MP shuttle hurdle best in state after Denny White RelaysPanthers win Class A division of home meet, New London, WACO and W-MU teams also compete in Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant’s Tommy Thorne is a senior and a defending state champion, and those are two titles he does not take lightly.
“We had a little talk about what it means to be a state champion and what it means to be a senior leader, and he has really taken that to heart,” said the Mt. Pleasant boys’ track and field coach, Scot Lamm. “He works harder than anyone, and does a lot of things that people don’t see.”
Those things appear to be paying off.
Thorne anchored the Mt. Pleasant shuttle hurdle team that broke a Denny White Relays record and now has the fastest time in the state this season — despite the bone-chilling temperatures at last night’s meet.
He was also the anchor of the winning 4x400-meter relay team, the individual champion in the 110-high hurdles and the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles.
“He had four great races for us last night,” Lamm said.
The Panthers took the team title at their home meet, named for former Mt. Pleasant Coach Denny White, with 143.5 points — comfortably ahead of conference foe Ft. Madison with 123 points.
The Bloodhounds were Mt. Pleasant’s biggest competition in the shuttle hurdle relay.
Thorne crossed the line just over a second ahead of Ft. Madison anchor Raheem Black, finishing the race in 59.55 seconds and breaking the record that Mt. Pleasant set last year (1:00.13).
Cole Phillips, Zach Mulford and Spencer White took the first three legs of the race.
“We ran the same group of kids at West Burlington, and Ft. Madison beat us that day,” Lamm said. “We weren’t prepared for that race, but we’ve been doing some work, some coaching, since then.”
The work the team has put in helped them net the fastest recorded time in the state so far this season, ahead of Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s 55.75 seconds.
“It sets the tone for the rest of the night — it doesn’t matter what the weather is, we’re there to compete,” Lamm said.
Still, the coach admits that he was a little surprised by the time the team turned in at the brutally cold meet.
“It was a really impressive performance,” he said.
The Panthers also got another solid night from their throwers — but by now, that statement is becoming a foregone conclusion.
Justin Dunn won the shot put with a throw of 53-6 1/4, and Emmett Wester took second (53-3 1/2); Dunn also won the discus with a throw of 151-11 3/4, and Wester was third in that event (140-2 1/4).
“Those guys, you don’t want to take them for granted, but they have been so consistent, and it’s something we’ve come to expect,” Lamm said. “They’re very hard workers — Coach (Shawn) Striegel works long hours with them — and all their success is earned. They deserve it.”
Lamm noted a few other top performances from the Panthers, including Trey Magnani.
“He ran four events for the first time,” Lamm said, “and he ran his season-best time in the 400-meter dash.”
Magnani took third in the open 400 at 55.86 seconds, and later came back with another good lap in the 4x400, helping the Panthers win the final event of the night.
“Spencer White ran four events as well; he’s really coming on strong,” Lamm said. “Logan Mulford continues to place high for us in the high jump, and it’s a talented field here in Southeast Iowa.”
Mulford took second in the event with a jump of 6-0.
“There are a lot of guys starting to step up,” Lamm noted — which is a good sign, considering the weather they’ve been competing in. “I’m still waiting to run a day when it is nice out.”
Next up for the Panthers will be the Mid-Prairie Co-Ed Relays on Tuesday, starting at 5 p.m.
Class B results
The boys’ track and field teams from New London, WACO and Winfield-Mt. Union all competed in the Class B division of the Denny White Relays on Thursday.
W-MU finished in third place with 78 points, behind Wapello with 80. The winner, West Burlington/Notre Dame, ran away with the meet, scoring 140.5 points.
WACO placed fifth with 72.5 points, and New London tied for 10th with 23 points.
WACO had a pair of first-place event finishes in the meet, as Jorge Chacone won the first event on the track, the 3,200-meter run, with a time of 11:28.89.
The shuttle hurdle team of Tyler Ayers, Kevin Anderson, Bryce Achen and Dylan Carlson also took gold, finishing in 1:05.79.
W-MU’s lone first-place finish came from Max Fricke in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.86 seconds.
The Wolves had three second-place finishes: Kollin Lintz was the runner-up in the 3,200 with a time of 11:38.45, Johnathan Quinn was second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:23.26, and Kyle Davis took silver in the shot put with a throw of 39-0 1/4.
For WACO, the 4x200 team of Ayers, Achen, Anderson and Klinton Garrett placed second with a time of 57.04 seconds, as did the 4x100 team of Ayers, Anderson, Achen and Carlson with a time of 46.41 seconds.
WACO also got a second-place finish from Carlson in the 110-meter hurdles (16.37 seconds) and from Garrett in the 800-meter run (2:12.93).
The Warriors’ Braden Blake finished just barely behind his teammate in the 800, taking third with a time of 2:12.97.
The highest finish for New London came from Tony Menke, who placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:53.04.
Next up for New London is the Central Lee Hawk Relays on Tuesday. On Thursday, WACO will host the Warrior Relays, starting at 4:30 p.m., where W-MU will also compete.