The Ottumwa girls track team also know that five athletes will compete in three different events for sure in the Class 4A portion of the State Track and Field meet next week at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The Bulldogs got wins in three events Thursday night in Johnston with Sarah Schulz joining in on a personal-best time of 1:49.26 for the 4x200 relay team after winning the long jump with a personal-best leap of 16-4.25.
“Sarah had a monstrous night,” Ottumwa head girls track coach Steve Green said. “I told our 4x200 team going that if you come with the right mindset and you believe it, you will come out of here as regional champions.”
Schulz joins Sarah Thordarson, Ellie Hammack and freshman Erin Sheehy in winning the 4x200 race on Thursday. Hope Bitner joined Schulz in picking up a second win in the field for Ottumwa by taking the high jump title with jump of 4-10 to qualify for state.
“Erin just had an amazing night. It’s unbelievable that she was able to anchor the 4x200 for us,” Green said. “Our jumpers did a really good job as well. They really came to compete.”
Like 2A, Ottumwa in Class 4A must await final regional meets to be finished on Friday for the final state qualifying list to be announced by the state over the weekend.
Birchmier and Shuey weren’t the only Mustang teammates to finish one-two on the night. Junior Ally McClure, who automatically qualified for three events on Thursday, finished off her night in grand style by joining sophomore teammate Addie McKee in punching their tickets to run in the girls 800 meters Thursday.
McClure will also run in both automatic qualifying Davis County relay teams, the distance medley and victorious 4x800 team. The Mustangs also got a win in the 100 hurdles from senior Kassidy Sharp, who beat out Eddyville-Blakesburg/Fremont freshman Karlie Taylor in a time of 15.95 seconds.