Back-to-back champs: MP girls take SEC titlePanther boys come up short in battle against Ft. Madison, take second place in conference meet
WASHINGTON — The Mt. Pleasant girls’ track and field team won its second straight Southeast Conference title last night in Washington.
The boys lost for the first time in eight years. They scored 89 points, and Ft. Madison topped them with 110.
“Ft. Madison was just too strong,” Mt. Pleasant Boys’ Track Coach Scot Lamm said. “They have too many quality distance kids, too much depth. Their coach recruited some kids from the cross-country team that didn’t run last year, and had some kids come out for long jump. Those are points they didn’t have last year, and we just couldn’t answer what they had last night.”
The Mt. Pleasant girls finished with 133 points, beating out the Demons (117) for the conference crown.
“We had a real good battle with Washington,” Girls’ Coach Dave Hutchcroft said. “They (the Demons) are a senior-dominated team. They beat our girls in the basketball championship game, and we were not about to let that happen again.”
The Panthers’ rivals did all they could to prepare for the meet on their home track, but it still wasn’t enough.
“Washington chose to rest their entire varsity lineup on Monday instead of competing in the Brookhart Relays at Fairfield like we did,” Hutchcroft said.
The Panthers just had too much depth.
“We were able to place two (athletes) in nine of the 12 individual events,” Hutchcroft said.
One of those pairs clinched the win for the Panthers: Elaina Conrad won the 1,500-meter run and Natalie Ita finished fourth to seal the Mt. Pleasant victory with two events to go in the meet.
“It was really nice to see the smiles on everyone's face posing for pictures and taking their victory lap,” Hutchcroft said. “They really wanted this one.”
Along with Conrad’s gold medal in the 1,500, the Panthers had six other first-place finishes on the night, and they also took seven silver medals.
Leslie Taylor won the long jump at 16-9 1/2, and Mary Wester was the top finisher in the shot put with a throw of 38-10 1/2.
Second place in shot put was Elinor Krieger-Coble, who threw 36-9 1/2. Wester also had a second-place finish; she was the runner-up in discus with a throw of 106-2.
On the track, the girls’ 4x800-meter relay team picked up a win for the Panthers. The team of Taryne Shull, Natalie Ita, Natalie Myers and Chloe Haffarnan finished in 10:21.03, nearly 20 seconds ahead of their closest competitor (Fairfield, 10:39.66).
The shuttle hurdle team of Amy Buckert, Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps also got a win in 1:08.01.
Leslie Taylor ran the 100-meter dash, in which she placed second with a time of 13.22 seconds.
She also ran in the 100-meter hurdles, which she won with a time of 15.53.
Taylor was followed across the line by teammate Becker in 16.46 for the silver medal, and Becker later won the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:10.22.
The Panthers also took the top two places in the open 800, as Haffarnan crossed the line in 2:25.83 for the win and Shull was the runner-up with a time of 2:32.43.
The Panthers’ sprint medley team of Tasha Vancil, Sidney Taylor, Leslie Taylor and Laura Hult finished in 1:59.63 for another silver medal, and the 4x400-meter relay team of Haffarnan, Becker, Shull and Myers finished the final event of night with a time of 4:27.38 for one last silver medal.
On the boys’ side, Justin Dunn won the discus (165-00) and Emmett Wester placed second (147-5). Once again, the pair switched spots for the shot put; Wester won (55-7) and Dunn was the runner-up (53-10).
“The throwers are right at their season best,” Lamm said. “And one other thing that no one would notice is that in JV discus, Ben Canby threw 142 feet — that would have been fourth in varsity. It’s an outstanding throw. On any other team in the state, he’d be throwing varsity.”
Canby’s throw was about 45 feet farther than his closest competitor.
In high jump, Logan Mulford placed second for Mt. Pleasant at 6-0.
On the track, the shuttle hurdle team of Cole Phillips, Blake Knudsen, Spencer White and Tommy Thorne beat out Ft. Madison with their season-best time, 59.34.
Thorne also ran his season-best time in the 110 high hurdles, finishing in 15 seconds flat for the win, and in the 400 low hurdles, where he took second at 54.77 seconds.
Other second place finishes for the Panthers came from the 4x100-meter relay team of Paul Holdefer, White, Trey Magnani and Phillips (46.18) and the 4x400 team of Magnani, Knudsen, White and Thorne (3:34.70).
The Panthers compete again in the state qualifier at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on May 9.
Other top finishers
Discus — 5. Elinor Krieger-Coble, 95-10 1/2. High jump — 5. Grace Lutovsky, 4-8. Long jump — 4. Megan Shumaker, 14-7 1/2.
400 — 3. Natalie Myers, 1:06.33, 4. Emma Ludwig, 1:08.34. 3000 — 3. Emma Ludwig, 12:27.55, 5. Maddie Lance, 13:05.68. 400 hurdles — 4. Mikyle Lance, 1:12.67.
4x100 — 5. Tasha Vancil, Sidney Taylor, Abigail Feldman and Delayna Cotton, 56.12. 4x200 — 3. Megan Shumaker, Mikyle Lance, Sidney Taylor and Cotton, 1:56.53. Distance medley — 3. Vancil, Grace Lutovsky, Laura Hult and Elaina Conrad, 4:38.20.
High jump — 4. Zach Mulford, 5-8.
400 — 6. Logan Mulford, 55.05. 800 — 3. Logan Mulford, 2:07.69. 1600 — 4. Drew Perry, 5:01.07. 3200 — 3. Drew Perry, 11:03.53, 5. Henry Pham, 11:38.77. 110 hurdles — 6. Cole Phillips, 21.57. 400 hurdles — 6. Alexander Carrasco, 1:04.52.
4x200 — 3. Paul Holdefer, Trey Magnani, Blake Knudsen and Spencer White, 1:36.49. 4x800 — 4. Justin Prough, Josh Beelman, Clayle Franklin and Kolby Raymond, 9:35.74. Distance medley — 4. Holdefer, Phillips, Tony Cristoforo and Franklin, 3:58.82.