Wester, Dunn break records at Centerville
CENTERVILLE — Mt. Pleasant sophomore Mary Wester broke a school shot put record — a record that was set before she was born — with her throw of 39-4 1/4 at the Centerville Co-Ed Relays on Thursday night.
The record was previously held by Traci Dunn, who threw 39-3 in 1988.
“Congratulations to Mary Wester for breaking a 25-year-old record,” Coach Dave Hutchcroft said.
The oldest record still standing for Mt. Pleasant girls’ track is Laura Anderson’s discus throw in 1984.
“Mary has her sights set on that one, too, and is 10 feet from getting it,” Hutchcroft said.
On the boys’ side of the meet, another thrower claimed a new school record; Justin Dunn’s discus throw of 165-4 surpassed the mark set by Leonard Wester in 2011.
Dunn won the event at Centerville with his record-breaking throw. Mary Wester’s throw earned her second place at the meet, but is currently the best throw in Class 3A.
A number of other Panther girls also placed in the top two of their events last night, and the team scored in all but one event on the night. Mt. Pleasant finished with 189.5 points, good enough for first place as a team.
The closest competitor in the seven-team meet was Davis County with 150 points; Knoxville took third with 52.5 points.
One of the event winners for Mt. Pleasant was Leslie Taylor, who took gold in the long jump at 16-1 and in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.66 seconds.
Emma Ludwig placed first in the 400 with a time of 65.9 seconds; Chloe Haffarnan won the 800, finishing at 2:28.2, and Elaina Conrad was the winner of the 1,500-meter run at 5:26.6.
The Panthers also finished first in three relays.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Tasha Vancil, Megan Shumaker, Sidney Taylor and Leslie Taylor finished in a time of 54.09 seconds to win their event, and the 4x800 team of Natalie Myers, Natalie Ita, Taryne Shull and Haffarnan won its event in 9:59.5, seven seconds faster than its season-best.
“Although it is early in the season, they now have fastest time in 3A,” Hutchcroft said.
The shuttle hurdle team also crossed the line first at Centerville, despite competing without a single member of last year’s state champion team.
Sidney Taylor, Kaeley Peterson, Mikalye Lance and Amy Buckert finished in 1:14.6 to win the event.
The Panthers ran the entire meet without Kelsi Phipps and Hannah Becker, two of the top hurdlers in the state. Both are out with minor injuries, but should be back next week.
Taking second for the Panthers was Leslie Taylor in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.14 seconds, along with Myers in the 400 (66.4 seconds) and Ita in the 1,500 (5:28.9).
The next meet for the Panthers is Saturday at West Burlington, starting at 11 a.m. The Mt. Pleasant boys will also be running at that meet.
Panther boys place second at Centerville
The Mt. Pleasant boys’ track and field team also scored in all but one event at the Centerville Co-Ed Relays, and as a team, they placed second by just one point.
Centerville won its home meet with 132.5 points; the Panthers finished with a team total of 131.5, the runner-up in a field of 10 teams.
The Panthers got 36 of those points in the throwing events, where Emmett Wester and Justin Dunn took turns placing first and second.
In the discus, Wester followed Dunn’s record-setting throw with a mark of 145-9, good enough for second place. Wester won the shot put with a throw of 54-4 3/4, followed by Dunn with a heave of 52-0 1/4.
The Panthers also got a first-place finish in one other field event: Logan Mulford won the high jump at 6-3.
On the track, Mt. Pleasant got some help from Tommy Thorne, who took second in both the 110-high hurdles (15.70 seconds) and in the 800 (2:02.7). Thorne also anchored the winning shuttle hurdle team, which finished in a time of 59:63 seconds. Other hurdlers in the relay were Cole Phillips, Zach Mulford and Spencer White.
The Panthers’ sprint medley team of Paul Holdefer, Cameron Frank, Tony Cristoforo and Drew Perry placed second at Centerville, finishing in a time of 3:59.77.
Perry was also second-place finisher for the Panthers in the 3,200-meter run, crossing the line in 11:07.5, and Frank — making his Mt. Pleasant track and field debut — took silver in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.15 seconds.