NEWTON — The Ottumwa boys track team has the weekend to get healthy.

Then on Monday, the Bulldogs are going to take a crack at the CIML Metro title.

Ottumwa took a good look at its main competition Friday, as Des Moines Lincoln was in attendance at the Cardinal Relays at Newton. The Railsplitters won the meet while Ottumwa took third — although the Bulldogs kept several athletes rested.

The short-handed Ottumwa girls team finished in fourth place.

“This was a warm-up — sort of a preparation meet for our next two big meets,” said Ottumwa coach Jim Nickerson.

Nickerson and the Bulldogs have the advantage of hosting the meet Monday, as the Metro tilt will be on Bob Warren track in Ottumwa. The other big meet Nickerson refers to is the district meet, which will be Friday at Iowa City West.

“It will be a pretty good battle between us and Lincoln — and maybe Roosevelt,” said Nickerson, talking about Monday’s CIML showdown. “It’s not going to be easy by any means. Whoever wins it is going to earn it. But we’ve got a good team and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got. This is our chance.”

The Ottumwa boys came away with three first-place finishes at Newton on Friday, as Kevin Lewis won the 3200 in a time of 9:58.9, Clint Utter took the 200 dash in brisk 22.3, and Alex Kelly won the 400 in 49.9. Kelly’s 400 split as anchor of the third-place Bulldog 4x400 team was a blazing 47.3.

Utter also placed second in the 100 dash while Lewis placed second in the 800. Ottumwa’s 4x800 team of Tyler Cobler, Zach Messer, Nathan Jay and Jimmy Bates earned a second-place finish with a time of 9:33.2.

The Ottumwa girls were short-staffed due to illness and a dance recital, but many new faces stepped in to fill in.

“I was proud of our girls tonight,” said Ottumwa head coach Steve Green. “Especially how they experimented with several new races. That is a good example of a team.”

The girls placed fourth as a team, gaining 84 points. Dowling Catholic won the meet.

Ottumwa’s Sarah Ryan set a meet record in the long jump with a leap of 18-2. Ryan also made some noise on the oval, gaining second-place finishes in the 100 meter dash (12.56), the 200 meter dash (27.55), and the 100 hurdles (15.51).

“We were excited for her,” said Green. “She had some really good jumps and her last jump was really nice to see.”

Even though Ryan may have been the only Bulldog placing high, according to Green, it took everybody stepping up to get the job done.

“It was overall a good team performance tonight. Our hurdlers ran outstanding, and there was a lot of positives with this meet.”

Cardinal Relays

at Newton

5/8/09

BOYS

Team scores — 1. Des Moines Lincoln 126, 2. Ankeny 118, 3. Ottumwa 88, 4. Dowling Catholic 78, 5. Newton 57, 6. Des Moines East 54.

Ottumwa Results

Long jump — 6. Ben Kramer 18-5.5.

3,200 run — 1, Kevin Lewis 9:58.9.

100 dash — 2. Clint Utter 11-0.

4x800 — 2. Ottumwa 9:33.2 (Tyler Cobler, Zach Messer, Nathan Jay, Jimmy Bates).

200 dash — 1. Clint Utter 22.3.

1,600 run — 3. Jimmy Bates 5:01.6.

4x200 — 4. Ottumwa 1:34.4 (Brandon McCall, Nick Donlin, Spencer Hammack, Clint Utter).

400 dash — 1. Alex Kelly 49.9.

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 4. Ottumwa 1:09.5 (Alex Stevens, Nick Donlin, Todd Burke, Nathan Jay).

Distance Medley — 3. Ottumwa 4:04.0 (Spencer Hammack, Ben Kramer, Nathan Jay, Tyler Cobler).

800 run — 2, Kevin Lewis 2:07.1, 4. Jimmy Bates 2:08.7.

4x100 — 5. Ottumwa 47.3 (Brandon McCall, Nick Donlin, Victor Salcido, Ben Kramer.

4x400 — 3. Ottumwa 3:29.0 (Zach Messer, Clint Utter, Spencer Hammack, Alex Kelly).

Ottumwa JV Results

4x100 — 1. Ottumwa 46.1 (Andrew Thostenson, Adam VanFleet, Dion Johnson, Quinn Vesely).

4x400 — 2. Ottumwa 4:00.1 (Nathan Jay, Adam VanFleet, Alex Stevens, Tyler Baird)

GIRLS

Team scores — Dowling Catholic 137, Ankeny 123, Johnston 111, Ottumwa 84, Des Moines Roosevelt 55, Newton 48, Boone 26.

Ottumwa Results

Shot put — 3. Tara Gott 34-10; Shelby Johns 28-10; Ricki Ramos 28-1

Discus - Tara Gott 92-4; Mandi McAntire 87-7; Faith Schultz 75-8;

High jump — 4. Kelsey Nickerson 4-8; 5. Hanna Fredrickson 4-6

Long jump — 1. Sarah Ryan 18-2; Wensday Worth 13-5.5; Shelly Cruzen 12-5.5.

3,000 run — Briana Crockett 13:52.

100 hurdles — 2. Sarah Ryan 15.51; Kieonna Pope 18.03.

100 dash — 2. Sarah Ryan 12.56;

4x800 — 4. Ottumwa (Sarah Wilson, Lily Elbaum, Liz Rosales Heilmann, Presley Caldwell)

200 dash — 2. Sarah Ryan 27.55; Avery Roane 31.75;

1,500 run — 5. Lily Elbaum 5:52.04; Breeann Buseman 6:57.07

4x200 — 4. Ottumwa, 1:58.9 (Nicole Morrow, Hannah Fredrickson, Wenesday Worth, Kelsey Nickerson)

400 dash — Breeann Busman 72.33.

400 hurdles — 4. Kaitlin McElroy 71.48.

Sprint Medley — 4. 2:06 (Wenesday Worth, Erin Guler, Ashley Salgado, Kelsey Nickerson)

Shuttle Hurdle Relay — 5. 1:13.6 (Kaitlin McElroy, Kieonna Pope, Rachel Sorak, Erin Guler)

Distance Medley — 3. 4:30.85 (Nicole Morrow, Hannah Fredrickson, Ashley Salgado, Kaitlin McElroy)

800 run — Liz Rosales Heilmann 2:51.95.

4x100 — 3. 54.92 (Ashley Salgado, Wenesday Worth, Hannah Fredrickson, Nicole Morrow)

4x400 — 3. (Ashley Salgado, Kaitlin McElroy, Nicole Morrow, Kelsey Nickerson)

JV 4x100- 3. 58.07 (Rachel Sorak, Kieonna Pope, Erin Guler, Presley Caldwall) 5. 59.92 (Avery Roane, Shelly Cruzen, Faith Shultz, Breeann Buseman)

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