AMES - The field was limited, but far from lacking.
Setting foot on the final stretch of the season, the Marshalltown boys' track team placed third out of four squads with 51 points at the John Sletten Invite Tuesday.
The host Little Cyclones cruised with 96 points - 22 ahead of runner-up Des Moines East. Ankeny rounded out the quartet with 43.
Daniel Talbert and Pedro Gomez provided the Bobcats' pair of top finishes in the 3,200 meter run and shot put, respectively. Talbert broke the tape in 10 minutes, 53.02 seconds to finish 10 seconds ahead of the field, while Gomez's heave of 46 feet, 3 1/2 inches was nearly a foot ahead of the competition.
Gomez also took second in the discus (137-01), while Zach Wells raced to a runner-up finish in the 1,600 (4:48.14) and Dacoda Ewalt's height of 5 feet, 5 inches in the high jump was good for silver.
The Bobcats added a trio of runner-up performances in the 4x800, 1,600 sprint medley and shuttle hurdle relay.
Wells, Aaron Hauser, Sam Johnson and Nate Phillips joined forces in the 4x800 clocking 8:45.03.
Johnson nearly anchored the sprint medley to victory teaming with Brandon Pettigrew, De'Quan McDowell and Jordan Banes to finish .01 seconds behind Ames (3:48.23). The Bobcats' shuttle hurdle contingent was comprised of Kolby Keeler, Marco Tapia, Jordan Paone and Connor Ruddick (1:04.95).
MHS had three bronze performances from Talbert in the 1,600 (5:15.13), Keeler in the 400-meter hurdles (58.61) and the 4x400 quartet of Keeler, Hauser, McDowell and Tapia (3:45.88).
The Bobcats will compete at the CIC Conference Championship Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Waukee Stadium.
MHS had a pair of JV victories from Angel Pizano in the 3,200 (11:12.64) and Jordan Banes, Anthony Fleck, Jack Greene and Konner Kacmarynki in the 4x400 (3:49.99).