The Ottumwa High girls track team had a very successful state qualifying meet on Thursday. The Bulldogs qualified for the state track meet in four events, and that number could grow later today once results from across the state are compiled.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for state, and OHS got off to a good start in the field events. Junior Hope Bittner took second in the high jump, and senior Sarah Schulz earned second place in the long jump. On the track, senior Charlette Flanders finished second in the 400 meters to qualify. Finally, the 4×200 team of Ashlynn Thompson, Ellie Hammack, Schulz and Erin Sheehy qualified for state with a second-place finish.
Those finishing outside the top two can still qualify for state if their result is one of the 12 best among all the 4A qualifying meets outside of top-two finishers, and OHS hopes for good news for Jami Nickerson, who finished third in the high jump, just a fraction behind Bittner. The Bulldog 4×100 and 4×400 relays teams posted times that might be good enough to qualify for state. Hammack and Sheehy finished third and fourth in the 200-meter dash, and they’re also hoping their times are good enough.
As a team, Ottumwa finished the meet in fifth place.