Panthers win in Washington; girls are second at Iowa City meet
More gold and silver for the Mt. Pleasant Community High School trophy case.
The Panther boys captured the team title at the Washington Relays Friday, scoring an 8.5-point win (92-83.5) over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the nine-team field at Case Field.
Meanwhile, Dave Hutchcroft’s girls’ crew nearly accomplished something no other team has. Iowa City City High has never lost a meet on its home track, and the Panthers came within a nose of ending the Little Hawks’ streak. City High and Mt. Pleasant were tied going into the final event of the meet — the 4x400-meter relay — and the Little Hawks broke the tape first while MPCHS was third. Consequently, the hosts claimed the team hardware, 147-143, in seven-team competition.
Ben Canby and Dustin Amos snared individual goals in Washington with 148-5 and 5-8 efforts in the discus and high jump, respectively. The 4x100-meter relay team of Justin Chalupa, Spencer White, Trey Magnani and Cole Phillips were the first to snap the tape in the 4x100 relay, clocking a :46.20.
Other runner-up individual finishes were turned in by Logan Murray, 3200-meter run, 10:06.1; Phillips, 110-meter high hurdles, :15.17; and Zach Mulford, high jump, 5-6.
Mt. Pleasant’s shuttle-hurdle quartet of Phillips, Mulford, Magnani and White garnered the other silver medal, running 1:02.29.
Mary Wester was golden twice for the girls, heaving the shot 38-8.75 and flipping the discus 116-3.
Junior Kelsi Phipps also had a leg in a pair of golds, cruising over the 100-meter hurdles in :15.77 and anchoring the shuttle-hurdle relay to a new meet record of 1:07.15. The Panthers smashed the previous record, set last year by Cedar Rapids Jefferson (1:08.23) by over a second. Preceding Phipps in the shuttle hurdle were the Taylor sisters (Leslie and Sidney) and Hannah Becker.
Chloe Haffarnan netted the remaining gold, finishing the 800-meter run in 2:28.21.
Second-bests came in four individual events and three relays.
L. Taylor and Becker each had a pair of seconds. Taylor leaped 16-10 in the long jump and ran the 100-meter hurdles in :17.07. Becker, meanwhile, sped to a 1:11.90 clocking in the 400-meter hurdles and cleared 4-10 in the high jump.
Relays harvesting silver were the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800.
Brianna Shelman, S. Taylor, Phipps and L. Taylor ran the 4x100 in :53.68; it was Shelman, Haley Weber, Hattie Liechty and Delayna Cotton in 1:58.97 in the 4x200; and Ellie Conrad, Natalie Ita, Liechty and Haffarnan logged the stick around the track in 10:12 in the 4x800.