Panther track teams sweep Brookhart-Crew Relays

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


FAIRFIELD ? The Mt. Pleasant track and field teams took both team titles in Fairfield on Monday night at the Brookhart-Crew Relays. The boys? team had the top score with 187 points, topping second-place Washington by 91 points. The girls? team won with 157 points, besting second-place Fairfield by 31.

The boys? team took home 10 wins on the night, including three wins in the field. Sam Beatty leaped a 6-02 to win the high jump, Zach Beason threw a winning discus of 155-11, and the Panthers went one-two in the long jump with Rylan Seberg jumping 20-06 and Keegan Rich reaching 20-05.

Mt. Pleasant also went one-two in the 400-meter dash. Jacob Stukerjurgen finished the race in 52.82 seconds and Kyle Vanderham was right behind him with a time of 53.29 seconds. Khang Truong won the 200-meter dash in 23.61 seconds.

Jake Lowe and Cole Burns went one-two in the 110-meter hurdles. Lowe finished at 14.65 seconds for first and Burns placed second in 15.36 seconds.

The Panther boys won four relays. The shuttle hurdle team of Rich, Chase Lamm, Burns and Lowe won in 57.71. The 4X400 team of Stukerjurgen, William Copeland, Vanderham and Cody Mertens took first in 3:37.61. The 4X800 team of Dalton Moyle, Brody Bender, Jaden Davis and Mertens won in 8:41.95, and the distance medley squad of Beason, Copeland, Hoang Mai and Mertens took first in 3:51.34.

?It seems like this is always a good meet for us coming off the Drake Relays,? boys? head coach Mitch Anderson said during the meet. ?It seems like we come to Fairfield and hit some big PRs, and we?ve done that so far. We had a lifetime best in the high jump with Sam getting over 6?2, and Zach throwing 155 in the discus is a lifetime best, so I?d say we?re doing well and back on track.?

The girls? team won five events on the day. Taylor Murray took first in the 400-meter dash, crossing the tape in 1:02.54. Serenity Keomanivong took the 100-meter hurdles in 17.02 seconds.

The 4X800 team of Delaney McDowell, Cristina Carthey, Maggie Jennings and Murray won in 10:17.31. The shuttle hurdle team of Maddie Williamson, Karsyn Lamm, Kalynn Batey and Keomnivong won in 1:09.15, and Lexie Magnani took the shot put title with a throw of 40-02.

?We were a little nervous coming off last week,? said girls? head coach Tyler Kibbee. ?We were at Keokuk on Tuesday and ran really well, and then turned around on Thursday (in Pella) and kind of backed the girls off. Plus Monday meets make us a little nervous, just not having the practice time on Friday to be able to come back in ready to roll.?

The Panthers will now turn their attention towards the conference meet in Washington on Thursday, May 3, where both teams will look to conitnue their conference dominance. That meet will begin at 4:30 p.m.