The Ottumwa Courier


May 18, 2013

Centerville defends distance medley title; Schwartz savors high jump crown


The Mustang girls stayed right in the thick of the race for their first girls state team title since 1995 after entering the day with the lead in Class 2A. Kassidy Sharp tied for seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet to pull Davis County within a quarter of a point of Hudson for the lead going today’s finals and qualified for the 100 hurdles with the fourth-fastest time at 16.11 seconds.

Equalling Birchmier in the discus in Class 1A was Katelynn Tracy, who finished fifth Friday morning for Moravia to polish off her field event career for the Mohawks with a toss of 112-5. Oskaloosa got points from both long jump qualifiers as sophomore Taylor Richardson finished fourth for the girls with a leap of 16-9 while senior Drew Richmond’s leap of 20-11 was good for sixth on the boys’ side.

The Indian girls and Pekin boys each got eighth-place runs in the distance medley races. The Panthers also picked up a point for finishing eighth in the 1A boys 4x200.

Ottumwa saw their run in the Class 4A girls track and field meet end on Friday with three more events, including runs from the two Bulldog relay qualifying teams. Ottumwa finished 18th in the 4x200 relay in a time of 1:49.05 but did not get a chance to qualify for today’s final 4x400 relay race as the Bulldogs had a false start in the prelims called on junior Charlette Flanders for moving in the blocks, causing a disqualification that brought an end to the career of senior Sydney Strunk, who finished 19th Thursday in the 400 dash.

Sarah Schultz, who ran in the 4x200 along with Ellie Hammack, Sarah Thordarson and 200 state qualifier Erin Sheehy, also finished 18th for the Bulldogs in the 4A girls long jump. The OHS junior finished her season with a leap of 15-6 in her state track and field debut.

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