INDIANOLA — Baxter seniors Will Clapper, Ian Thomson and Lauren Ratliff and junior Amber Weltha led the Bolts’ track and field teams at the annual PCM Coed High School Invitational on April 2.
The meet was moved to Simpson College because of poor track conditions at PCM.
PCM’s boys were the runner-up with 90 points. Class 4A Indianola won the meet with 153 points. The Mustangs were easily in front of North Polk (64.5) and Bondurant-Farrar (58) and 1A Baxter finished fifth in the eight-team field with 37 points.
PCM’s girls scored 69 points to win its first team title of the season. North Polk was second with 67 and Montezuma finished with 62 in third. Baxter also was in the seven-team field and placed sixth with 22 points.
Clapper got the Bolts’ lone win on the day as he won the shot put and finished second in the discus. Thomson also placed second in the 3,200-meter run.
Baxter’s best finish in the girls’ division were two runner-up tallies by Ratliff in the 3,000 and Weltha in the shot put.
Clapper won the shot put with a toss of 50 feet, 9 inches. His throw of 135-7 1/4 in the discus placed him second.
Baxter’s Thomson was the runner-up in the 3,200 with a time of 10 minutes, 51.22 seconds. Logan Berg was third in the 800 (2:07.79).
The Bolts’ 4x800 relay team also was third. The foursome of Rory Heer, Cole Damman, Josh Bruntz and Berg finished in 9:03.72.
Baxter’s Ratliff was second in the 3,000 with a time of 12:02.52. Rachel Kenney finished third in the 100 (14.16).
Weltha’s runner-up throw in the shot put was marked at 33-4 1/2. Kaylin Van Ryswyk was third in the discus (105-0 1/2).
Baxter hosted a coed meet on April 8. They compete in a coed meet hosted by Colo-NESCO at 5 p.m. on April 12 in Nevada.