Prep Track: OHS Boys 4th, Girls 5th at Urbandale
By Jason Van Arkel, April 12, 2017
Fresh off strong performances in the Osky Relays, the Ottumwa girls and boys track teams competed against stronger competition Tuesday in the Gary Doubrava Invitational at Urbandale. The Bulldog boys finished fourth as a team behind Waukee, Johnston and Urbandale, while the OHS girls placed fifth behind Urbandale, Dowling, Indianola and Des Moines Roosevelt,
Ottumwa had three first-place finishes at the meet, all in the girls events. Kylie Latham easily pulled away to win the 3,000-meter race, finishing 28 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. The Bulldog girls also won a pair of relay events. Carolin Mellin, Grace Bookin-Nosbisch, Alli Bookin-Nosbisch and Kierra Bishop combined to win the 4×400-meter relay by a three-second margin. Mellin and the Bookin-Nosbisch twins also joined Abby Bowers for a more dominating win in the 4×800-meter relay, putting 16 seconds between them and second place.
The OHS girls also earned two second-place finishes. Kacy Nickerson placed second in the high jump, while A.J. Nelson, Elle Weilbrenner, Morgan Zesiger and Madi Wiley took second in the shuttle hurdle relay.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog boys found second place in four different events. Dalton Bowers just missed a victory in the 1,600-meter race, finishing runner-up by less than four-tenths of a second. Sam Yeaway continued his strong season by finishing second in the long jump. Ottumwa also ran strong in the relay events. OHS finished second in both the 4×400-meter relay and the distance medley relay.
The Bulldog boys also picked up third place in the sprint medley relay. Noah Boyer and Jonathon Bossou finished third and fourth respectively in the high jump, giving Ottumwa another strong performance in a field event. Austyn Casillas came in third in the 200-meter dash.
Both Ottumwa track teams return to action Thursday, but at different events. The Bulldog girls will compete in a meet at Indianola, while the OHS boys are headed to an invitational at Perry.