Amenzou, two Bobcat relays clinch at-large berths

Imad Amenzou and the rest of the Marshalltown boys’ track and field team had to wait and see if they did enough to advance to the Iowa State High School Track and Field Championships next week.

The final spots were revealed Friday afternoon and Amenzou, in his first-ever track season, will represent the Bobcats in two individual events and he helped MHS qualify in two other relays as well.

Marco Tapia and Brady Arment already punched their tickets to the state meet Thursday after grabbing automatic qualifying spots in the long jump and the high jump, respectively.

Amenzou will compete in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run at the state meet at Drake Stadium, which begins Thursday morning. The Bobcat senior also anchored the distance medley and 4×400 relays to a state berth, too.

Amenzou finished the 1,600 in third place with a time of 4 minutes, 29.36 seconds. That time was good enough to qualify ninth overall in the Class 4A field, while his two-mile time of 9:54.91 is 11th overall.

The distance medley relay team that finished fourth Thursday also included John Espinoza, Aaron Hauser, Konner Kacmarynski and Amenzou and that unit qualified for the state meet 17th overall with a time of 3:41.35.

The 4×400 relay team ended up with the 20th best time out of 24 and that foursome of Espinoza, Hauser, Kacmarynski and Amenzou hit the line in 3:33.20.

Arment enters the state meet as an auto qualifier and will have the 10th best mark of the 24-person field. He advanced to the state meet with a second-place finish and a jump of 6 feet even.

Tapia had never hit 20 feet in the long jump before Thursday but advanced to the state meet with a leap of 20-0 3/4 at Leonard Cole Field. That was good enough for the 22nd best mark in the field.