Mt. Pleasant’s state-qualifying run went almost exactly as planned. There were a few bumps in the road, but the Panthers still had plenty of athletes punch their ticket to Des Moines.
The Panther boys won the meet, scoring 153 to pace the field. The girls scored 152 for second, just nine points off of first place Davenport Assumption.
Mt. Pleasant’s boys won nine events on the day, the most of any boys’ team. Cody Mertens led the way with a double win, taking the 3200 in 9:56.17, and the 1600 in 4:33.44.
Jacob Stukerjurgen won the 800, finishing in 2:01.70 to get to Des Moines. Chase Lamm took the 110-meter high hurdles, crossing the line in 15.14 seconds.
Mt. Pleasant had three relay teams take first place. The 4X800 team of Dalton Moyle, Brody Bender, Thad Brooks and Stukerjurgen won in 8:15.33. The shuttle hurdle team of Khang Truong, Tate Shull, Konnor Peterson and Lamm won in 1:01.44, and the distance medley squad of Truong, Chase Lamm, Rylan Seberg and Stukerjurgen won in 3:41.71.
The Panthers took two field events. Rylan Seberg won the long jump, leaping 20-11.50, and Zach Beason won the discus throw with a hurl of 154-00.
The Panther boys had a few second place finishes as well. The 4X100 team of Truong, Lamm, Seberg and Jack Johnson took second in 44.27 seconds. Sam Beatty was second in the high jump with a leap of 6-05, and Riley McQuiggin took silver in the shot put, throwing 48-09.50.
Dalton Moyle didn’t crack the top two, but still moved on to state in the 3200, getting in with the time of 4:43.35.
The 4X400 team of Shull, Beatty, Brody Bender and Stukerjurgen got in on time as well, finishing in 3:31.96. Henry Lutovsky joins McQuiggin in the shot put with a throw of 48-09.50.
The Panther girls won six events on the night, four on the track and two on the field. That includes a one-two finish in the shot put by Lexie Magnani (41-02.75) and Jadan Brumbaugh (36-03.75). Alyssa Striegel took the discus throw with a hurl of 115-02 to give the Panthers another state qualifier in the throwing events.
Abby Ryon had a great day for the girls’ team. Ryon won the 3000 in 10:46.29 and became a double-winner with a victory in the 3000, crossing the tape in 10:46.29.
Maggie Cristoforo rolled to a win in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in the time of 1:05.55. The shuttle hurdle team of Maddie Williamson, Kenna Lamm, Serenity Keomanivong and Karsyn Lamm also advanced, winning the race in 1:09.62.
Karsyn took second in the 100-meter hurdles, qualifying with a time of 16.54 seconds. There were three more second places for the Panthers, all of which came in relays.
The 4X800 team of Cristina Carthey, Kendall Dascher, Ryon and Maggie Jennings took second in 10:41.27. The sprint medley squad of Kenna, Karsyn, Lyndi Vantiger and Cristoforo placed second in 1:51.50, and the distance medley team of Avery Sutter, Vantiger, Cristoforo and Jennings took silver in 4:18.66.
Vantiger also qualified in the long jump, getting through on time. Her leap was 16-06.75.
The 2019 state track and field meet will begin on Thursday, May 16, and run until Saturday, May 18.