HUXLEY - Ballard turned in its most impressive performance of the season on its home turf and Collins-Maxwell won four events at the Ballard Invitational girls’ track meet Friday in Huxley.


Ballard won four events and placed five times, scoring 135 points to place second out of six teams in Class A behind Gilbert’s 196 points.


“We were almost at full strength tonight, which helped up move up in the team standings,” Ballard head girls’ track coach Scott Barth said. “We tried to stack (events). Although we didn’t have as many season bests and PR’s as I had hoped for, we ran well and competed really hard.”


Ellie Twedt won the 3,000-meter run and took second in the 800, and Caitlin Maher was first in the 1,500 for Ballard. Rachel Newell won the 100 and she and Maher also helped Ballard pick up gold in the distance medley relay.


Twedt completed the 3,000 in 11 minutes, 15.43 seconds and the 800 in 2:37.52. Josie Fleischmann was third in the 800 for the Bombers with a 2:38.20 showing.


Maher ran a 5:14.78 in the 1,500 and teammate Kate Huisinga placed fifth in 5:33.37. Newell crossed the finish line of the 100 in :13.17.


Maher and Newell were joined by Rori Olson and Natalie Maher in winning the distance medley in 4:36.49. Fleischmann, Maya Ehresman, Huisinga and Hailey Cole earned silver in the 4 X 800 with a 10:37.39 showing.


Ehresman was also runner-up in the open 400 after clocking in at 1:06.97. Sarah Stolte and Taiylor Wright came in second and third in the 100 hurdles with respective times of :16.99 and :17.49.


Natalie Maher, Ehresman, Carley Wilson and Isabella Johnson earned a bronze medal in the 4 X 400 with a 4:35.59 effort. Natalie Maher was third in the 200 with a :28.34 showing.


Ballard added bronze medals in the sprint medley, shuttle hurdle and 4 X 200 relays.


Ellis Giles, Newell, Olson and Wilson ran the sprint medley in 2:01.50 and Wright, Alexis Kluender, Ali Buban and Stolte completed the shuttle hurdle in 1:12.29. Giles, Wilson, Olson and Johnson clocked in at 1:58.60 in the 4 X 200.


Alison Van Ersvelde placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 90 feet, three inches and fifth in the shot put with a throw of 29-3. Cassidy Thompson was fifth in the high jump after jumping 4-6, Sydney Liedtke took fifth in the long jump with an 11-7.5 effort and Morgan Johnson came in sixth in the shot with a throw of 27-11.5.


In Class B, Collins-Maxwell came up with 88 points to place fourth. Iowa Falls-Alden won the Class B team championship with 132 points, South Hamilton was second with 123 and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows scored 98 points to place third out of six teams.


Collins-Maxwell performed well, despite resting girls to prepare for a busy upcoming stretch to close out the regular season.


“We have less than a week until our conference meet next Thursday and we have girls running at this meet, at Drake and then another meet on Monday,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. “I put the reins on some of our girls and we are trying to keep them fresh and hungry for our conference meet.”


Gracie Cheville won the long jump and Mikayla Houge the 3,000, and Collins-Maxwell also picked up wins in the 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relays.


Cheville peaked with a jump of 14-8 and Houge ran a time of 13:05.46. Houge also took second in both the 800 and 1,500 with respective times of 2:45.05 and 5:59.34.


Avery Fricke, Alexis Houge, Trinity Stover and Jane’e Jones ran both winning relays for the Spartans. They finished the 4 X 100 in :51.85 and the 4 X 200 in 1:52.35.


Olivia Pasquariello took third in the 3,000 with a 13:49.53 showing and Janelle Newton, Karley Ruiz-Genovese, Carrie Baldwin and Leah Davis earned bronze in the 4 X 800 for Collins-Maxwell with a time of 12:12.26. Shasta Moody came in fourth in the 100 hurdles at :18.10 and fifth in the long jump with a 13-8.5 effort.


Moody joined up with Reagan Franzen, Josie Wierson and Emma Kahler to take fourth in the sprint medley with a time of 2:04.56. Franzen, Baldwin, Ruiz-Genovese and Pasquariello gave Collins-Maxwell a fourth-place time of 5:14.00 in the distance medley.


Cheville delivered a fifth-place time of :18.19 in the 100 hurdles and she took sixth in the 100 with a :14.14 showing. Wierson placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:54.30, Newton was sixth in the 1,500 after finishing in 6:42.22 and Franzen, Ruiz-Genovese, Pasquariello and Davis added a sixth-place time of 4:59.29 in the 4 X 400.


Final team scores


Class A: 1. Gilbert 196, 2. Ballard 135, 3. North Polk 117, 4. Des Moines Lincoln 76, 5. Perry 28, 6. South Tama 20.


Class: B: 1. Iowa Falls-Alden 132, 2. South Hamilton 123, 3. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 98, 4. Collins-Maxwell 88, 5. Southeast Valley 79, 6. Ogden 65.