Panthers have big day at home meetTaylor goes 17-9 in long jump, Wester wins both throwing events, Murray is impressive in the mile and Panthers claim four other titles
Hurdlers weren’t the only athletes with success on the track last night, as both the Mt. Pleasant girls’ and boys’ teams claimed a number of top finishes in last night’s unscored home meet.
The Panthers had four other first-place finishes on the track, and four titles in field events as well.
On the girls’ side, the Panthers claimed their first win early in the night, as the 4x800-meter relay team of Ellie Conrad, Natalie Ita, Hattie Liechty and Chloe Haffarnan finished in 10:22 for first place in the first girls’ relay of the night.
The Panthers won another relay when the 4x100 team of Haffarnan, Hannah Becker, Kelsi Phipps and Leslie Taylor crossed the line in 52.19 seconds.
For the boys, first-place finishes came in individual events — Spencer White claimed the 200-meter dash title in 23.63 seconds, a tenth of a second ahead of second place, and Logan Murray won the mile in a time of 4:44.52.
“He led pretty much from go,” Coach Mitch Anderson said. “He didn’t get much help from the field, so he took off on his own with about 600 (meters) left. He was pretty much competing on his own, so I think he can drop more (time) — I think he could contend for a few points at state.”
Murray also claimed a second-place finish for the Panthers in the 800-meter run, finishing in a time of 2:10.91.
The boys’ 4x100 took second at the home meet as well, as the team of Justin Chalupa, White, Magnani and Phillips finished in 46.11 seconds.
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team had a second-place finish from the sprint medley team of Brianna Shelman, Haley Weber, Danielle Coffin and Laura Hult (2:02.10). They also had four third-place finishes: Hult in the 400 (1:05.44); Haffarnan in the 800 (2:23.11); Conrad in the 1,500 (5:23.18); and the 4x400 team of Liechty, Megan Shumaker, Emma Ludwig and Carolyn Lutovsky (4:31.98).
Pat Canby had a third-place finish for the Panther boys in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.95.
In field events, the Panthers had four champions. Leslie Taylor won the long jump with a leap of 17-9, her season-best and the best jump so far in Class 3A. Phipps was second in the event with a jump of 16-5.
Mary Wester claimed two individual titles, winning discus with a throw of 111-10, more than 20 feet farther than the second-place finisher, Savannah Wilz of Eddyville-Blakesburg (90-8). She took gold in shot put with a mark of 37-6.
The boys’ team also had a win in throwing events, as Mt. Pleasant’s Ben Canby had a mark of 142-11 in the discus.
“It was not a season best, but it was still a really nice throw for him,” Anderson said. “And given the conditions, he competed better than the rest of the field.”
In high jump, Becker took second at a height of 4-8, and Dustin Amos was third on the boys’ side with a jump of 6-0.
There were no points scored in the meet, and no team titles. It was used instead as a Drake-qualifying meet, a chance for teams to see how they match up against other area schools without worrying about maximizing their team scores.
The Panther boys will be back on the track on Tuesday when they travel to Burlington for a meet that starts at 4:30 p.m. Both the boys and the girls will then travel to Centerville on Thursday.