Shuttle hurdle teams take gold, boys set record
Cold, wet weather couldn’t slow down the Mt. Pleasant hurdlers, as the Panthers cruised to a pair of shuttle hurdle relays victories and three titles in the individual hurdle events at last night’s Mt. Pleasant Co-Ed track meet.
“Weather-wise, it was a terrible night, but it was a great night for us — we improved in five or six events,” Mt. Pleasant girls’ coach, Dave Hutchcroft said. “The shuttle lowered its time, the two girls in the 100 hurdles lowered their time — I can’t wait for a good warm night; I think we’ll see times drop dramatically.”
The Mt. Pleasant boys’ shuttle hurdle team started off the night with not only a win, but a new meet record.
The team of Cole Phillips, Zach Mulford, Trey Magnani and Spencer White crossed the line in a time of 59.75, breaking the record of 1:00.13 set by the Mt. Pleasant team of Phillips, Mulford, White and Tommy Thorne at last year’s Co-Ed.
“We fooled around with the lineup a few times; we looked at how we would match up with other teams,” Boys’ Coach Mitch Anderson said. “In the end, we just went with the best lineup for our team.”
That worked out well for the Panthers, who edged Ft. Madison by just over a second in the race.
At the start of the season, the Panthers were not expecting the line up that they’re running now.
Phillips and White return from last year’s state champion team. Blake Knudsen was also on that team, but is currently on a trip to Israel and will miss the first few meets. Mulford was the No. 5 guy last year, competing in the relay a few times, so Anderson knew he was capable. However, the addition of Magnani was unexpected.
“He was just messing around on a couple hurdles at practice, and the hurdlers saw something, and they mentioned it to me,” Anderson said. “He has a lot of upside — he has good foot speed between hurdles, and he attacks the hurdles; he’s not afraid. His form can get better, but you can coach that — you can’t coach foot speed.”
The girls’ shuttle hurdle team of Leslie Taylor, Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps finished in a time of 1:06.04 in last night’s meet for first place.
The relay was just five hundredths of a second off the record set in 2012 by the Mt. Pleasant team of Taylor, Becker, Kaitlin Jones and Phipps (1:05.99).
Phipps also won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.58 seconds last night, edging Leslie Taylor by just one hundredth of a second. Taylor took silver in a time of 15.59.
No one else got close to the pair of Panthers — third place in the 100 hurdles went to Autumn Golly of Burlington in a time of 17.26.
In the 110-meter high hurdles, first and second place were again separated by just one hundredth of a second.
Mt. Pleasant’s Phillips was the runner-up in the event, taking second to Ft. Madison’s Hunter Pollpeter. Phillips finished in 15.14 seconds; Pollpeter crossed the line in 15.13. Mt. Pleasant’s White was third in 15.40 seconds.
In the 400 hurdles, Phillips was able to claim a win with a time of 1:00.68. Mt. Pleasant’s Alex Carrasco was third in 1:04.34.
On the girls’ side, Hannah Becker completed the sweep of hurdle titles for the girls’ team, winning the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:08.86.