The Ottumwa Courier


May 9, 2013

Ottumwa seniors finish strong at regionals

OTTUMWA — For senior Ottumwa track and field athletes Seth Griffiths, Logan McCarty and Henry DePaz, it was a good way to go out. All three Bulldogs performed in what was their final track meet Thursday at Class 4A Co-ed Regional track meet in Johnston.

McCarty posted personal records in the 400-meter hurdles and as leadoff of the Bulldogs 4x400 relay team. The senior Bulldogs zoomed to a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time in 58.65 and he ran his leg of the relay race in 53.09.

"Logan McCarty ran really well in the hurdles," Ottumwa boys track and field coach Jim Nickerson said.

Griffiths, who had finally returned to full health after battling an ankle injury for the crux of the season, finished eighth in the 100-meter dash — the top eight finishers scored points for their respective teams at the meet — with 11.68 and he took seventh in the 200-meter dash with 23.73.

"He [Griffiths] looked really good," Nickerson said, "back to his old self again."

Meanwhile, DePaz posted his fastest time in the 400-meter dash, placing 10th with 56.73.

"I'm going to miss those guys," Nickerson said about his senior athletes.

Some other highlights for the Bulldogs included freshman Isaiah Hutchison, who finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 3 inches.

"We were very pleased with Isaiah Hutchinson in the high jump, a freshman jumping 19-3," Nickerson said.

In addition, Cody McConnell ran to a seventh-place finish in the 1,600, as he finished the race in 4:49.44 and took seventh in the 800 meters with 2:11.20. Ottumwa finished in the top eight of every relay race, which included a fifth-place finish in the 4x800, where Kaleb Norris, along with Andy Belachew, Isaac Ramos, Connor Hansen finished the race in 9:14.12.

Even with the memorable swan songs by the Bulldog seniors and a slew of other solid efforts, Ottumwa only managed to finish seventh with 31 points. West Des Moines Valley claimed first-place honors with 155.2 points. Still, Nickerson was happy with the effort his guys exerted.

Text Only
  • Davis County boys edge Fairfield at Mustang Relays BLOOMFIELD — Although the Davis County boys track and field team successfully protected its home turf Tuesday at the Mustang Relays in Class AA action, it was far from easy. The Mustang boys squeaked by Fairfield by just a point, as they edged the Tr

    April 16, 2014

  • MSAE boys net win over Iowa City West JV IOWA CITY — The Fairfield Maharishi boys tennis team defeated the Iowa City West junior varsity on Tuesday, winning 7-2 at the ICW courts. Solaris Nite played an outstanding match against Cole Schneider, winning the No. 2 singles match 7-5, 6-3. Othe

    April 16, 2014

  • Albia girls beat out Centerville at Redette Golf Invite CENTERVILLE — The Albia Lady Dees captured the Redette Invite held Tuesday in Centerville by a margin of 45 shots over the host squad at the Manhattan Golf Club. Seven schools from the area competed on a day that was sunny but had very cool breezes w

    April 16, 2014

  • Fairfield beats out Centerville at Albia Invitational ALBIA — Several talented area boys golfers teed off in the Albia Invitational on Tuesday. In the end, it was a pair of area teams with hopes of being in the 3A State Tournament that battled for the title as Fairfield beat out Centerville and former s

    April 16, 2014

  • 0417 OTT Sports Ottumwa girls soccer photo Late goal lifts Chariton past Ottumwa OTTUMWA — The goal in soccer is to put the ball in the back of the net. Chariton’s Kourtney Nichols took it one step further on Tuesday night at Eric Wertheim Field. The Charger senior put the ball beyond the back of the net, so much so that it led t

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 OTT Sports IHCC softball photo Schieber stymies Iowa Western COUNCIL BLUFFS — Just a few weeks ago, Iowa Western humbled the Indian Hills softball team on its home field. The Reivers outscored the Warriors 15-1 over 12 innings in the first two regional games of the year for IHCC. Kendle Schieber made sure that

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 OTT Sports Don Newell Invite photo Home track meet festooned with great performances 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 9

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 OTT Sports Queyvn Winters photo -M IHCC's Winters signs with Washington OTTUMWA – It’s a long way from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to the University of Washington in Seattle. For Queyvn Winters, it’s a journey he’s happy to have taken, especially the detour that brought him for one spectacular season to Indian Hill

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • On Tap Thursday Girls Golf Ottumwa at Marshalltown Invitational, 10 a.m. Davis County and Keokuk at Fairfield, 3 p.m. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Oskaloosa, 4 p.m. Sigourney at Montezuma, 4 p.m. Pella Christian at North Mahaska, 4:15 p.m. Lynnville-Sully at Tri-

    April 16, 2014

  • 0416 OTT Sports Centerville track photo Panthers sweep Co-Ed Relays CENTERVILLE -- The Mount Pleasant Panthers boys' and girls' track program swept the team races at the Centerville Co-Ed Relays. The girls won with a team total of 215 while the boys took home a combined team score of 131, narrowly edging the Albia bo

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard
Sports photo reprints