest of area teams at Pirate Relays

HUDSON – Seventeen boys’ track and field teams made their way to Hudson on Thursday night. And aside from host Hudson, the competition was very tight throughout the night.

The Pirates took home titles in three individual races and also claimed victories in three relays to win the meet with 90 points, but the nine teams that made up the rest of the top 10 were separated by just 25 points.

South Tama County was the best of the area squads as the Trojans got a win in the 3,200 by Blake Keller and two other individuals took home silver medals to help STC claim second with 67 points.

South Hardin and AGWSR tied for third with 62 points, while East Marshall (54) was sixth, Gladbrook-Reinbeck (45) took seventh, West Marshall (44) was eighth, BCLUW (42.50) ended up ninth and GMG (42) finished 10th. Grundy Center also competed and placed 12th with 28 points, while North Tama was 14th with 18 points.

Keller won the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 24.94 seconds and also grabbed a sixth-place finish in the mile. Tyler Blocker finished second in the 100-meter dash in 11.62 and Peyton Rutledge was second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. The Trojans also claimed fourth in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

South Hardin’s second-place finish was backed by Tim Rose’s win in the 1,600 as he crossed the line in 4:41.62. The distance medley relay team also brought home the gold medal with a time of 3:52.78 and the shuttle hurdle relay squad was third.

Glendon Mesch ended up fourth in the discus with a toss of 119-4 and Sam Shindelar placed fourth in the high jump and was among a host of jumpers to clear 5-6.

Austin Heitland and Clay Meinders were a big part of the Cougars’ second-place finish.

Meinders, who will likely take part in the 2014 Drake Relays, got another win in the shot put with a winning toss of 51-1, while Michael Young ended up third with a throw of 45-1.

Heitland competed in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 and was a top-two finisher in three of the four. He won the gold in the 100 with a time of 11.54 and his second-place times in the 200 and 400 were 23.54 and 52.72, respectively. Evan Janssen also placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5-6.

East Marshall’s best finish came in the 4×800 relay, but senior Ben Terrones was second in the 800 (2:11.79) and third in the 1,600 (4:53.46). The distance medley relay also took third with a time of 3:58.85.

The Rebels did not record a win on the night but Zach Pierce claimed the silver medal in the shot put, hitting 45-2, and Wyatt Swanson and Eric Stoakes were both third in individual events as well.

Swanson hit the line in 2:12.50 in the 800 and Stoakes finished the 400 hurdles in 59.56. Tyler Bovy was fourth in the 3,200 and the 4×800 also took third.

West Marshall stacked its sprint relays and came away with a win in the 4×400 and runner-up finishes behind Hudson in the 4×100 and 4×200.

Duncan Ferch and Elijah Streeter also were third in the 100 and 200, respectively, while Nick Juel was fourth in the long jump. Juel hit 19-8 on his leap. Ferch hit the line in 11.72 in his 100 and Streeter was timed at 23.84 in the 200.

The Comets’ best finisher was Will Garber in the 100 hurdles. Garber won the event in 15.68, edging out Grundy Center’s Jordan Stoner by .02 seconds. Luke Asche also was second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.34.

Taylor Sams was fourth in the 400, Derek Coulter was fourth in the 1,600 and the shuttle hurdle relay team was second.

GMG got a trio of wins from two different athletes. Bryce Newcomb continued to shine in the long jump as his winning leap, which should be good enough for the Drake Relays, was marked at 20-5. Newcomb also won the 400 with a time of 52.48. The other win came from Brock Fisher, who earned a victory in the high jump with his leap of 6-0.

Grundy Center had two second-place finishes. Stoner was second in the 100 hurdles and Brock Rohler also earned the silver medal in the discus with a toss of 134-11.

North Tama’s night was highlighted by Omar Martinez, who was first in the 800 with a time of 2:10.96 and second in the 1,600 in 4:52.13.