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Mt. Pleasant Iowa
"Panther"
 Girls Track and Field Website ! 
2014 Team
   36 girls reported in for 2015, WOW !

First Indoor Meet of 2015 is at Wartburg.
March 3rd, leaving at 10:45 from H.S.
3:00 Shot, LJ, HJ
3:30 55 Hurdle Prelims
3:50 55 dash prelims

4:10  3000
5:10 55 H Finals
5:20 55 Dash Finals
5:30 4 X 800
6:00 200 M
6:45 1500 M
7:30 400 M
8:15 D Med
8:50 800 M
9:30 4 X 200
10:00 4 X 4

State Champions, 2004, 2005, 2006
State Runner-Up, 2007 & 2014
2014 .... Conference Champions !!
Conference Champions
  2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006
2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
1999, 1998 ! 




"exciting news"  Mary signed to throw the shot and discus

  with the South Dakota Coyotes for
2015-16 ! 
"along with the academic programs and coaches, we liked the athletic dorm and that the track teams fly to meets like Texas, Mt. Sac in California and naturally the Drake Relays.  It will be about a 5 1/2 hr drive for us, but we'll be able to see her quite a bit."  SD recruited Mary as being one of the only spin throwers in Iowa for the shot put. (HW, coach & dad)

Another MP Senior (Kelsi Phipps) makes choice !

IMG_0107.jpgKelsi Phipps has committed to the University of Northern Iowa where she will  once again be running hurdles and long jumping with former teammate, Leslie Taylor.  Kelsi told me she is Sooooo excited to start her senior track season next month !

Incoming alum news; UNI freshman Leslie Taylor is into her first indoor season and is Long Jumping, running the 60 Meters, and doing the Triple Jump !




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State Runner-Up 2014 ! 
State Runner-up 2014

Leslie Taylor, 3 Time State Champion Long Jumper
Shuttle Hurdle 3rd Straight State Championship and State Record
Kelsi Phipps, State Champion 100 M Hurdles
 

State 2014

Third Consecutive State Long Jump Title

 

Leslie and Kelsi 100 M Hurdles

State Champion Shuttle Hurdle Relay !

 
Click on the forward arrow here and on next screen for live video & sound to play on black screen.....
400 Hurdles, Kelsi and Hannah                          
 
                                         Mary at Shot Put and a sweet 41 foot throw at state !
 
Mary goes Silver Medal !
 
 

4 X 100 M Relay, State 2014

 
 
                State Pentathlon 2014
  
 
 
 
Kelsi Phipps 1st and Hannah Becker 5th
High Jump, 100 Hurdles, Shot Put, Long Jump, 800 Meters
 I love this story; with so little time to work on these 5 different events before the meet, we worked early in the mornings and later in the evenings, and to show the competitiveness and drive of a champion, Kelsi's sister shared this with me; later that evening  Kelsi was home practicing her shot put ..... bouncing a plastic ball off the walls in the house the night before, practicing her form.......extra effort paid off, she is our latest "State Champion". 
(more meet shots on pentathlon page)

State Schedule

posted May 19, 2014, 10:08 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated May 21, 2014, 10:16 AM ]

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Road to state starts with coaches speech in the locker room.

Wednesday -Hy Vee Catered meal after practice at Coach Hutchcroft Ranch, parents invited to come, bring lawn chairs.
Thursday - 8:30 Leave ML in 3 vans
    Stop in Pella for lunch
go to motel
12:40 Team meeting in coaches room
1:00 1st van leaves for Stadium
2:30 disc, Mary
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3:00 Other 2 vans leave for stadium
4:30 High Jump Kailey
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5:15 4 X 8 Ellie, Natalie, Chloe, Hattie
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8:00 Shuttle Prelims, Leslie, Hannah, Kelsi, Sidney

Go Eat Supper 

Friday
7:00 Breakfast
11:00 go out to lunch together
12:45 first van leaves with Mary
1:45 other two vans go
2:30 Shot.... Mary
           Photo     Photo
3:50 400 H .... Hannah N Kelsi

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4:30 LJ.... Leslie
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5:30 100 H..... Les n Kelsi
Photo     Photo
 
6:50 4 X 100 Leslie,.... Hannah, Kelsi, Danielle
                              Photo                          
7:50 4 X 400..... Laura, Natalie, Chloe, Hattie
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8:15 leave for supper

Saturday
8:15 1st van leaves w Chloe
9:30 Other 2 vans leave
10:10 800..... Chloe
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11:20 SH.... finals
12:35 100 H.. ...finals
2:35 1500.... Ellie.
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3:05 4 X 1..... finals
                             
3:40 4 X 400.... finals
                            

Panthers Roll at District Meet, cant wait for STATE !

posted May 16, 2014, 4:54 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated May 20, 2014, 11:39 AM ]

Mt. Pleasant girls qualify for state meet ! 
Long Jump-Leslie Taylor, high Jump-Kailey Peterson, shot put and  discus- Mary Wester, 100 M H- Kelsey Phipps & Leslie Taylor, 400 MH - Kelsi Phipps & Hannah Becker , 800- Chloe Haffarnan, 1500-Ellie Conrad,   4 X 800-Laura Hult, Ellie Conrad, Hattie Liechty, Chloe Haffarnan , 4 X 100 Leslie Taylor, Hannah Becker, Kelsi Phipps, Danielle Coffen, 4 x 400-Chloe Haffarnan, Natalie ita, Hattie Liechty, Laura Hult,   Shuttle Hurdle RelaySidneyTaylor, Leslie Taylor, Hannah Becker, Kelsi Phipps !

Conference Championship 3 - peat !

posted May 8, 2014, 7:18 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated May 9, 2014, 8:50 AM by dlhutch@iowatelecom.net ]

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       The  Mt. Pleasant  girls track and field team pulled off the 3-peat last night  at the Conference track meet in Fairfield as the Panthers won for the third year in a row..  This marks the  14th time in the last 17 years the Panthers have been crowned Conference Champs.  MP  won  9 events ,  had a strong start in the field events, and used their depth to score 148 points.  Washington was second ( 94 ) and  Fairfield third ( 80 ).  Two Conference Records were broken last night as Kelsi Phipps broke her own 100M  hurdle record running 15.12. Her old  mark was  15.27  she set as a Freshman in 2012.  The shuttle hurdle relay of Sidney and Leslie Taylor , Hannah Becker, and  Phipps  ran 1:04.27 to lower the record of 1:04.74 they set also in 2012.  Also of note is the fact that Leslie Taylor won the Conference long jump title for the 4th year in a row . Taylor went 17-7 1/4 to win her specialty while Mary Wester helped get the Panthers off to a strong start in  the meet winning both the shot and disc.  The Panthers will now turn their attention to the all important State Qualifying meet to be held at Mapleleaf Stadium next Thursday evening.  

Panthers Win Brookhart Relays

posted May 6, 2014, 7:12 AM by dlhutch@iowatelecom.net   [ updated May 6, 2014, 8:42 AM by SeaBiscuit428 ]

      The Mt Pleasant  Panther girls had a record setting night at the 58th annual  Brookhart Relays in Fairfield last night.  The shuttle hurdle team of Sidney Taylor, Leslie Taylor, Hannah Becker, and Kelsi Phipps shattered the previous meet record by 2.7 seconds running  1:04.08.   Later in the 100 hurdles,  running in separate heats,  both Phipps and  L. Taylor  ran under the meet record with Phipps setting the new standard at 14.85 and Taylor clocking in at 14.91.  In the 45+  year  history of MP  girls track and field there have only been 2 other girls go under 15 seconds.  Dee Wear  in the 1990's and Lindsey Boldt in 2006  and both were  State Champions.  To  have two girls on the same team do that is really special.  Mary  Wester also  got into the record breaking act as she threw 41-9 in the shot to eclipse her own record by 3 inches. The  entire meet results can be found on the right side menu.  Next up for the Panthers will be the  Southeast Conference meet  on  Thursday   back  at  Fairfield.  

Washington Meet News

posted May 3, 2014, 2:35 PM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated May 4, 2014, 8:09 AM ]

 
 
For the second day in a row the Mt Pleasant girls track team took to the track.  Under much better weather conditions the girls had a good meet.  Leading off once again Mary had a super day in the throws and reset her discus record with a throw 5' further than her previous best.  Mary also won the shot put, and Leslie completed the trifecta with a nice  17' 1" jump to win the long jump, that was 4" better than her last years winning jump.  Allison Buckerts jumping came in handy as the freshman finished in third pleace to score her first varsity medal in the long jump, she has been patiently waiting for her opportunity to join the jump girls and did a good job at the right time.  The running events went well and also in the hurdle events, as expected, the shuttle hurdle relay had an easy win early, and Kelsi and Leslie went 1-2 in the 100 H.  We'll put some more results here when the result sheet gets sent to us.  Next up is the Brookhart Relays at Fairfield, Monday !

WACO Meet 2014

posted May 2, 2014, 8:07 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated May 2, 2014, 12:01 PM ]

The meet at WACO was a different meet to say the least.  Running in the cold and wind is nothing new to this team however !  Leading off a very productive night were the field events which started the night off with over 40 points !  Mary won her specialties...shot and disc, Leslie and Kelsi showed their strength with a 1-2 punch in the Long Jump and Hannah scored in the High Jump.  Mary did comment that her fingers were frozen soon after the meet began. 
Soon into the meet the 4 X 800 relay won their event and were presented with special ribbons/medals.
MP scored over 200 points to lead the next closest team, Washington that had 96 points, followed by Keokuk with 92 points.  This was a co-ed meet and it lasted till about 9:20 in the evening.  Good job ladies and hopefully the rest of our season will have better conditions.
Feature paragraph for this meet;  Mary threw an outstanding 39' in the shot put !, Kelsi ran a 62 in the open 400, into a very strong wind, and then when making her move to challenge for the lead in her first 400 H open, she clipped a hurdle and crashed, got up and still finished second in the race, guess you cant keep a good competitor down !

Drake Past, State Coming UP SOON !

posted May 1, 2014, 8:08 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated May 1, 2014, 9:57 AM ]

Well, the much anticipated trip to Drake had its ups and downs !  Leslie Taylor started off with a fine 6th placing in the long jump with a leap of 17' 2" !  The top 6 receive the much coveted medals !  Making the finals and duking it out with the states best, Kelsi Phipps earned a 3rd place and Leslie earned a 7th place in the 100M H !  Using last year as a stepping stone Mary Wester had a fine pair of events, finishing 8th in both the shot put and the discus !  She threw the shot put in a wet rainy day and had a beautiful sunshine day for the discus !  Running with the best and performing with the best the shuttle hurdle relay suffered a setback/learning experience with a disqualification in the finals.  Using this for motivation, hopefully all these events will be ones to watch at the upcoming state meet in 3 weeks !

Next Meet Up .......

posted Apr 29, 2014, 6:57 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated May 16, 2014, 4:53 AM ]

 
 STATE  !

Jim Andrew 4 X 100 Champion Relay

posted Apr 23, 2014, 9:21 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 11:39 AM ]

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Panther Relays 2014
Jim Andrew Relay Plaques; Named to honor long time and retired Panther sprint coach Jim Andrew, this team had the fastest 4 X 100 relay in the meet of all classes.  Congratulations to the Williamsburg team with a winning time of 52.37 !

Others winning their events for the Panther Team were Leslie Taylor in one of her specialties, the long jump, last year she jumped 16' 4 to win and this year went 17' 4 to win.  Leading from the start to the finish was a fine run by Chloe Haffarnan in her specialty, the 800 meters.  Kelsi Phipps blazed to a new meet record in the 100 m hurdles, and teammate Hannah Becker looked impressive in winning the 400 m hurdles.  Teaming up for a tune up for the Drake Relays, the shuttle hurdle relay gave the home crowd a treat in running a very strong shuttle hurdle relay, consisting of Leslie Taylor, Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps.  The 4 X 800 Relay slipped past Cedar Rapids Jefferson to win that relay also !  Gold medal relay members there were Ellie Conrad, Hatti Liechty, Natalie Ita  and Chloe Haffarnan !  Next up is the Washington Relays and the Drake Relays Thursday !

Panther Relays - Big Night for Seniors and Hurdlers

posted Apr 20, 2014, 6:20 AM by SeaBiscuit428   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 7:32 AM by dlhutch@iowatelecom.net ]

     It  was the last Panther Relays  for  4  outstanding young ladies as Leslie Taylor, Chloe Haffarnan, Emma Ludwig, and Hanna Weber  were introduced  with their parents at Senior Recognition night. On the track it was exciting as well  as the shuttle hurdle relay team of Lesie and Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker, and Kelsi Phipps  blazed to a new meet and school record in 1:03.57.  This not only puts them in the record books but  is the fstest time recorded in the State this year heading into this weekends Drake Relays.  Phipps also  rewrote the record book  as she bested teammate and former record holder Leslie  Taylor in the 100 m  hurdles with a 15.12  clocking.  The old record ws set by Taylor last year in 15.20.  The Panthers get set now for a busy few days as 6 girls will head to Des Moines for the Drake Relays  Thurs-Sat and the rest of the squad will run at the Washington Relays  on  Thursday. 

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