Mt. Pleasant shuttle hurdle breaks meet recordWinfield-Mt. Union and New London also compete in Ft. Madison, W-MU shuttle hurdle teams wins Class B division
FT. MADISON — The Mt. Pleasant girls’ shuttle hurdle team broke its own record at the Pen City Relays on Tuesday night, recording the fastest time across all classes and receiving the Paul Walker Memorial Championship Award for their efforts.
The team had one of Mt. Pleasant’s two first-place finishes on the night. Overall, the Panthers placed third of eight teams in Class A, behind Iowa City West and Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the team score.
Mt. Pleasant placed third of 14 teams in the JV division, behind the Iowa City West and Washington JV teams.
The Winfield-Mt. Union and New London girls’ track and field teams also ran at the Relays, with W-MU placing fourth of eight teams in Class B and New London taking eighth.
The Mt. Pleasant team was competing at full force for the first time this outdoor season.
“We had everyone back running with us for the first time since the first indoor meet,” Coach Dave Hutchcroft said.
Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps — half of last night’s shuttle hurdle team — were two of the runners out with minor injuries, but they certainly made an impressive return last night.
Combining with Leslie Taylor and Sidney Taylor, the pair helped the shuttle hurdle team finish in 1:05.22, currently the fastest time in Class 3A and the second-fastest time across the state (behind only Waukee).
The team also broke the record set at the Pen City Relays last season by the eventual state champion team of Leslie Taylor, Phipps, Becker and Kaitlin Jones, which was 1:06.15.
The Panthers other first-place finish at last night’s meet was from Mary Wester, who won the shot put with a throw of exactly 39 feet.
Wester’s closest competition at the Relays was teammate Elinor Krieger-Coble, who placed second with a throw of 35-4 1/2.
Chloe Haffarnan also had a second-place finish with her season-best time of 2:24.42 in the 800-meter run.
Leslie Taylor had two second-place finishes as an individual. She was the runner-up in the long jump at 16-5, as well as in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.49 seconds. She was just three hundredths of a second behind the winner, Madison Ranschau of Cedar Rapids Jefferson (15.46 seconds), and just six hundredths of a second ahead of Phipps, who took third (15.55 seconds).
Becker won the JV division of the 100 hurdles in 15.82, and Hutchcroft expects that all three individual hurdlers (Leslie Taylor, Phipps and Becker) will qualify for the Drake Relays at the end of the month.
The Panthers’ final second-place finish at the Pen City Relays was from the 4x800-meter relay team of Natalie Myers, Natalie Ita, Taryne Shull and Haffarnan, which finished in 10:00.43.
Along with his top finishers, Hutchcroft was impressed by the performance of the third-place 4x100-meter relay team of Tasha Vancil, Becker, Phipps and Leslie Taylor. They crossed the line in 52.37 seconds, which could qualify them for Drake as well.
“The 4x100 time was the biggest surprise of the night,” Hutchcroft said.
The team had passed the baton cleanly all the way around, which is of utmost importance in the 4x100.
“They really handled the stick well for having very little hand-off practice,” Hutchcroft said.
Overall, Mt. Pleasant finished with 89 points. West won the meet with 147.5, followed by Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s 118.
Behind Mt. Pleasant was Washington (62), Fairfield (36), Burlington (33), Ft. Madison (19) and Keokuk (3).
The next meet for the Panthers is the Tipton Relays on Friday, which was added to the schedule after the Iowa City West meet was cancelled last week.
Class B results
Like for Mt. Pleasant, hurdles and throws were the strong suits for Winfield-Mt. Union and New London at the Pen City Relays.
W-MU’s Cassie Kingery was the champion in the Class B 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.31 seconds. She finished more than a second ahead of the runner up, Aubrie Carlisle of Illini West (17.41 seconds).
Emily Mathews finished in third place, netting another four points for W-MU with her time of 17.45 seconds.
New London’s Dani Holt came in fourth place with a time of 18.09 seconds, giving Henry County athletes three of the top four spots in the race.
First place in the shuttle hurdle relay went to the Wolves as well. Anna Crawford, Mathews, Karlie Wade and Kingery combined for a winning time of 1:09.98.
Last year, the W-MU shuttle hurdle team placed fourth at state, and they’re on pace for another good run this season.
“We’re ahead of where we were last year at this time by nearly three seconds,” W-MU Coach Allyson McCarty said.
W-MU also finished high the 400-meter hurdles.
Illini West’s Carlisle took the top spot in the event (1:13.12), but second place went to Crawford with a time of 1:13.33. Wade finished in fourth (1:13.89) and New London’s Holt was fifth (1:20.32).
Other top finishes for W-MU came in the shot put and discus from Lou Krieger-Coen. She threw 32-3 1/2 in shot to take second and was also the runner-up in discus with her throw of 116-8.
“Lou Krieger-Coen had a season-best in the shot and a huge personal best in the discus by almost 20 feet,” McCarty said. “She also had two great 400-meter splits in the distance medley and the 4x400.”
For New London, Koral Crossett placed fifth in discus with a throw of 88-3 and sixth in shot put with a throw of 29-6 1/2.
W-MU’s 4x100 team is listed sixth overall in the results, but that is currently being challenged — the film from the meet will be reviewed, and the Wolves may move up a few places.
“(Anchor Emily Mathews) caught and edged Columbus, so I think we got third,” McCarty said. “Mathews improved her times in both hurdle races and had just an all-around great night of running.”
Illini West won Class B division of the meet with 108.5 points. They were followed by Mediapolis (85.5), Central Lee (72.5), W-MU (67.5), Danville (58), Columbus (56.5), West Burlington/Notre Dame (31.5) and New London (18).
Both W-MU and New London are scheduled to compete in the Pekin Pantherette Relays at 4:30 p.m. in Packwood on Thursday.
Other top finishes from the meet are as follows:
High jump — 6. Grace Lutovsky, 4-8. Discus — 4. Mary Wester, 106-9, 5. Elinor Krieger-Coble, 100-6. 800 — 3. Taryne Shull, 2:30.48. 1,500 — 3. Elaina Conrad, 5:22.81, 6. Natalie Ita, 5:28.38. 4x200 — 5. Tasha Vancil, Laura Hult, Natalie Myers and Sidney Taylor, 1:57.60. 4x400 — 5. Megan Shumaker, Hult, Carolyn Lutovsky and Grace Lutovsky, 4:34.12. Sprint medley — 5. Vancil, Sidney Taylor, Myers and Emma Ludwig, 2:03.00. Distance medley — 3. Abigail Feldman, Shumaker, Grace Lutovsky and Conrad, 4:44.71.
Long jump — 3. Karlie Wade, 15-2 1/2. 4x100 — 6. Cassie Kingery, Paige Breon, Cassidy Lennie and Emily Mathews, 55.26. 4x200 — 5. Sam Jamison, Kenzie Scott, Breon and Lennie, 2:01.96. 4x400 — 4. Lou Krieger-Coen, Anna Crawford, Wade and Kingery, 4:36.44. 4x800 — 4. Taylor Rodgers, Darby Harris, Erica Robison and Lindsey Schick, 10:55.66. Sprint medley — 4. Mathews, Breon, Harris and Robison, 2:05.91. Distance medley — 6. Breon, Jamison, Krieger-Coen and Rodgers, 5:20.91.
High jump — 4. Brandi Allen, 4-6. 100 — 6. Dani Holt, 14.19. 400 — 5. Allen, 1:09.40. 4x200 — 6. New London, 2:11.02. 4x400 — 6. New London, 4:43.87. Sprint medley — 5. New London, 2:14.37.