PLEASANT HILL - The saga that has been Marshalltown versus Ankeny added another chapter on Monday.
The Bobcat girls' golf team came in a close second to Ankeny for the team title at the Southeast Polk Invitational, 169-173, in a five-team field playing only the back nine holes at Toad Valley Golf Course because of soggy conditions.
Southeast Polk (191), Newton (206) and Oskaloosa (215) rounded out the team standings.
Having seen Ankeny in its last three meets, Marshalltown has now finished ahead of the defending Class 4A state champion Hawkettes once while trailing them twice consecutively.
Still, MHS head coach Linda Bloom was happy with the way Monday's invitational came out.
"The girls played really well. It was rainy and cold, really cold actually, and it misted the whole time, it was soggy and there was no roll," she said. "I'm proud of the way they played today, I'm proud of the way we are all playing so close to each other."
Ankeny's Andrea Beard and Beth Wagner claimed the medalist and runner-up honors with rounds of 39 and 40, respectively. The next three in the overall field were Bobcats.
Annie Dull led MHS with a round of 42, placing third overall, followed by Lora Collison in fourth with 43 and Lauren Mason fifth with a 44.
Emily Allison also shot 44 to round out the Marshalltown scoring. Staci Hillygus and Makyla Steddom provided solid support with their rounds of 45.
"And I think the girls will improve a lot," said Bloom, whose squad returns home to the American Legion Memorial Golf Course today to host West Des Moines Valley.
Marshalltown is 1-2 in head-to-head meetings with the Tigers so far this season, too. The CIML Iowa Conference dual opener for the Bobcats is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.