MP, WACO break records at Denny White Relays
Two Henry County teams broke shuttle hurdle meet records at the Denny White Relays in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday night.
Mt. Pleasant’s quartet of Cole Phillips, Zach Mulford, Trey Magnani and Spencer White broke the tape of the meet’s Class A race with the fastest time in 3A and the fifth-fastest time in the state: 58.92 seconds.
They broke the record set by the Mt. Pleasant team of Phillips, Mulford, White and Tommy Thorne last year — a time of 59.55 seconds, which was also the stadium record.
“It is a big confidence boost as we get ready for Drake to be able to run that fast on our home track,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Mitch Anderson said.
The Panthers raced to stay ahead of Southeast Conference rival Ft. Madison in the event, as the Bloodhounds also came in under the meet and stadium record but finished second to their hosts in a time of 59.29 seconds.
In the Class B shuttle hurdle, it was WACO that took the event title and the new meet record, crossing the line in a time of 1:01.44.
The team of Brett Hesseltine, Cornell Hulme, Bryce Achen and Dylan Carlson came in under the record set by W-MU in 2010, 1:03.72, and ahead of second-place finisher Cardinal, which also broke the record in a time of 1:03.70.
It wasn’t the only win for the Warriors or for the Panthers — Mt. Pleasant had four other titles and WACO took first in three other events.
Phillips took home two individual gold medals — he clocked a time of 14.69 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles and crossed the line of the 200-meter dash in 23.14.
“He beat quality competition (in the 200),” Anderson said. “He had a great start and was able to hold on to the end.”
Logan Murray won the Class A 3,200-meter run. The Mt. Pleasant freshman led gun to tape in the event, finishing in 10:01.58 — nine seconds ahead of his closest competitor.
“He dropped five seconds off his season best, and he had to do it on his own,” Anderson said.
In field events, Ben Canby hurled the discus 151-9 for a win. He came in ahead of Centerville’s Michael Firkins (147-3), a state placewinner last season.
Canby was also the runner-up in shot put with a toss of 47-8. Washington’s Tommy Peterson won the event with a throw of 50-2.
Other silver medals went to Panthers Dustin Amos in the high jump and Spencer White in the 400-meter hurdles, as well as the Mt. Pleasant 4x100- and 4x800-meter relays.
Amos jumped 6-4, second only to state leader and defending Drake champion Jeff Giannettino of West Burlington/Notre Dame. Giannettino went three inches over the meet and stadium record with a jump of 6-10, and is currently tied for the state high.
“Amos continues to jump well — 6-4 is a mark that will usually score points at the state meet, and he’s hitting those high marks consistently,” Anderson said. “And there’s no shame in losing to the Drake champion!”
White had a three-second personal record in the 400 hurdles, finishing in 56.66 seconds and getting in between Ft. Madison’s talented hurdlers.
“He ran an excellent race — he hasn’t run the 400 lows very many times, so I expect he will be able to continue to improve there,” Anderson said.
The 4x100 team of Justin Chalupa, White, Magnani and Phillips finished in 45.30 seconds and the 4x800 team of Henry Pham, Josh Beelman, Kolby Raymond and Clayle Franklin clocked a time of 8:53.12, each taking second in their events.
The Panthers also took second as a team, scoring 151 total points. West Burlington/Notre Dame won the meet with a score of 154.
The team title came down to the last event of the night, the 4x400-meter relay, which West Burlington/Notre Dame won to secure its crown.
The Panther team of Pat Canby, Tony Cristoforo, Magnani and Blake Knudsen finished fourth in a time of 3:39.06.
“It was exciting,” Anderson said. “I wouldn’t say fun, but exciting. We competed well — we dropped seven seconds off our season best. We were just a little short (of the win).”
In the team standings, the Panthers finished ahead of Ft. Madison (102), Mediapolis (87), Centerville (61), Washington (57), Fairfield (47) and Keokuk (31).
In the 11-team Class B standings, Winfield-Mt. Union took third place with 77 points, and WACO was seventh with 60 points. New London took 11th with four points.
Pekin won with 152 1/2 points and Cardinal was second with 84.
Central Lee took fourth (73 1/2), followed by Danville (63), Wapello (62) and WACO.
Van Buren finished eighth (57 1/2), followed by L&M (36), the Mt. Pleasant JV team (21 1/2) and New London.
WACO got another first-place finish from the quartet of Hesseltine, Achen, Hulme and Carlson when they broke the tape of 4x100-meter relay in a time of 45.12.
They were just two hundredths of a second off the meet record, set by Mediapolis in 2006.
Carlson also won an individual event, taking first in the 110-meter high hurdles. He crossed the line in 15.47 seconds, more than a second ahead of the runner-up, to add 10 points to the WACO team total.
Braden Blake also won a race for the Warriors, clocking a 2:09.40 in the 800.
“Almost everybody dropped their times,” WACO Coach Shannon Rugg said. “It was a good night for us. Last Thursday (at Washington), we ran our best, and we came back and did it again tonight. Hopefully we can continue that.”
W-MU had a couple wins of its own — Max Fricke took the 400 title and the 4x400 broke the tape as well.
Fricke finished in 52.50 seconds and anchored the relay team to a finish of 3:38.89, a season-best. Kyler Smith, Levi Giese and Bryce Robison ran the first three legs of the 4x400.
The Wolves also had three runners up at last night’s meet: Fricke took silver in the 200 (24.08), Gavin Bencze was second in the 3,200 (10:54.09), and Kyle Davis threw 43-10 in the shot put to score eight points for the Wolves.
W-MU and WACO will compete again at WACO on April 22, while New London gets back on the track at Central Lee and Mt. Pleasant at Mid-Prairie the same day.
Other top-eight results for the Henry County teams at the Denny White Relays are listed below:
High jump — 5. Zach Mulford, 5-8. Shot put — 4. Jackson Kelley, 44-4. Discus — 8. Matt Scudder, 119-10.
100 — 5. Pat Canby, 11.82. 200 — 7. Canby, 24.39. 400 — 4. Trey Magnani, 55.16. 800 — 5. Kolby Raymond, 2:14.81; 6. Clayle Franklin, 2:15.39. 1,600 — 3. Logan Murray, 4:49.50; 6. Henry Pham, 5:04.46. 3,200 — 6. Adam Bodenham, 11:02.43. 110 hurdles — 4. Spencer White, 15.41.
4x200 — 3. Dshundric Foster, Tony Cristoforo, Carson Remick and Blake Knudsen, 1:36.56. Distance medley — 4. Foster, Remick, Dustin Amos and Josh Beelman, 4:01.80
Discus — 8. Riley Grogan, 111-5.
200 — 7. Ausin McBeth, 25.02. 1,600 — 8. Tony Menke, 5:16.39.
Long jump — 6. Bryce Achen, 18-5 1/2.
200 — 3. Achen, 24.38. 400 — 8. Braden Blake, 56.92. 800 — 5. Jackson Roth, 2:19.45. 400 hurdles — 5. Jorge Chacon, 1:02.76.
4x400 — 7. Chacon, Justyn Chalupa, Gabe Black and Roth, 4:04.71.
Long jump — 8. Bryce Robison, 17-10 1/2. Discus — 6. Kyle Davis, 114-8.
100 — 3. Kyler Smith, 12.16. 200 — 4. Bryce Robison, 24.66. 400 — 6. Levi Giese, 55.41. 800 — 7. Jon Quinn, 2:23.47; 8. Gavin Bencze, 2:23.70. 1,600 — 4. Quinn, 5:02.16; 6. Bencze, 5:09.58.
4x200 — 7. Darren Hunter, Martinez, Keaton Pallister and Garret Baker, 1:45.88. 4x800 — 7. Brock Fricke, Kane Harris, Travis Jones and Kohlton Heinzel, 10:45.45.