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Track Starter Gun Perfect

Thursday’s Prep Track and Field Highlights

By Jason Van Arkel, April 13, 2018

With possibly the best weather they’ll compete in all spring, many of the area’s prep track and field teams ran in meets across Iowa on Thursday. Below are some of the high points for area athletes, sorted by meet.


The Ottumwa boys track team claimed its first outdoor title of the spring, capturing the BlueJay Relays by winning ten events. Austyn Casillas won the 200-meter dash, Jarrett Blunt took the 110-meter hurdles, Dante Salomon captured the 800 meters, Connor Riley won the 1,600 meters and Adrian Dubon ran took the 3,200 meters. The Bulldogs also won the 4×100, 4×200, 4×800, shuttle hurdle and distance medley relays.


The Ottumwa girls track team earned a fourth-place finish at the Ron Werling Relays. Alli Bookin-Nosbisch was the only event winner for OHS, capturing the 400-meter dash with twin sister Grace Bookin-Nosbisch right behind in second place.


Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont finished tenth in this home meet, with Fairfield capturing fourth place and Sigourney running seventh. The Trojans got wins from Ashley Bloomquist in both the 1,500 meters and 3,200 meters, as well as a first-place finish from Julia Fritz in the discus. Sigourney’s Autum Barthelman won the 100-meter hurdles, and the Savages also won the shuttle hurdle relay. EBF did get one event win, as Kathryn Gutch captured the shot put title.


The posted results are a bit confusing to read, but the Pekin boys ended up winning the Class B (smaller schools) portion of the Denny White Relays, and had the second-most points overall. In terms of total points for all teams, Cardinal was 11th, Centerville 15th, Fairfield 20th and Van Buren 24th. Pekin won seven events, with Monico Requena taking the 100-meter dash, Chandler Eckley winning the 800 meters, Colten Glosser grabbing the 1,600 meters and Brady Millikin capturing the 3,200 meters. Runners from both Class A and Class B appear to have been mixed together in the heats; Requena and Eckley both won with times that would have won both classes. Pekin also won the Class B 4×200, 4×400 and shuttle hurdle relays. For Cardinal, Trey Albert picked up Class B wins in both the 400-meter hurdles and the long jump.


The Oskaloosa girls had a strong third-place finish at the Mustang Relays. Emma Kelderman, the reigning Kiss FM Athlete of the Week, won the 400-meter hurdles and took second in the high jump. Kelderman also anchored the Indians’ winning sprint medley relay team, and ran on the distance medley relay team that finished second.

In addition, the Oskaloosa boys ran 11th at the Saydel Eagles Boys Invite, and Moravia girls ran 13th at Central Decatur’s Guy Clark Relays.