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David City track and field won a total of 22 medals at the Aquinas Invite on April 4 headlined with a gold medal for Carter Ossian in the long jump.

The boys team put together top-six finishes in 13 events and took third among eight teams with 99 points. The girls collected medals in nine events and scored 62 points for a fourth-place showing among eight teams.

Ossian medaled twice as did Christian Faz who picked up three medals. For the girls, Lauren Vandenberg and Macy Svoboda were each double medalists.

"Overall, it was a great meet. We had athletes place in most events that we competed in, multiple athletes set new personal records for the season and their careers and we finished third as a team," boys coach Drew Rodine said.

"I was excited with how the meet started with our field events. That carried us into running events."

Field event results were led by Ossian leaping 18 feet, 9 inches in the long jump, taking the top spot by a slim one inch. Dylan Vodicka scored a second-place showing in the discus as did Ossian in the triple jump.

Colby Hopkins kept the field events momentum going taking third in the discus, and Faz won his first medal of the day taking third in the triple jump.

Faz went on to also take third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 300 hurdles.

Vodicka's second medal of the day was a silver in the 110 hurdles. The Scouts other medals included runner-up finishes in the throwers relay and the 1600 relay, third by Clayton Harris in the 300 hurdles, fifth in the 3200 relay and sixth in the 400 relay.

"This type of meet was exactly what I like to see from our athletes because it isn't just a few stand out athletes, it was the whole team," Rodine said.

Girls results were led by the throwers relay taking first, Macy Svoboda winning two medals including silver in the 100 hurdles and Lauren Vandenberg winning two as well.

The throwers relay with Vandenberg, Payton Andel, Alli Daro and Olivia Egwuatu edged out the team from Aquinas by a single second. Svoboda earned her silver in the low hurdles with a time of 17.50 seconds. Vandenberg's top result was a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a best toss of 32 inches.

Svoboda was also fifth in the long jump. Vandenberg scored her second medal tying for sixth in the high jump.

Other medals were earned by Andel taking third in the pole vault, the 3200 relay team finishing fourth, the 1600 relay fifth and Lili Eickmeier taking sixth in the 100 hurdles.

David City track and field is next in action April 16 at Utica Centennial following a meet a Milford a week earlier.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The David City Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.

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