Even mother nature couldn’t stop the Van Meter boys’ and girls’ track teams from success at the West Central Activities Conference meet when it resumed on Friday, May 4.


The fourth was certainly with the Bulldogs as they resumed their conference track meet in Ogden, with the boys besting the conference field for first place and the girls taking third place.


On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs took home nine top five finishes highlighted by a pair of the first place variety. All that helped Van Meter to place third with a team point total of 90.50. Meagan Blomgren paced the way for the Bulldog girls after defeating all 17 participants in the 200 meter dash. Blomgren clocked in less than a second off of her current season best with a time of 26.99 seconds. Blomgren also placed second out of the 18 person 100 meter dash field clocking in at 13.08 seconds.


Natalie Barth posted a great meet as well taking second place in the 100 meter hurdles while earning the top spot in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:11.28. Barth was also a part of the 400 meter shuttle hurdle relay team involving Cari Walton, Aubrey Artzer, and Jenna Schlueter. That group put on a second place finish with a time of 1:11.56.


On the boys side, the Bulldogs were led by nine first place finishes during the meet to place them first overall with a point total of 135.25.


The field events proved quite productive for the Bulldogs who placed first in two out of the four events. Owen Jones picked the right time to put up a season best mark in the high jump with 5’10” to take the top spot by a full two inches. Connor Guess took down all 18 opponents in the shot put event with a first place toss of 52’-02.25”.


In the running events, Anthony Lowman led the way in large part thanks to a first place finish in the 100 meter dash putting up a season best with 11.29 seconds. Anthony rolled that success into the 200 meter dash where he bested the 17 person field with a season best time of 23.09 seconds. Lowman used that speed to help the 4x100 meter relay team of Zach Drummond, Sam Thompson, and Carson Rhodes earn first place with a time of 44.46 which officially marked their season best in that event.


Other first place finishers for the Bulldog boys’ included Sam Thompson in the 110 meter hurdles. Thompson came into the conference meet with a season best of 15.55 in the event and narrowly missed coming out of the event with a time of 15.61 seconds. Never the less, that time still earned Thompson the gold by one-tenth of a second over Justin Groen of Des Moines Christian.


The next event on the docket for both teams will be hosting their respective regional substate meets set for Thursday, May 10 at 4 p.m.