Panthers place first in Pella
PELLA — Both the Mt. Pleasant girls’ and boys’ track and field teams traveled to the Central College Indoor meet this weekend, and both returned with an individual champion.
Emmett Wester was a first-place finisher for the boys’ team on Friday night, and on Saturday, Leslie Taylor claimed a title in two different events.
Wester won the shot put with a throw of 50-3 — not quite as far as his throw at the ISU Indoor, but far enough for a win.
“He was happy with his day,” the Mt. Pleasant boys’ coach, Scot Lamm, said.
The boys’ team also got a second-place finish from Logan Mulford in the high jump at 6-0.
“He’s really only had two high jump practices,” Lamm said, “but he’s right at his personal best with 6-0.”
Mulford did not miss his jump at 6-2, but instead chose to drop out at that point because his quad muscles were tight, and he didn’t want to risk injury.
“We have high expectations for him,” Lamm said.
On the girls’ side, Taylor won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.49 seconds, and she also placed first in the long jump at 16-1.
Taylor wasn’t the only one who had a good outing on Saturday.
The Panther girls also finished second in two events and had five other top-six places.
“It was the most success we have had at this meet in many years,” Coach Dave Hutchcroft said.
Chloe Haffarnan took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.41, and Haffarnan was also part of the 4x800-meter relay team that placed second. The team, which also includes Natalie Ita, Taryne Shull and Natalie Myers, finished with a time of 10:14.12, which is the leading time in Class 3A so far this year.
Hannah Becker picked up a third-place finish for the Panthers in the 400-meter run with a time of 63.16 seconds. Becker also had a pair of fourth-place finishes. She ran the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.64 seconds and took fourth in the high jump at 5-0.
Mary Wester also had a fourth-place finish with her throw of 38-0 in the shot put.
Grace Lutovsky placed sixth in the high jump with a jump of 4-10.
“The girls really competed well,” Hutchcroft said. “It was also important that we were able to get times on everyone.”
The girls will compete again today (Monday) at the Dickinson Relays in the UNI Dome. They then have a week to prepare for the start of the outdoor season, which the Panthers will open at the City High Invitational on Tuesday, March 26.
Friday was the boys’ last indoor meet, and they start their outdoor season already this week with the Washington Relays. That meet begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.