Individual titles highlight RVC meet for Panthers

Brody Brokaw of Monticello runs his heat of the 100-meter dash at the River Valley Conference meet May 2 at Camanche. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Colin Jordan races in the 200-meter dash at the Marion Invitational April 29.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello recorded two individual wins, and six top-five finishes, on the way to a sixth place team finish in the River Valley Conference Boys Track and Field Meet Thursday, May 2 at Camanche.

     Earning conference championships were Avery Martensen, who won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.59 seconds; and Wade Picray, discus winner with a distance of 145-foot-3.75.

     “I thought we did about as well as we could,” Monticello coach Greg Williams said. “I think we came in and competed to the best of our ability. We had some good performances and finished in the top half.”

     In the conference meet, the Panthers competed without four veteran athletes, all of whom are injured and will also miss Thursday’s state qualifying meet: Carter Cruise, Cole Cruise, Will Rieniets and Lake Stahlberg.

     Bellevue was the runaway team champion with 138.5 points, followed by Northeast with 83, Camanche with 82, Mid-Prairie with 73, Tipton with 72, and the Panthers with 61.5. There were 14 teams in all.

     Other top-five finishes came from Jasper Nietert, fourth in the 1,600 (with teammate Carter Kurt seventh), Caden Ungs, who tied for fifth in the high jump; and the distance medley and 4x200 relay teams. Luke Weber finished sixth in the discus to give the Panthers two point-scorers in that event.

Marion meet

     Prior to the conference meet, Monticello competed in the Marion Invitational April 29, and finished 10th.

     The best event for Monticello in that meet was the discus, in which Picray finished third and Weber was fifth. Monticello was also fifth in the sprint medley and distance medley relay events.

     “It turned out to be a nice night to run,” Williams said. “Our underclassman distance runners Jayden Orcutt, Levi Temple, Owen Ray and Zach Chapman all had big personal bests in their 800s.”

Panthers host


     Monticello will host the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet Thursday, May 9 beginning at 4 p.m. at Dean Nelson Field.

     The top two in each event will automatically qualify for the May 16-18 state meet, and the next eight finishers statewide will earn at-large spots.


April 29

Marion Inv.


     1, Benton Community 130; 2, Marion 105; 3, Mount Vernon 93; 4, Maquoketa Valley 74; 5 (tie) North Linn 63 and Solon 63; 7, Vinton-Shellsburg 61; 8, DeWitt Central 46; 9, Anamosa 41; 10, Monticello 35; 11, West Delaware 26; 12, Marion JV 4.


     High jump: 6, Caden Ungs, 5-6.

     Discus: 3, Wade Picray, 140-4; 5, Luke Weber, 135-4.

     Sprint medley: 5, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Colin Jordan, Avery Martensen, Carter Cruise), 1:41.36.

     4x800: 6, Monticello (Zach Chapman, Gavin Baugh, Levi Temple, Owen Ray), 9:09.16.

     Shuttle hurdle: 8, Monticello (Eian Weber, Grant Hospodarsky, Ty Jesenovec, Caden Ungs), 1:12.21.

     Distance medley: 5, Monticello (Jon Mootz, Brody Brokaw, Jasper Nietert, Carter Kurt), 3:54.59.

     4x200: 7, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Colin Jordan, Avery Martensen, Carter Cruise), 1:38.01.

     800: 8, Carter Kurt, 2:11.59.

     1,600: 8, Zach Chapman, 5:07.93.

     4x100: 6, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Brody Brokaw, Avery Martensen, Carter Cruise), 46.84.

     4x400: 6, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Caleb Sauser, Avery Martensen, Carter Cruise), 3:39.99.


     Sprint medley: 1, Monticello (Ty Jesenoveck, Caden Ungs, Caleb Sauser, Rylan Cooper), 1:46.82.

     Distance medley: 5, Monticello (Eian Weber, Ben Oswald, Harrison Eastburn, Jayden Orcutt), 4:14.49.

     4x200: 8, Monticello (Levi Temple, Ben Oswald, Harrison Eastburn, Owen Ray), 1:48.03.

     4x100: 8, Monticello (Ty Jesenovec, Ben Oswald, Eian Weber, Luke Weber), 51.12.

     4x100 throwers’ relay: 4, Monticello (Wade Picray, Luke Weber, Zach Chapman, Colin Jordan), 54.84.

     4x400: 6, Monticello (Levi Temple, Harrison Eastburn, Grant Hospodarsky, Owen Ray), 3:57.70.


May 2

River Valley Conf. Meet

(at Camanche)


     1, Bellevue 138.5; 2, Northeast 83; 3, Camanche 82; 4, Mid-Prairie 73; 5, Tipton 72; 6, Monticello 61.5; 7, Anamosa 59.5; 8, West Liberty 56; 9, Durant 38; 10, Iowa City Regina 26; 11, Cascade 15; 12, West Branch 14.5; 13, North Cedar 14; 14, Wilton 8.


     110 hurdles: 1, Avery Martensen, 15.59.

     1,600: 4, Jasper Nietert, 4:44.86; 7, Carter Kurt, 4:52.38.

     Sprint medley: 8, Monticello (Rylan Cooper, Colin Jordan, Gavin Cooper, Jasper Nietert), 1:42.98.

     Distance medley: 5, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Avery Martensen, Jasper Nietert, Carter Kurt), 3:52.32.

     4x100: 6, Monticello (Adam Schmitt, Rylan Cooper, Jon Mootz, Colin Jordan), 47.33.

     4x200: 5, Monticello (Adam Schmitt, Colin Jordan, Jon Mootz, Gavin Cooper), 1:37.69.

     Shuttle hurdle: 6, Monticello (Ty Jesenovec, Grant Hospodarsky, Eian Weber, Caden Ungs), 1:11.48.

     4x400: 8, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Caleb Sauser, Jasper Nietert, Avery Martensen), 3:42.41.

     4x800: 7, Monticello (Owen Ray, Gavin Baugh, Levi Temple, David Titman), 9:12.38.

     Discus: 1, Wade Picray, 145-3.75; 6, Luke Weber, 129-1.75.

     High jump: 5(tie) Caden Ungs, 5-8.



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