By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The weather was nearly perfect on Thursday night as some of the top runners in the state met in Mt. Pleasant for the Denny White Relays. The night saw extremely fast times and was likely the site of a few Drake Relays qualifications. The 2018 relays were full of excitement with races coming down to the wire and one major school record being broken for Mt. Pleasant.
The Panthers won the event with 158.50 points on the night. New London scored 50 points. Winfield-Mt. Union finished with 37.50 and WACO scored 25.
Mt. Pleasant won four events, including the shuttle relay team who stole the night by breaking the school record. The squad of Keegan Rich, Chase Lamm, Cole Burns and Jake Lowe finished the race in 56.49 seconds, the best time ever for Mt. Pleasant, and also the new record for the Denny White Relays.
Lowe was a double-winner on the night. He also took first in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.62 seconds. Cole Burns was right behind him in 14.98 seconds for second place. Lowe crossed first in the 400-meter hurdles as well, but was disqualified.
Rylan Seberg took the 400-meter dash for Mt. Pleasant, crossing the tape at 53.10. Cody Mertens placed first in the 3200-meter run, finishing in 10:14.02.
Mertens made it two top-two finishes with a second place mark in the 1600-meter run. He took second in 4:37.55. Kyle Vanderham was edged out at the line in the 800-meter run, placing second in 2:04.92. Jacob Stukerjurgen was right behind Vanderham for third with a time of 2:04.93.
The 4X800 team of Vanderham, Brody Bender, Stukerjurgen and Jonathan Ita was second in 8:26.05. Rich took silver in the long jump in 21-09.50. Sam Beatty was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Konnor Peterson, who was jumping for the Panther junior varsity team, took third in Class B with a 5-08.
The sprint medley team of Burns, Tate Shull, Lamm and William Copeland placed third in 1:38.19. Khang Truong took third in the 100-meter dash, crossing in 11.62 seconds. The 4X200 team of Truong, Shull, Copeland and Rich took bronze in 1:34.35.
The Panther 4X400 team of Ita, Shull, Lamm and Seberg crossed the tape in 3:37.64 for third. Zach Beason was third in the discus with a throw of 128-06.
The best night of the county?s small schools went to Brandon Snowden of W-MU. He took second in the 100-meter dash, crossing in 11.49 seconds, and in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.01 seconds.
The New London 4X200 team of Jordy Johnson, Keontae Luckett, Matt Oliver and Dallas Bell took second in 1:37.50. New London?s Grant Swanson was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-08.
Brody Barton gave W-MU a third-place finish in the 3200-meter run, finishing in 11:13.10. WACO?s 4X100 team of Calvin Battle, Elijah McGohan, Drew Kissell and Colton Horak placed third in 46.48 seconds.
The distance medley squad of Johnson, Luckett, Bell and Kyler Martin took third in 3:53.18. Curry Jacobs gave New London a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:13.03.