Panthers are fifth in RVC Indoor

Owen Ray of Monticello competes in the 800-meter run during the River Valley Conference Indoor Meet March 21 at the University of Dubuque. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Alex Monzalvo of the Panthers wins his heat of the 400-meter dash at the conference indoor meet.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     With top-five finishes in seven events, the Monticello High School boys track team secured a fifth place finish in the River Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Meet March 21 at the University of Dubuque.

     “This was a good meet for us,” Monticello coach Greg Williams said. “We were competitive and placed well in all the events we entered.”

     Senior Avery Martensen had two strong individual performances, winning the 55-meter hurdles in 7.97 seconds, and finishing second in the high jump at 6-foot-2.

     The Panthers also had a runner-up finish in the 4x800 relay with Carter Cruise, Cole Cruise, David Titman and Jasper Nietert.

     Placing fourth was the 4x400 relay team. In fifth were Lake Stahlberg in the shot put, and the 1,600 sprint medley and 4x200 relay teams.

     Earlier, the Panthers sent several athletes to the Iowa State University high school indoor meet March 19. Martensen finished in a tie for fourth place in the 60-meter high hurdles. The 1,600 medley relay was 16th, and Stahlberg was 20th in the shot put.

     Cole Cruise was 24th in the 3,200-meter run, and the 4x400 relay also was 24th. The 4x800 team was 29th, and Nietert finished 34th in the 1,600.

     “This meet is always a good early test for our team,” coach Williams said. “With over 100 teams competing, there is plenty of competition in each event.”


March 21

River Valley Conf.

Indoor (at Univ.

of Dubuque)


     1, Bellevue 152; 2, Northeast 85; 3, Camanche 55; 4, West Liberty 44; 5, Monticello 43; 6, Mid-Prairie 34; 7, Tipton 24.5; 8, Anamosa 21; 9, Cascade 15; 10, Iowa City Regina 14.5; 11, North Cedar 14; 12, West Branch 5.


     1,600 sprint medley: 5, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Jon Mootz, Avery Martensen, Carter Cruise), 4:00.18.

     4x400: 4, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Avery Martensen, Rylan Cooper, Carter Cruise), 3:47.11.

     4x200: 5, Monticello, (Gavin Cooper, Will Rieniets, Jon Mootz, Rylan Cooper), 1:40.00.

     55 hurdles: 1, Avery Martensen, 7.97.

     High jump: 2, Avery Martensen, 6-2.

     4x800: 2, Monticello (Carter Cruise, Cole Cruise, David Titman, Jasper Nietert), 8:55.08.

     Shot put: 5, Lake Stahlberg, 44-3.



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