GILBERT - The Ballard girls’ track team won three events and placed second in five more, and the Bomber boys earned one bronze medal and a fourth-place finish at the Lindsey Ellingson Coed Invitational April 2 in Gilbert.
The Ballard girls took first in the 4 X 800-meter and distance medley relays and also picked up a win in the 1,500. They scored 106 points to place third out of seven teams behind Gilbert (212 points) and Roland-Story (133).
“We made a lot of improvements in the meet tonight,” Ballard head girls’ track coach Scott Barth said. “There was some good competition, and we competed really well.”
Ellie Twedt, Brooke Loewe, Kate Huisinga and Josie Fleischmann formed Ballard’s winning 4 X 800 team. The Bomber team clocked in at 10 minutes, 48.90 seconds to beat Gilbert by 11 seconds for first.
“I’m really proud of these girls,” Twedt said. “This is a really great start to our season. I think we can just get better from here — I’m excited.”
Fleischmann credited her teammates for putting her in a comfortable position to close out the race with a commanding lead.
“I just knew we had to keep the lead because these girls worked their butts off to get it,” Fleischmann said. “I thought it was a good time.”
Newell, Olson, Natalie Maher and Caitlin Maher won the distance medley for Ballard in 4:41.28. The Bombers defeated Roland-Story by 15 seconds for the victory.
Caitlin Maher also won individual gold for Ballard. Maher completed the 1,500 in 5:21.00 to just edge out Gilbert’s Hannah Thatcher, who ran a 5:21.65.
Huisinga took third in the 1,500 with a 5:44.74 showing. Twedt placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:35.17 and Loewe was fifth in the event after clocking in at 2:42.55.
Hailey Cole also did well in an individual distance event, winning a bronze medal in the 3,000 with a time of 12:53.94.
The Bomber girls won silver in the sprint medley, shuttle hurdle, 4 X 200 and 4 X 400 relays.
Newell, Olson, Carley Wilson and Maya Ehresman completed the sprint medley in 2:03.67 to come in behind Gilbert’s time of 1:58.02. In the shuttle hurdle Taiylor Wright, Ali Buban, Alexis Kluender and Sarah Stolte ran a 1:13.86 to only trail Gilbert’s 1:12.49.
Wilson, Isabella Johnson, Buban and Kluender finished the 4 X 200 in 2:01.92. Gilbert won in 1:54.54.
In the 4 X 400 Natalie Maher, Ehresman, Wilson and Fleischmann clocked in at 4:35.27. Gilbert took first in 4:18.49.
The Ballard boys ended up in seventh place with 44.5 points. Roland-Story won the boys’ title with 172.5 points and Des Moines Christian was second with a score of 146.
Ashton Hermann won a bronze in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:02.70. Gilbert’s Drew Hawthorne won in :59.65 and Des Moines Christians Justin Groen was second in :59.72.
Sebastian Hammer, Colby Kadner, Erik Ledet and Jim Chism completed the distance medley in 4:11.24 to place fourth. Gilbert won in 3:58.03.
Chism, Jace Beall, Jonah Olson and Ashton Hermann placed fifth in the 4 X 800 at 9:19.31. South Hamilton won in 8:30.14.
Hermann tied for fifth individually in the high jump with a jump of five feet, four inches. Roland-Story’s Sam Diehl won after clearing 6-0.
Hermann also ran a sixth-place time of :57.93 in the open 400.
Ballard’s 4 X 100 team of Cael Estrem, Blake Stover, Colby Kadner and Blaine Hermann finished fifth in :50.46. The Bomber 4 X 200 team of Hammer, Estrem, Kadner and Stover took sixth in 1:50.08 and the sprint medley unit of Blaine Hermann, Estrem, Stover and Hammer also finished sixth with a 1:52.31 showing.
Blaine Hermann added a sixth-place effort of :12.09 in the 100 and he was seventh in the 200 with a time of :24.78. Chris Lee placed seventh in the 3,200 with an 11:34.23 showing and Ledet took seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:18.98.
The Bomber 4 X 400 team of Chism, Olson, Beall and Jack Chism also finished seventh in 4:08.44.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Gilbert 212, 2. Roland-Story 133, 3. Ballard 106, 4. South Hamilton 88, 5. Saydel 56 6. Perry 50, 7. Des Moines Christian 40.
Boys: 1. Roland-Story 172.5 points, 2. Des Moines Christian 146, 3. Gilbert 129, 4. South Hamilton 119.5, 5. Saydel 57, 6. Perry 54.5, 7. Ballard 44.5.