Panthers race to Pen City Relays title
FT. MADISON — The Mt. Pleasant girls’ track and field team racked up 144 points and a team title in yesterday’s Tim Lamb Pen City Relays in Ft. Madison.
The Panthers came in ahead of Washington (95), Cedar Rapids Jefferson (94 1/2), Fairfield (80 1/2), Ft. Madison (61) and Keokuk (23) in the Class A standings.
Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Wester broke a 32-year-old school record at the meet, when she hurled the discus a distance of 127-8. She blasted the old mark of 120-1, which was set by Laura Anderson in 1982.
Wester now holds both girls’ throwing records at Mt. Pleasant — she broke the 26-year-old shot put record with a toss of 41-0 earlier this season.
She won both events at last night’s relays, with a 36-7 mark in shot put to go along with her record-breaking discus throw.
The Panthers’ shuttle hurdle relay team of Leslie Taylor, Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps clocked a time of 1:04.40 and claimed a win in the event.
Their finish is currently the fastest time in Class 3A and the second-fastest time in the state, behind only Urbandale’s 1:04.09.
The Panthers’ finish broke the meet record the same quartet set last year (1:05.30).
In the 100-meter hurdles, Leslie Taylor and Phipps took second and third with times of 15.6 and 15.8 seconds, respectively.
Madison Ranschau of Cedar Rapids Jefferson won the event in 14.7 seconds.
Becker ran the 100 hurdles for the Mt. Pleasant JV team. She won the race in 15.6 seconds, helping the Panther squad that claimed a JV team title with 100 1/2 points, and helping herself to a much better spot among Drake Relays hopefuls in the event. She moved from 33rd to seventh place in the state standings.
Other first-place finishes for the Panthers last night came from Leslie Taylor in the long jump, with a leap of 16-11 1/2, and from Becker in the 400 hurdles with a time of 68.8 seconds. Chloe Haffarnan won the 800 in a time of 2:23.6.
Two Panthers relays also claimed gold: the 4x800 team of Ellie Conrad, Hattie Liechty, Natalie Ita and Haffarnan finished in a season-best time of 10:05.7, and the sprint medley team of Haffarnan, Sidney Taylor, Leslie Taylor and Laura Hult broke the tape in 1:59.6.
The Panthers also had three individual second-place finishes: Hult ran the 400 in a time of 1:04.50 for a silver medal, Phipps was the runner-up in the long jump with a mark of 16-3, and Becker took second in the high jump at a height of 4-10.
The New London and Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ track and field teams competed in the B division of the Pen City Relays.
Top finishes for the Wolves came from Emily Mathews, who was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.10 seconds, and Karlie Wade, who tied for fourth in the event with a time of 17.50 seconds.
Wade was also third in the long jump with a leap of 14-8. She finished just ahead of teammate Raelen Gipple, who jumped 14-6.
New London’s Kenadi Schulte tied Gipple for fourth with her own jump of 14-6.
The Tigers, who were limited by injury and illness at the Relays, also placed fourth in the sprint medley.
The team of Dani Holt, Victoria Noel, Sarah Holtkamp and Schulte was fourth in 2:09.00, and the same four runners teamed up for a sixth-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay. They crossed the line in 57.86 seconds.
For W-MU, Paige Breon finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.80.
The Wolves also had two relay teams take fifth place: the 4x200 team of Emily Mathews, Wade, Hannah Mathews and Breon crossed the line in 1:58.00, and the same quartet ran the 4x400 in 4:50.30 for another fifth-place finish.
Overall, the Wolves scored 20 1/2 points and New London scored 15 1/2 points as a team. They finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 10-team Class B field.
W-MU will compete next at its home meet on Thursday, the final day to qualify athletes for the Drake Relays. The WACO girls will also compete at the W-MU Invitational, which begins at 4:30 p.m.
New London will compete next at Pekin, and the Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will be at the Tipton Relays — both meets begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The same day, the Mt. Pleasant boys will be hosting New London, W-MU, WACO and many other teams at the Denny White Relays in Mt. Pleasant.
Mike Jay — announcer for Drake, the U.S. Olympic Trials, and countless NCAA DI track meets — will be at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex once again to call the Panthers’ home meet.
“We are excited again to have Mike come in for the Relays,” said Denny White, the former coach for whom the Mt. Pleasant meet is named. “He is a real fan of high school track and field. He knows who the athletes are and informs the fans of their athletic accomplishments. Mike does a great job adding excitement to the races. We appreciate his effort to be in Mt. Pleasant.”
Mt. Pleasant’s other top-six results from the Pen City Relays are listed below.
High jump — 4. Kailey Peterson, 4-8.
100 — 4. Danielle Coffin, 14.10. 200 — 5. Laura Hult, 29.30. 400 — 5. Mikayle Lance, 1:09.40. 800 — 4. Natalie Ita, 2:34.00. 1,500 — 4. Ellie Conrad, 5:17.80. 3,000 — 3. Hannah Weber, 12:17.21; 4. Beth Wells, 12:31.50. 400 hurdles — 4. Mikayle Lance, 1:19.00.
Distance medley — 3. Kaley White, Megan Shumaker, Carolyn Lutovsky and Emma Ludwig, 4:49.40. 4x100 — 4. Brianna Shelman, Haley Weber, Delayna Cotton and Coffin, 55.24. 4x200 — 3. Haley Weber, Hattie Liechty, Cotton and Coffin, 1:57.10. 4x400 — 4. Hult, Liechty, Ita and Lutovsky, 4:39.79.