The Ottumwa Courier


May 11, 2013

Mustang girls running to state; Five Bulldog girls qualify in three events


Taylor will join EBF junior teammate Tasha Alexander in competing at state in three different events. The two will each run for the Rockets’ shuttle hurdle and sprint medley relay teams. Alexander, meanwhile, returned to state by winning the 400 hurdles in 1:06.9.

Davis County’s dominant night wasn’t just limited to the girls side of the field events. The Mustang boys also had a successful night that included their own one-two finish in the discus with senior Zeb Black edging sophomore Conner Davidson by an inch and a half, 139-8.5 to 139-7.

Davis County sent five athletes to state in four events. Wyatt Garmon taking the shot put title and Andrew Cowles winning the 110 high hurdles.

The Albia boys also qualified for four different relay races, winning the 4x800, 4x200, 4x100 and 4x400. Sophomore brothers Ryan and Luke Sarver were a part of all four qualifying teams for the Blue Demons.

Class 3A, the only class in the state to announce its official list of qualifiers, will see quality local South Central representation from Centerville senior Payton Busch, who qualified with the fourth-best time in the boys 400 and top time in the 800-meter run. Ben Grothe also qualified for the Big Reds in the 1600 meters, Kolton Gonnerman advanced to compete in the long jump, Michael Firkins advanced to the discus, and the Big Reds qualified to run in the 4x200, 4x400 and distance medley relays.

Fairfield’s Jonny Swanson advanced to state in the boys 110 and 400 hurdles. Daniel Schwartz qualified for the high jump while the Trojans also qualified for the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

Skylar DeJong advanced in the 3200 run, Drew Richmond made it in the long jump and Brandon Strasser qualified for the discus for Oskaloosa. The Indians will also run a team in the 4x100 and 4x200 relay while the Indians will join the Big Reds and Trojans in competing in the boys 3A shuttle hurdle relay.

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