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Our last meet to get invited to the "Drake Relays" is in tonights meet. All qualifying events will be posted in the newspapers. Some events, the qualifying standard is the top 24 times or less in each event. Some events are limited to the top 8 only. The 400m relay is the top 80 teams in the state.
I have been asked when I am available and when we can practice, with the weather being what it is and holiday schedule I will be at the track Saturday (72 n Sunshine !) at 1:00 for girls wanting to High Jump and at 1:30 for Long Jumpers. (assuming it is not raining or gail winds like Wednesday) Enjoy our 4 day weekend and everyone try to get some track time in if you can, Panther Relays are on Tuesday ! Coach Shy
Mary threw the shot to a record distance earlier this season and has smashed the oldest record in the present day record books for MP, the discus. Mary reset the discus mark with an additional 7' to eclipse the old mark set over 30 years ago ! Way to go Mary !
Led by Mary Wester's school record throw of 127'-8" in the disc, the Mt Pleasant Panthers won the Pen City Relays at Ft Madison with 144 points. Washington was a distant second with 95 in a meet that included all 5 Conference schools. Wester broke the 32 year old mark of 120'-1" that was set in 1982 by Laura Anderson. The Panthers won 8 events on the evening that saw some other good marks as well. The shuttle hurdle relay of Sidney and Leslie Taylor, Hannah Becker, and Kelsi Phipps broke the meet record running 1:04.4. The same quartet had set the record last year. This time puts them second in the State behind Urbandale ( 1:04.09) and sets up a showdown at the Drake Relays next weekend. Hannah Becker also punched her ticket to the Drake Relays with an outstanding 15.6 time in the 100 hurdles. The 4 x 800 relay of Ellie Conrad, Hattie Liechty, Natalie Ita, and Chloe Haffarnan ran a season best of 10:05.7 with Conrad and Liechty running season best splits.
One of the top track and field meets in the nation is held in Des Moines. Olympic champions are all over the place ! Being one of the fastest tracks in the nation attracts all kinds of college/university/olympians to the Iowa town of Des Moines. As a bonus the Drake Relays invites the top 24 high school athletes in nearly all events in only "Iowa" to run the "Blue Oval" also. There are no classes and everyone has to perform their best usually by the week preceeding the meet. It is a real honor to get to run at the Drake Relays and is invaluable experience as a prelude to the Iowa State Meet which is held later toward the end of May in Des Moines ! Some events have a limit of 8 entries in the event to make it even more rewarding to run at Drake. The dream of even placing at the Drake Relays is a very limited experience by any and all athletes. The relays are held over Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in late April. Known to be weather of all kinds, anything from freezing weather to 100 degrees out. The last two meets for Panthers to qualify in are the Ft. Madison Relays on Tuesday and the Tipton Relays on Thursday !
Picture slide show (90 pics) from Panther meet on the MS Girls site ! Check them out ! GO PANTHERS !
Leslie signed a letter of intent to attend and participate in the track and field program at the University of Northern Iowa on Wednesday April 16th, at the high school media center. Press, coaches, and parents attended the signing.
Check the http://www.quikstatsiowa.com/ linc on the right side of this page for the up to date ranking of all girls in the state as well as listings by class or conference.
It may be a sense of urgency that this is their last go round or it may just be talent, but whatever the reason the Seniors on the Panther girls Track team really stepped up their game last night at Centerville winning 7 of the 12 events MP won in capturing the team title at the Centerville Relays Thursday night. Chloe Haffarnan showed her versatility in winning the 400 ( 62.2), the 800 (2:27.2) and the 1500 (5:15.3). This was the first time she ran the 400 and 1500 this year. Not to be outdone, Leslie Taylor won the long jump ( 16-6) , the 100 dash (12.9), and the 100 hurdles ( 16.0). Kelsi Phipps pulled relay duty last night as she anchored the shuttle hurdle, 4 x 200, and Sp. Medley to victory. The Panthers won the meet with 215 points far outdistancing runner-up Davis County who had 120.
Chloe received a plaque from Head Centerville Coach, Jim McCord, for winning the "Don Rosinbaum" 400m race during the meet.
Senior Chloe Haffarnan is headed to the state of Missouri to continue her running career and Senior Leslie Taylor is staying in Iowa to continue her track career at UNI. Congratulations Girls !