MOUNT PLEASANT — Alli Bookin-Nosbisch had had enough of what she deemed "a long winter."
The only remedy was the first outdoor meet of the season for the Ottumwa High School girls track team, and Bookin-Nosbisch didn't disappoint.
Bookin-Nosbisch was a part of three victories and picked up a fifth-place finish in the long jump during Thursday's unscored Mount Pleasant Coed Relays at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex. She passed three runners to lead the Bulldogs to a win in the distance medley, then overpowered the field on the anchor leg of the 4x400 in the final race of the night.
"It was just really good to get outside, but especially good to go against teams like Davenport Assumption and Mid-Prairie, teams that really helps us do well," Bookin-Nosbisch said. "Running the way we did in the 4x400 really gets us excited for the bigger meets coming up."
Once Bookin-Nosbisch and Carollin Mellin started quickly in the 800, everyone else was running for third. Bookin-Nosbisch ran the race in 2:18.23, about four seconds faster than Mellin, who survived a big push by the third- and fourth-place runners to hang on for the runner-up finish. Mellin won the 3,000-meter run with a last-lap pass.
"Our goal was to go 1-2 there," Bookin-Nosbisch said. "One of the problems we had last year was that we'd get boxed in, and we didn't want that to happen today."
Anne Guest cleared 5 feet in the high jump to finish second for the Bulldogs.
Fairfield received a third-place performance from Ashley Bloomquist in the 1,500, as she finished behind Mid-Prairie's Marie Hostetler and Mount Pleasant's Abby Ryon, two of the elite runners in the state.
The Trojans also received five fourth-place finishes, including the sprint medley, distance medley and 4x400 relays, Anna Dunlap in the 200 and Olivia Roberts in the shot put.
Fairfield's Landon Kooiker knew he could set a personal best in the high jump indoors. He proved he could duplicate it outside as well.
Kooiker cleared 6-4 in the high jump to finish second due to more misses than Mount Pleasant's Sam Beatty. The two are a pair of the best high-jumpers in Class 3A, and they showed it once again.
"I ran the 400 and sprint medley before I jumped, and for some reason I jump better after I've done those," Kooiker said. "I guess I just like the audience. Of course, you want the other guy to miss, but in track we're really all pulling for each other. Sam and I just push each other."
The Trojans 4x800 team of Mark Diers, Dalton Rippey, Alex Forrest and Dylan Harvey also finished second, running the race in 8:51.85, four seconds behind Mid-Prairie.
Ottumwa, which battled a few injuries and held some runners out of the meet, earned several top-five performances throughout the meet, but scored four top-three finishes to go along with a runner-up performance by Javon Martin in the 400.
The Bulldogs' shuttle hurdle relay, sprint medley, distance medley and 4x200 all were third, twice finishing behind champion Mid-Prairie in those events.
The Ottumwa boys run at Des Moines East Saturday.
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