The Ottumwa Courier


April 6, 2012

Bulldog girls finish fourth at Southeast Polk

RUNNELLS — A field filled with fellow Class 4A teams greeted the Ottumwa girls track team Thursday at the Southeast Polk Invitational. The Bulldogs responded with several top-five finishes and another top-five team finish as Ottumwa scored 82 points to finish fourth in Runnells.

The Bulldog girls got their top performances in the long jump, where freshman Katy Fish finished third after a leap of 14-and-a-half feet. Ottumwa’s shuttle hurdle relay foursome of Kelsey Guyette, Chloe Davis, Tory Wolver and Kiera King also finished third with a time of 1:12.14.

“We performed better than we thought we would coming into the night,” Ottumwa head girls track coach Steve Green said Thursday. “We are a young team. Our girls again were not intimidated. They improved their times and improved in the field events. The young girls still have a lot of work to do, but they’ve already come a long way.”

The Bulldog girls also got fourth-place finishes in distance medley (4:45.08), 4x200 (1:55.85) and 4x100 (54.04) relays. The 4x800 relay team also grabbed a top-five finish with a run of 11:06.04 while senior Faith Schulz’s discus toss of 95-6 and junior Madison Zesiger’s 11:42.4 run in the 3,000 meters gave the Bulldogs two more fifth-place finishers.

“Overall, there was a lot of consistency,” Green said. “We tried some girls in some new events to see what would happen. This will give us an opportunity to evaluate and help us plan for the future.”

The immediate future for the Ottumwa girls track team is another week of action against Class 4A competition. The Bulldogs head to Johnston on Tuesday and will be at Indianola next Thursday.

“The competition will get stronger. We know we have to get better, mentally stronger and improve our technique,” Green said. “By competing against these strong teams, we’re going to get better and better.”

Southeast Polk Invitational

at Runnells, 4-5

Team scores — 1. Dowling Catholic 202, 2. Ankeny 162, 3. Southeast Polk 124, 4. Ottumwa 82, 5. Norwalk 72, 6. Southeast Polk JV 34, 7. Des Moines East 22, 8. Des Moines Hoover 18.


Shot put — 8. Reilly Mitchell (O) 30-08, 11. Bethany Knox (O) 28-02.

Discus — 5. Faith Schulz (O) 95-06, 9. Devin Leffler (O) 80-06.

High jump — 6. Hope Bittner (O) 4-06.

Long jump — 3. Katy Fish (O) 14-06, 11. Whitney Loyd 12-04.

3,000 run — 5. Madison Zesiger (O) 11:42.40, 6. Sydney Cloyd (O) 12:44.85.

100 hurdles — 7. Kelsey Guyette (O) 17,94, 11. Kiera King (O) 18.86.

100 dash —  8. Katie Sammons (O) 13.73; 9. Sarah Wilson (o) 13.86.

4x800 — 5. Ottumwa (Sarah Keith, Ashlyn Thompson, Claire Carlson, Jessie Lott) 11:06.04.

200 dash — 9. Katie Sammons (O) 28.51, 13. Anesha Beck (O) 31.20.

1,500 run — 7. Madison Zesiger (O) 5:29.06, 12. Kate McGinity (O) 6:06.53.

4x200 — 4. Ottumwa (Sarah Wilson, Katie Sammons, Sydney Fuller, Anesha Beck) 1:55.85.

400 dash — 6. Sydney Strunk (O) 1:02.97, 9. Katy Fish (O) 1:06.83.

400 hurdles — 6. Tory Wolver (O) 1:16.84. 8. Katy Fish (O) 1:19.76.

Sprint Medley — 6. Ottumwa (Sarah Thordarson, Kristi Cary, Whitney Loyd, Brittany Fish) 2:04.96.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 3. Ottumwa (Kelsey Guyette, Chloe Davis, Tory Wolver, Kiera King) 1:12.14.

Distance Medley — 4. Ottumwa (Sarah Thordarson, Kristi Cary, Charlette Flanders, Brittany Fish) 4:45.08.

800 run — 12. Claire Carlson (O) 2:47.31, 13. Sarah Keith (O) 2:47.60.

4x100 — 4. Ottumwa (Sarah Wilson, Katie Sammons, Sydney Fuller, Kiera King) 54.04.

4x400 — 6. Ottumwa (Katy Fish, Sydney Strunk, Charlette Flanders, Ashlyn Thompson) 4:28.83.

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