Panthers set to qualify for Drake
WASHINGTON — The Mt. Pleasant girls’ track and field team won the Washington Relays handily on Thursday night, and are now waiting to hear confirmation on their qualifiers for the Drake Relays in Des Moines on April 26 and 27.
The boys’ meet at Eddyville was cancelled, but that didn’t stop the Panthers from getting in one last opportunity to qualify for the prestigious meet on the blue oval.
The deadline for Drake entries was midnight last night, so the Panther boys’ team joined the girls on their trip to Washington for an impromptu last-chance meet.
“The girls were already going, and (Washington) had a few other boys’ teams that were interested,” Coach Scot Lamm said. “So they made a meet and we went.”
At least two of the Panthers benefitted from the last-minute trip: Cole Phillips was not one of the qualifiers for Drake in the 110-meter high hurdles, and Tommy Thorne had been on the bubble — 31st of 32 athletes — until last night.
Thorne is now tied for eighth in the event across the state with the time he ran at Washington (14.96 seconds), and Phillips is right behind him in 10th place (15.02), so both will safely make the cut for Drake.
The qualifiers for the Relays have not yet been officially determined, but coaches can make pretty good guesses based on the results posted to QuikStats.
For the girls’ team, Coach Dave Hutchcroft expects to see two relays and five individuals qualify.
The shuttle hurdle team of Leslie Taylor, Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps is second in the state to Waukee with their time of 1:05.47, which they ran at Ft. Madison on April 9.
The top 16 teams qualify, and in 16th place is Winfield-Mt. Union’s team of Anna Crawford, Karlie Wade, Emily Mathews and Cassie Kingery.
The Panthers’ 4x100-meter relay team of Tasha Vancil, Becker, Phipps and Leslie Taylor should also make the cut in their event.
For individuals, all three of Mt. Pleasant’s top 100-meter hurdlers — Leslie Taylor, Phipps and Becker — are in the top 20, and 32 athletes qualify.
Kingery, who also traveled to compete in Washington after the W-MU Invitational was cancelled, should qualify in the 100-meter hurdles as well. She’s sitting in 27th place after running a time of 16.04 seconds at last night’s meet.
Other expected qualifiers for the Panthers are Mary Wester, who is 10th overall in the shot put, and Leslie Taylor in the long jump; she currently holds 14th place in the state.
“All (the Mt. Pleasant girls) are very safe,” Hutchcroft said.
On the boys’ side, both Thorne and Phillips were already expected to qualify for Drake in the shuttle hurdle, along with Spencer White and Zach Mulford. The team has the sixth-fastest time in the state, and 16 teams qualify.
Thorne is also expected to qualify in the 400-meter low hurdles. He’s seventh overall.
“They only take eight (in the 400 hurdles) — it’s one of their elite events,” Lamm said.
Other Panthers who should qualify for the Relays are Emmett Wester, who is second in the state in shot put, and Justin Dunn, who is fourth in discus and seventh in shot put.
The 4x100 team of Blake Knudsen, White, Phillips and Paul Holdefer is on the bubble.
“Paul Holdefer is running really well for us,” Lamm said. “He’s getting faster and faster, and that’s why you see his name in so many relays.”
Relays were an area of concern for Lamm early in the season — he wasn’t sure he’d have enough runners step up to fill all the sprint relays. So far, that hasn’t been a problem.
“Holdefer really answered that, and Blake Knudsen has done a nice job stepping up in that regard as well,” Lamm said.
Another qualifier on the edge for Drake is Logan Mulford in the high jump.
Mulford is tied with two other athletes for spots 23, 24 and 25, and the top 24 qualify. When there’s a tie, there is a lottery draw for the qualifiers — so Mulford has a two-in-three chance of making it.
Next up for the Panther boys is the Davis County Relays on Tuesday at 5 p.m.; the Mt. Pleasant girls will compete in the Keokuk Relays at 5 p.m. on Monday.
The Panther girls will then travel to WACO’s Ekstrand Relays on Thursday, where they will compete along with the boys’ and girls’ teams from WACO, W-MU and New London. That meet starts at 4:30 p.m.
Washington Relays results
MT. PLEASANT GIRLS
Discus — 2. Mary Wester, 101-4; 4. Elinor Krieger-Coble, 96-4. Shot put — 2. Wester, 36-7 1/2; 4. Krieger-Coble, 34-2 1/4. High jump — 5. Grace Lutovsky, 4-8; 6. Kailey Peterson, 4-6. Long jump — 1. Leslie Taylor, 16-6.
100 hurdles — 2. Leslie Taylor, 15.51; 3. Hannah Becker, 15.56. 400 hurdles — 2. Becker, 1:14.19. 200 — 4. Laura Hult, 30.22. 400 — 3. Natalie Myers, 1:08.02; 5. Emma Smith, 1:13.97. 800 — 1. Chloe Haffarnan, 2:29.48; 3. Natalie Ita, 2:40.10. 1,500 — 1. Elaina Conrad, 5:27.91; 3. Emma Ludwig, 5:37.73. 3,000 — 3. Ludwig, 12:31.99; 4. Maddie Lance, 13:11.91.
4x200 — 5. Tasha Vancil, Megan Shumaker, Lutovsky and Delayna Cotton, 2:01.96. 4x800 — 1. Haffarnan, Myers, Ita and Taryne Shull, 10:30.54. Shuttle hurdle — 1. Leslie Taylor, Sidney Taylor, Becker and Kelsi Phipps, 1:05.98. Sprint medley — 5. Vancil, Shumaker, Cotton and Myers, 2:10.53. Distance medley — 1. Vancil, Sidney Taylor, Hult and Conrad, 4:43.54.