Panthers' four-meet week includes Drake

Avery Martensen of Monticello clears the last hurdle in the 110-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Gavin Cooper of the Panthers (front) heads for the finish in the 4x100 relay Friday after getting the handoff from Avery Martensen.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello’s two entries in last week’s Drake Relays had strong performances while gaining the kind of experience that could be useful if they wind up competing on the same Blue Oval at the state meet in two weeks.

     Both competed on Friday, April 27 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

     Avery Martensen had a 16th place finish out of 32 competitors in the 110-meter high hurdles, with a time of 15.39 seconds.

     The 4x100 relay team of Max Keleher, Alex Nealson, Martensen and Gavin Cooper finished 65th out of 80 teams, in 45.56.

     “Avery ran a nice clean race,” Monticello coach Greg Williams said. “In the relay, the handoffs were good. We just need to work a little on some things in the exchange zones.

     “It was a great experience for them to be down there and compete with the best athletes in the state.”

     Meanwhile, the Panthers competed in three other meets last week, starting with the Wildcat Invitational April 23 at Maquoketa Valley. There, Monticello was fifth of 11 teams with 72 points.

     Monticello had top-three finishes in eight events, including wins by Aaron Loes in the 3,200-meter run (10:11.66) and the 4x200 relay team of Max Keleher, Alex Nealson, Avery Martensen and Gavin Cooper (1:36.06).

     Cole Cruise was second in the 1,600; and Alex Nealson took second in the long jump. In the shot put, Lake Stahlberg was third with teammate Wade Picray fourth.

     At Anamosa April 24, Monticello was fifth of nine teams with 79.5 points. The sprint medley relay team of Max Keleher, Alex Nealson, Avery Martensen and Carter Cruise took first place and broke the school record, set last year, by more than a second.

     It was one of five first place finishes for the Panthers at the meet, held April 24. The others came from Martensen in the 110 hurdles, Aaron Loes in the 1,600, Cole Cruise in the 3,200, and Lake Stahlberg in the shot put.

     “This was a very good meet for us,” Williams said. “As a team we saw a lot of improvement.”

     The Panthers then ran in the Pacha Relays April 27 at Clear Creek-Amana, finishing 10th. Highlights there included third place finishes by Luke Weber in the discus, and by the distance medley relay team.


April 23

Wildcat Inv.

(at Maq. Valley


     1, Jesup 103; 2, Solon 89; 3, West Delaware 85; 4, Maquoketa Valley 79; 5, Monticello 72; 6, Alburnett 35; 7, Central City 34; 8, North Linn 31; 9, Clayton Ridge 28; 10, Starmont 21; 11, Springville 12.


     Sprint medley: 3, Monticello (Colin Jordan, Brody Brokaw, Max Keleher, Gavin Cooper), 1:43.29.

     3,200: 1, Aaron Loes, 10:11.66.

     Shuttle hurdle: 4, Monticello (Avery Martensen, Alex Nealson, T.J. Nealson, Caden Ungs), 1:07.23.

     4x200: 1, Monticello (Max Keleher, Alex Nealson, Avery Martensen, Gavin Cooper), 1:36.06.

     400 hurdles: 3, Avery Martensen, 1:00.05.

     1,600: 2, Cole Cruise, 4:58.00.

     4x400: 3, Monticello (Max Keleher, Carter Cruise, Gavin Cooper, Aaron Loes), 3:40.46.

     Long jump: 2, Alex Nealson, 19-6.25.

     Shot put: 3, Lake Stahlberg, 46-11.5; 4, Wade Picray, 45-8.5.

     Discus: 4, Wade Picray, 128-7.


     Sprint medley: 3, Monticello (Ethan Tallman, Jon Mootz, Spencer Avery, T.J. Nealson), 1:52.28.

     4x200: 3, Monticello (Colin Jordan, Carter Cruise, Jon Mootz, Brody Brokaw), 1:45.05.

     4x100: 6, Monticello, 53.00.

     Weightman’s 4x100: 2, Monticello (Ben Oswald, Reid Barnhart, Levi Temple, Ethan Tallman), 53.49.

     4x400: 4, Monticello (Jasper Nietert, Spencer Avery, Zach Chapman, Ben Barnhart), 4:09.29.


April 24

Anamosa Co-ed


     1, Mount Vernon 139.05; 2, Anamosa 121; 3, Mid-Prairie 105; 4, DeWitt Central 96.5; 5, Monticello 79.5; 6, Independence 60; 7, North Linn 50; 8, Easton Valley 47; 9, Iowa City Liberty 38.5.


     110 hurdles: 1, Avery Martensen, 15.21.

     1,600: 1, Aaron Loes, 4:34.75.

     3,200: 1, Cole Cruise, 10:33.96.

     Discus: 6, Luke Weber, 114-9.

     High jump: 8 (tie), Caden Ungs, 5-2.

     Shot put: 1, Lake Stahlberg, 45-3; 6, Mason Reuter, 41-9.

     4x100: 3, Monticello (Max Keleher, Alex Nealson, Avery Martensen, Brody Brokaw), 45.82.

     4x200: 3, Monticello (Max Keleher, Brody Brokaw, Carter Cruise, Alex Nealson), 1:35.69.

     4x400: 7, Monticello (Jasper Nietert, Aaron Loes, Cole Cruise, Carter Cruise), 3:44.42.

     4x800: 6, Monticello (Keagan Glawatz, Jayden Orcutt, Gavin Baugh, Ben Barnhart), 10:08.29.

     Sprint medley: 1, Monticello (Max Keleher, Alex Nealson, Avery Martensen, Carter Cruise), 1:38.57 (school record).

     Distance medley: 4, Monticello (Avery Martensen, Brody Brokaw, T.J. Nealson, Aaron Loes), 3:56.06.


April 27

Pacha Relays

(at Clear Creek-Amana)


     1, Clear Creek-Amana 146; 2, Mount Vernon 103; 3, Benton Community 100; 4, Solon 68; 5, Tipton 67; 6, Anamosa 65.6; 7, Williamsburg 53; 8, Iowa City Regina 47; 9, Davenport Assumption 40; 10, Monticello 31.5; 11, Durant 16; 12, Wilton 3.


     High jump: 4 (tie), Avery Martensen, 5-8.

     Shot put: 6, Lake Stahlberg, 45-8; 7, Wade Picray, 44-2.

     Discus: 3, Luke Weber, 130-8; 8, Wesley Henderson, 125-9.

     Sprint medley: 4, Monticello (Avery Martensen, Gavin Cooper, Max Keleher, Carter Cruise), 1:39.46.

     4x800: 7, Monticello (Cole Cruise, Aaron Loes, Alex Nealson, Jasper Nietert), 8:54.06.

     Distance Medley: 3, Monticello (Gavin Cooper, Max Keleher, Carter Cruise, Aaron Loes), 3:49.51.

     4x400: 8, Monticello (T.J. Nealson, Aaron Loes, Adam Schmitt, Jasper Nietert), 3:57.13.


April 27-28

Drake Relays

(at Drake Stadium,

Des Moines)


     110 hurdles: 16, Avery Martensen, 15.39.

     4x100: 65, Monticello (Max Keleher, Alex Nealson, Avery Martensen, Gavin Cooper), 45.56.




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