Amos sets school record with Drake-qualifying mark
CENTERVILLE — Mt. Pleasant’s Dustin Amos set a new school record last night at Centerville with a 6-5 1/2 mark in the high jump.
The jump was a quarter inch higher than the record set last season by Logan Mulford. The record of 6-5, which Mulford broke, was first set by Marty Atwater in 1981 and tied by Matt Melloy in 2001.
Amos now holds the second-highest mark in Class 3A and is tied for seventh across the state. He took second in the event at Centerville, finishing behind a Davis County athlete who jumped 6-6 1/2 and ahead of teammate Zach Mulford, who finished third with a jump of 5-10.
Amos’ most recent mark all but certainly qualifies him for the Drake Relays in Des Moines on April 23-27.
“The school record was probably the most exciting thing last night,” Coach Mitch Anderson said. “(Amos) has tremendous upside.
“The shuttle hurdle team also lowered its time and set a meet record,” he added. “It was another great performance from that quartet.”
The quartet includes Cole Phillips, Zach Mulford, Trey Magnani and Spencer White. They took the shuttle hurdle title in 59.2 seconds last night. The relay team has the fourth-best time recorded this season across the state.
Phillips also won an individual title in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.7 seconds, and was the runner-up in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 23.2 seconds.
Anderson believes that both the shuttle hurdle and two individual hurdlers — Phillips and White — should have little trouble qualifying for Drake.
He also expects thrower Ben Canby to qualify in the discus.
Canby won two individual gold medals for Mt. Pleasant at Centerville with a 48-11 toss in shot put and a 148-9 mark in discus.
The Panthers also claimed a win in the 4x200-meter relay, with a time of 1:36.7.
As a team, Mt. Pleasant finished with 131 points, edging an Albia team that came on strong at the end.
Albia won the last two events of the night — the 4x100 and 4x400 — but still came up just shy of the Panthers’ total, finishing with 128 points.
Mt. Pleasant also claimed the team title on the girls’ side of the meet — by a 95-point margin.
They scored 215, and second-place Davis County had 120 points.
Wayne (Corydon) scored 74, followed by Centerville with 31 and Keokuk with 30 points.
“We scored in every event, won 12 events and went 1-2 in five (events),” Coach Dave Hutchcroft said. “The seniors had a big night, winning seven individual events.”
Chloe Haffarnan broke the tape in three different races — the 400 (62.2 seconds), 800 (2:27.2) and 1,500 (5:15.3).
Leslie Taylor also had three gold medals — she won long jump (16-6), the 100-meter dash (12.9 seconds) and the 100-meter hurdles (16 seconds flat).
Emma Ludwig grabbed the final individual title for Mt. Pleasant seniors with a 12:06 finish in the 3,000.
Other first-place finishes came form Hannah Becker in the 400 hurdles (69.5 seconds) and four relays — three of which were anchored by Kelsi Phipps.
The 4x200 team of Danielle Coffin, Haley Weber, Delayna Cotton and Phipps won in 1:53.1, while the sprint medley team of Brianna Shelman, Sidney Taylor, Leslie Taylor, and Phipps finished in 1:56.7 for another gold medal.
The shuttle hurdle team of Allison Buckert, Sidney Taylor, Becker and Phipps clocked a 1:06.5 for the win, and the distance medley team of Kaley White, Megan Shumaker, Carolyn Lutovsky and Ellie Conrad finished 4:41.4 for another Mt. Pleasant victory.
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will be at Ft. Madison on Tuesday for the Pen City Relays, and then will compete at the Tipton Relays on Thursday.
In Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, the Panther boys will host the Denny White Relays.
The deadline for Drake qualifiers is set for Thursday, April 17, at midnight.