By Courier sports staff
---- — 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.
"I just told them to go out and run the best they could and they did," Nickerson said. "I'm really proud of them."
Class 4A Regional Track Meet
Thursday, May 9
Team scores — 1. West Des Moines Valley 155.5, 2. Johnston 149, 3. Southeast Polk 120, 4. Indianola 107.5, 5. Newton 71, 6. Des Moines Hoover 38, 7. Ottumwa 31, 8. Des Moines North 13 .
Shot put — 12. Joey Lee 37-10.5, 13. Kevin Childs 35-5.5.
Discus — 11. Aaron Roane 117-2, 12. Chris Peden 116-06.
Long jump — 7. Isaiah Hutchison 19-3.
3,200 run — 11. Collin McConnell 12:24.94.
100 dash — 8. Seth Griffiths 11.68, 13. Logan McCarty 12.49.
4x800 — 5. Ottumwa (Kaleb Norris, Andy Belachew, Isaac Ramos, Connor Hansen) 9:14.12.
200 dash —7. Seth Griffiths 23.73, 14. Dylan Hedgecock 26.70.
1,600 run — 7. Cody McConnell 4:49.44, 13. Collin McConnell 5:24.95.
4x200 — 7. Ottumwa (Isaiah Hutchison, Dylan Hedgecock, Isaiah Cox, Titus Weller) 1:41.10.
400 dash — 10. Henry DePaz 56.73.
400 hurdles — 5. Logan McCarty 58.65, 10. Matt Moreland 65.20.
Medley — 7. Ottumwa (Titus Weller, I. Cox, H. DePaz, Kaleb Norris) 4:01.30.
Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 6. Ottumwa (M. Moreland, Jalen Strunk, Colton Playle, I. Hutchison) 1:09.32.
800 run — 7. Cody McConnell 2:11.20, 12. Billy Barnes 2:24.73.
4x100 — 5. Ottumwa (Griffiths, Isaiah Hutchison, Isaiah Cox, Titus Weller) 47.53.
4x400 — 6 . Ottumwa (Logan McCarty, Matt Moreland, Jalen Strunk, Cody McConnell) 3:44.46