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Panthers dominate home meet

Mt. Pleasant flexes muscle against conference foes, wins both boys’ and girls’ events
Sep 20, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Cristina Carthey sprints to the finish during hte girls' race.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The wins just keep coming for the Mt. Pleasant cross-country teams. Both Panther teams took home first place on Tuesday night at the Mt. Pleasant home meet and both teams also took home individual gold.

Both teams topped second-place Ft. Madison by 18 points. The boys’ team used a one-two finish to score 31 points and the girls used their depth to finish with 32 points.

Cody Mertens was once again the only runner to finish under 17 minutes, taking the boys’ race with a time of 16:40.92. Kyle Vanderham took home another second place finish with a time of 17:21.96.

Alec Gardner and Cade Warner both snuck into the top 10. Gardner placed eighth with a time of 18:24.65 and Warner was ninth in 18:29.23.

Dalton Moyle finished 11th in 18:40.99. Drake Snavely finished 21st in 19:25.74, and Dakota Triska was 22nd in 19:29.46.

The girls’ team once again beat their Southeast Conference foes without one of its top runners, this time senior Taylor Murray.

Abby Ryon returned to action and was the only girl under 20 minutes, in 19:46. Freshman Cristina Carthey had a nice finish, placing 10th place in 22:25.4.

Kendall Dascher gave Mt. Pleasant another top 15 finish with a 14th-place 22:44.5. Kelsey Notestein was 16th in 22:54.4. Delaney McDowell placed 18th in 23:15.8. Claire Holtkamp was 20th in 23:.37.0, and Liz Perry placed 27th in 24:09.8. Those results are combined between the big school and small school field.

The county’s small schools were also in action. Winfield-Mt. Union picked up fourth-place finishes in both small school standings, scoring 103 points in the girls’ race and 113 points in the boys’ race. WACO ran in both, but did not score due to low numbers.

New London’s Lexi Brown led Danville-New London to another top finish in the small-school girls’ standings. She placed fifth overall and first among small-school runners with a 21:00.1. Not far behind her was W-MU’s Pearl Krieger-Coble, who placed sixth among all female runners with a 21:05.1.

Cecelia Hemsworth was ninth overall with a 22:22.2. Whitney Vantiger (29:12.8) and Fionna Sparrow (29:26) were 66th and 67th respectively. WACO’s Delaney Miller placed 72nd in 31:254, and Makenzie Shelman was 75th in 34:52.

The W-MU boys were led by Brody Barton who placed third in the small-school boys’ standings with an 18:21.08. Jarod Kadel was seventh in 18:58.55 to give the Wolves two top-10 finishes.

Asa Gipple finished 23rd in 20:34.27. Jacob Kongable was 39th in 21:20.68. Bryant Holtkamp (21:44.11) and Dane Sweezer (21:46.55) finished 43rd and 44th respectively and Talon Newton was 51st in 22:24.87.

WACO’s top male runner was John Skriver, who finished 25th in 20:47.18. Tanner Conwell placed 59th in 22:59.06, and Joe Edeker was 65th in 23:44.34.

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