MP girls win Brookhart-Crew Relays, Logan Mulford breaks record
FAIRFIELD — With his jump of 6-5 1/4, Logan Mulford broke a long-standing school record in the high jump.
The Panther senior jumped 1/4 of an inch higher than the record of 6-5, which was first set by Marty Atwater in 1981 and tied Matt Melloy in 2001.
Mulford won the event at the Brookhart-Crew Relays in Fairfield on Monday night, helping the Panthers to a second-place finish overall.
He can try to break his own record tonight at the Southeast Conference meet in Washington, in which the Panthers will need every point they can get to top Ft. Madison.
“We’re seven-time conference champs, and we’re not ready to give up that title yet,” Coach Scot Lamm said. “But I think we’re chasing Ft. Madison going into this one.”
The Bloodhounds are very talented and very deep in distance events, led by a cross-country star and Drake Relays medal-winner in the 3,200, Isaac Steffensmeier.
“We can’t do anything about their distance guys – no one in conference can touch them,” Lamm said. “We should have a lead coming out of field events, and our best chances to upset them are in hurdles. We’ll also have to score well in sprint relays.”
The field events were strong once again for the Panthers in the Brookhart-Crew Relays, as they took first in both the shot put and discus along with the high jump, as well as second place in both throwing events.
Justin Dunn won the discus (161-1) followed by teammate Emmett Wester (139-5), and the two switched places in shot put: Wester won (54-10 1/2), followed by Dunn (51-1 1/2).
The Panthers also got a win from Tommy Thorne in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.87 seconds).
Mt. Pleasant took second place in four of six relays — the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and shuttle hurdle — and all four were run by Spencer White and Blake Knudsen.
White and Knudsen ran with Cole Phillips and Zach Mulford in the shuttle hurdle (1:00.20), with Paul Holdefer and Trey Magnani in the 4x100 and 4x200 (45.79 seconds and 1:34.78, respectively) and with Thorne and Logan Mulford in the 4x400 (3:33.43).
On the night, Mt. Pleasant finished with 111.5 points, second only to Davis County (122). They beat Fairfield (107), Ft. Madison (89), Centerville (85) and Washington (34).
The Mt. Pleasant girls finished in first with 178 points, nearly 30 points ahead of second-place Davis County (148.5). After that came Fairfield (135), Washington (53), Ft. Madison (37.5) and Centerville (22).
The Panthers had eight first-place finishes on the night.
The 4x800-meter relay team of Taryne Shull, Natalie Myers, Natalie Ita and Chloe Haffarnan won its event with a time of 9:51.52, and the shuttle hurdle relay team of Amy Buckert, Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker and Leslie Taylor also claimed gold (1:07.09).
Leslie Taylor and Becker took first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles with times of 15.19 and 16.04 seconds. Becker later won the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:09.96, and Leslie Taylor won the long jump at 17-2 3.4.
Haffarnan had a win in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.76, and Ellie Conrad won the 1,500 with a time of 5:21.36.
The Panthers’ final first-place finish came from the sprint medley team of Tasha Vancil, Sidney Taylor, Laura Hult and Myers with a time of 2:01.07.
The Panthers compete at the SEC meet tonight in Washington at 5 p.m.