MOUNT PLEASANT — The Ottumwa girls track and field girls team turned in an inspired performance on a rainy, cold Thursday at the Mount Pleasant Invitational.
The Bulldog girls, which competed against acclaimed track and field teams from Cedar Rapids and Davenport, posted a few second-place finishes along with a parade of third-place finishes.
Jami Nickerson corralled second in the high jump and Ashlyn Thompson, along with Ellie Hammack, Georgia Garrett and Charlette Flanders zipped to a second-place finish in the 4x400.
Thompson also zoomed to a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash and Charlette Flanders came in third in the 400-meter dash. Also, Hope Bitner collared third in the high jump. Aside from that, an array of girls’ groups took third in a number of relays including the sprint medley, the 4x800, the 4x200 and the 4x100.
“The weather was really cold and wet, but we were impressed by how this young team is preparing themselves for competition,” Ottumwa girls track and field coach Steve Green said. “We’re really proud of the juniors and seniors that are helping us lead this young team. We’re seeing a lot of good things happening. Our young freshman are really going out there and putting forth maximum effort every time they go out and wear the red and white for Ottumwa.”
Green singled out Thompson and Hammack for praise.
“Ashlyn is just doing an amazing job,” he said. She’s doing an amazing job as a mid-distance runner and also as a sprinter. She has a tenacious attitude like a wolverine. She prepares for each race with a sound mind.
“Ellie Hammack ran some solid times tonight. She just looked solid in all her races.”
Meanwhile, the boys track and field team’s performance was populated with a few highlights including Chris Peden taking second in the discus with a toss of 124 feet and Aaron Roane corralling fourth with 119 feet, 8 inches. Additionally, Cody McConnell, along with Jalen Strunk, Trevor Anfinson and Roger Cruz nabbed fourth in the 4x400 and Strunk took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with 65.01 seconds. Also, Dalton Bowers took fifth in the 3,200-meters.