Anamosa hosted eight girls teams at their Early Bird Coed Invitational, April 13, and the Beckman girls came in sixth with 61.5 points.

Clear Creek-Amana claimed the top spot with 131, a skinny point ahead of Tipton. Third went to Marion 115, followed by Anamosa 92, Monticello 86, BHS, Springville and West Branch 51.

Pacing the Blazers were seconds from Kiersten Schmitt in high jump (4-10) and Addie Koelker in the 400-meter hurdles (1:16.07).

Maria Kruse ran to third in the 1,500 (5:30.66), as did the 400 shuttle hurdle team of Nell McDermott, Schmitt, Abby Knepper and Koelker (1:12.82).

Schmitt added a fourth in the 100-hurdles (17.44) with Knepper coming in eighth (19.14).

Fifths went to Valery Meyer in the 200 (30.63, just ahead of McKenna Milbert in sixth (340.65), and the sprint med team of Knepper, Meyer, Sophia Gesitkemper and Kruse (2:06.56).

Izzy Lutgen took sixth in high jump at 4-4. Kruse jumped 14-1.5 in long jump for sixth and McDermott was eighth (13-9.25).

Kennedy Recker took seventh in the 400 (1:13.96) as did Julia Mertz in the 1,500 (5:54.90).

At the Bobcat Invitational at Benton Community, April 15, the ladies ran to an eighth-place finish with 43 points. Prairie led with 146, followed by Williamsburg 102, Vinton-Shellsburg 82, CPU 72, Mount Vernon 61.5, Independence 61, Regina 53, BHS, Benton Community 40, Belle Plaine 33, Oelwein 24, Benton Community JV 8.5 and Iowa Valley eight.

Schmitt celebrated her birthday with a first place in the high jump (4-10). She added a fourth in the 200 (28.9) and joined McDermott, Addie Koelker and Knepper in the shuttle hurdle relay for third (1:12.33).

Koelker took third in the 100-hurdles (17.31) and eighth in the 400-hurdles (1:19.03).

Kruse was fourth in the 1,500 (5:24.71) and fifth in the 3000 (12:21.51). Helle was sixth in shot (29-10).

In the distance medley, Milbert, Meyer, Recker and Mertz claimed seventh (5:02.97). Knepper, Milbert, Geistkemper and Meyer came in eighth in the 4x200 (2:01.14).

“We only took a dozen girls to Benton and they still managed to finish eighth, setting several season bests,” coach Todd Troutman said.

“Maria set a new season-best with her performance in the 1,500 and the shuttle hurdle team continues to drop their time every time out. Addie ran the open 100 for the first time and competed extremely well, placing third. Kiersten continues to win the high jump and even took third in the open 200, an event we have not put her in before. All the girls did a nice job and we got to see some girls really step up.

“Julia has been someone willing to compete in anything so we put her in the 800 and 1500 and she ran very nice times for that being the first time she has competed at those distances.”