Panthers take team titles at Falcon Co-Ed Relays
WEST BURLINGTON — It was a little colder than expected outside, but the Panthers were heating up the track at West Burlington on Saturday as both the boys’ and girls’ teams cruised to victory in the “A” division of the Falcon Co-Ed Relays.
The girls’ team won 12 events on the day, and the boys won five.
Leslie Taylor had three top finishes, winning the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.75 seconds, the 100-meter hurdles in 15.17 seconds, and the long jump with a leap of 17-0 1/4.
Mary Wester won the shot put (36-2 1/2) and the discus (109-7), followed in both throwing events by teammate Elinor Krieger-Coble, who threw 35-7 3/4 in shot put and 100-3 1/2 in discus.
Grace Lutovsky was the top finisher in the high jump (4-10). She was also part of the Panthers’ distance medley team, along with Abigail Feldman, Megan Shumaker and Elaina Conrad, who crossed the line in 4:51.83 for another win.
Conrad also had an individual win, finishing the 1,500-meter run in 5:39.32. Second place in that event went to another Panther, Maddie Lance, who finished in 5:48.67.
Like Lutovsky and Conrad, Chloe Haffarnan had one first-place finish as an individual and was also part of a winning relay. She took gold in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:32.37, just ahead of teammate Taryne Shull, who placed second at 2:39.79. Both Haffarnan and Shull also ran on the 4x800-meter relay team, along with Natalie Myers and Abigail Feldman. The four Panthers finished in 10:50.84, beating out Southeast Conference rival Washington — their only competition in the race — by more than 30 seconds.
The Panthers had the only two runners in the 3,000-meter run. First place went to Lance in 12:59.35, and Jasmin Tone placed second in a time of 14:13.76.
The Panthers’ final first-place finish came from Natalie Myers, who won the 400 in 1:08.60. Again, her closest competition was a teammate, as Carolyn Lutovsky placed second with a time of 1:09.10.
The Panthers had three other second-place finishes. The 4x200 team of Laura Hult, Asiah Zaragoza, Mikyle Lance and Delayna Cotton (1:59.97); the 4x400 team of Feldman, Carolyn Lutovsky, Grace Lutovsky and Hult (4:47.01); and the shuttle hurdle team of Sidney Taylor, Mikyle Lance, Kailey Peterson and Amy Buckert (1:17.29).
As a team, the girls scored 214 points, winning Class A handily. Washington was second with 131 points, followed by Burlington (98) and Keokuk (84). In Class B, Central Lee won with 163 points, followed by Danville (119), Mediapolis (118) and West Burlington-Notre Dame (91).
On the boys’ side of the meet, Mt. Pleasant had 137 points, edging Ft. Madison (127) to win. Mediapolis scored 117, followed by Burlington (84) and Keokuk (82). In Class B, the West Burlington-Notre Dame boys won with a score of 206. They were followed by Columbus Junction (105) and Wapello (89).
For their part, the Panther boys had three individual winners two top relays.
Emmett Wester and Justin Dunn once again took turns winning the throwing events, as Dunn took gold in the shot put (52-09 3/4) followed by Wester (50-8 3/4), and Wester won the discus (145-11 1/2) followed by Dunn (143-8 1/2).
Tommy Thorne was the Panthers’ other individual champion; he took first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.70 seconds.
In the relays, the 4x200 team of Paul Holdefer, Blake Knudsen, Cole Phillips and Cameron Frank won in a time of 1:36.23. Holdefer was also part of the winning distance medley team, which finished in 4:03.77. Running with Holdefer in that event were Trey Magnani, Tony Cristoforo and Drew Perry.
The Panthers also had six other second-place finishes on the day. Zach Mulford’s high jump of 5-8 was good enough for silver in that event; Thorne was the runner-up in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.17 seconds; and Frank took second for the second meet in a row in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 25.53 seconds.
In the relays, the Panthers’ 4x800 team of Perry, Clayle Franklin, Kolby Raymond and Ian Franzen finished in 9:10.73 for a silver medal. The shuttle hurdle team of Phillips, Mulford, Spencer White and Thorne was also second with a time of 1:01.44, and finally, the 4x400 team of Knudsen, White, Magnani and Thorne placed second with a time of 3:42.36.
The Panther girls will be back on the track this week at Pen City Relays in Ft. Madison tomorrow (Tuesday), and the boys’ team hosts the Denny White Relays at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on Thursday, starting at 5 p.m.