The Ottumwa Courier


April 25, 2014

Albia, Davis Co. athletes shine at Drake Relays

DES MOINES — Ottumwa’s Sarah Schulz, Ellie Hammack, Sarah Thordarson and Erin Sheehy recorded a season-best time of 51.77 seconds at the Drake Relays Friday in the 4x100 relays.

Despite the great effort, the girls finished 49th out of 80 teams in the preliminaries.

“The four of them came here prepared to compete to the best of their ability and walked out with their season-best time,” Ottumwa girls track coach Steve Green said.

The fact the girls accomplished this feat while Thordarson is battling a leg injury makes it all the more impressive.

Sheehy said she was nervous before the meet, but then she began to look at the meet in a different light that helped ease her tension.

“This is just another good opportunity to show everyone what I can accomplish and what I can do,” she said about her mindset before the run.

Davis County field event prodigy Kate Birchmier took third place in the discus throw with a toss of 135 feet, 5 inches. Birchmier turned in this majestic performance one day removed from taking third in the shot put.

“Kate had a much better performance in the shot put and the discus when compared to last season,” Davis County girls coach Josh Husted said. “In the shot, she was very close to the overall champion in distance … and set our new school record. In the discus, she threw very well and was really consistent around that 135 [foot]’ mark. This was great to see.”

In addition, Albia’s Ryan Sarver, along with Brett Leshen, Luke Sarver and Alex Schultz corralled fifth place in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1 minute, 29.52 seconds and Davis County’s Hayleigh Sharp finished 12th in the long jump with a vault of 16 feet, 4.5 inches.

“Hayleigh was only able to get her first jump in,” Husted said. “It was good enough to land her in 12th place, which was only 3 inches away from finals.”

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