OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa boys and girls track and field teams put on a Don Newell Classic brimming with adrenaline-soaked moments Tuesday on Senior Night.
The girls, who tested their mettle against a profusion of top quality teams, came in fourth with 93 points and the boys placed fifth with 75 points.
But, more importantly, the event gave Ottumwa fans a glimpse of the athletic exploits of the programs veteran and future stars.
For the girls, Charlette Flanders sprinted to a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute and 1.19 seconds.
The seniors' august performance was driven by one core motivation: setting an example for her teammates. And, like a spilled drink, she hopes this example will blend into the fabric of her team's collective personality.
"To show them [her team] it doesn't matter who you are running against," she said, "if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything."
Other girls highlights that were scattered throughout the event included Flanders, along with Ashlyn Thompson, Ellie Hammack and Alexis Nelson taking first in the 4x400 with a time of 4:17.19. In addition, Erin Sheehy blazed to a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with 27.31.
Sheehy disclosed the secrets to success in the race.
"You have to run the curve very hard," she said, "just focus on running the curve hard and gliding out the rest and not stopping."
Meanwhile, Thompson, who finished first in her heat, finished just behind Sheehy in second with 27.42.
Aside from that, Thompson, along with Ellie Hammack, who took second in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash at the Osky Relays last Saturday; Sarah Schulz and Erin Sheehy corralled second in the 4x200 with 1:48.80 and the 4x100 team of Thompson, Hammack, Schulz, and Sheehy nabbed second with 1:48.80.
Schulz also took second in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 8 3/4 inches and Jami Nickerson collared second in the high jump with a leap of 4-10.