SPORTS SHORTS: Richardson leads Bobcats at Central

PELLA — The Marshalltown boys’ track and field team was once again led by senior thrower Maddux Richardson, who was first in the shot put at the 2017 Central College Boys’ High School Meet on Friday.

Richardson was first with a throw of 49 feet, 7 inches, beating out second-place Landon Green (Iowa City West) by three feet (46-7).

Nick Fisher also competed in the shot put, placing seventh with a throw of 41-7.

On the track, a pair of relay teams reeled in some top honors. The Bobcat 4×200-meter relay team of Noah Devenney, Braden Bethke, T.J. Snyder and Gabe Wyant placed fourth of 36 competing teams, with a time of 1 minute, 41.36 seconds. Des Moines Hoover won the event with a time of 1:35.98. ADM was third with a time of 1:41.34.

In the 4×800, Luke Pedersen, Sam Irwin, Bennett O’Hare and Brent Johnson, took sixth for the Bobcats in the relay race. They ran a 9:14.59, while Iowa City West was first in 8:39.20.

Pedersen himself was 12th of 83 different runners in the open 800, clocking a 2:16.31. Bethke ran the open 60, coming in 28th of 204 competitors in a time of 7.7 seconds.

Gardner paces MHS at Central Indoor

PELLA — Kierra Gardner had a successful Saturday afternoon for the Marshalltown girls’ track and field team at the Central College Girls’ High School Meet.

Gardner was 12th in the 400-meter dash, running a time of 1 minute, 7.70 seconds, while also finishing 21st in the 60 dash in a time of 8.71.

Tana Underhill and Mia Barajas went back to back in the 800, placing 28th and 29th respectively. Underhill was through in a time of 2:51.28, while Barajas punched a 2:51.56.

Malory Henze was 17th of 91 competitors in the shot put. She threw for 31 feet.

East Marshall was also on hand Saturday, led by Melinda Puumala’s 11th-place finish in the 3,000. Puumala was in at 13:04.25, the third-fastest Class 2A runner in the field. Wendy Liera was 17th in the same event, clocking a 13:42.19, while Carrington Curphy was 20th, in at 14:25.62.

Liera was 31st and Curphy was 36th in the 1,500 as well.

McKaylie Coleman was 25th in the 60 hurdles, coming through in 11.11 seconds. Coleman was also part of the 4×200 relay team that was 19th, through in a time of 2:05.02. The East Marshall 4×400 team was eighth, comprised of Puumala, Coleman, Madi Duncan and Shae Fettters.

MSA summer packets now available

The Marshalltown Softball Association announced the release of summer softball packets. Packets can be found at under the “handout” tab. Filled out packets can be mailed to P.O. Box 1574, Marshalltown, IA, 50158 or e-mailed to

There will be a registration day at the 6th Street diamonds on April 22 from noon to 3 p.m. Packets can be dropped off along with payments. Payments will also be accepted at GNB Bank. Notify the teller MSA dues are being paid.

Hawkeyes to host Colorado in WNIT

IOWA CITY — The Iowa women’s basketball team is ready to host Colorado in the Sweet Sixteen round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa (19-13) defeated South Dakota 78-73 Saturday, led by Megan Gustafson’s career-high 33 points and 15-for-16 shooting from the field. With 13 rebounds, she recorded her 17th double-double of the year.

Colorado (17-15) topped South Dakota State in overtime, 81-75 in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday.