Panthers shine outdoors; romp at Beckman Invitational

Emily Schlarmann of Monticello clears the bar during high jump competition at the Dyersville Beckman Invitational April 7. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Jordyn Patterson (left) takes the handoff from Paige Holub during the Panthers’ 4x800-meter relay.

Savanah Kremer of the Panthers leads off the sprint medley relay in Dyersville.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     On the heels of a third place finish at the state meet last year, the Monticello High School girls track and field team made a strong impression in the first week of this year’s outdoor season.

     Monticello crushed a field of 12 – many of them larger schools – to win the Dyersville Beckman Invitational on Friday, April 7.

     A highlight was the performance of the 4x800-meter relay, which ran a winning time of 9:37.47 – the fastest time so far in the state of Iowa, all classes included.

     “The meet was an entire team effort that proved we could compete with even the large school teams that were there,” Monticello coach Darren Reade said. “We knew we were going to have some good weather, so coach (Vallerie) Lynn and I put together a lineup that we thought could get some things a chance to qualify for the Drake Relays.

     “The 4x8 and 4x4 did just that.”

     The 4x400 team also won, in 4:08.15, the 10th fastest time in the state.

     It was a big meet for Anna Loes, who won the 100-meter dash and was second in the 200. Monticello also won the distance medley relay.

     “Anna has been dealing with some injuries recently, so we modified the workouts a lot (last) week, but she still came out and won the 100 and got second in the 200 before having to shut her down for the night.

     “Maria Recker and Macy McDonough ran two really good hurdles races. Gabrielle Steiner had a solid night as well.”

     Prior to the Beckman meet, Monticello opened the outdoor season at the Camanche Invitational April 4. Due to issues with timing and scoring, team scores, along with times for certain events, were unavailable at press time.

     But it was a strong showing for the Panthers, who won three events and took second in three more.

     Winning were Steiner in the 3,000, Corinne Gadient in the 800, and the distance medley team. Paige Holub took second in the 1,500, Keeley Anderson was second in the 400 hurdles (with teammate Shalay Bronemann third), and the 4x400 team was a runner-up as well.

     “We saw a lot of good things already in our first outdoor meet,” Reade said. “Rachel Larabee ran her best race ever in the 3,000. The shuttle hurdle team is injury free this year, and ran a consistent time to where they were running at the end of last year.

     “We tried a hybrid lineup for the distance medley relay, and they ran the best time of the season.”

     The coach also praised Brianna Burmahl, who beat her personal best in the discus by 16 feet to take eighth place.


April 4

Camanche Inv.


     Team scores, and official times/distances for some events, were unavailable at press time.


     3,000: 1, Gabrielle Steiner; 3, Rachel Larabee.

     4x800: 3, Monticello (Gabby Gadient, Sydney Ballou, Jacqueline Petersen, Keeley Anderson), 10:47.61.

     Shuttle hurdle: 4, Monticello (Macy McDonough, Maria Recker, Shalay Bronemann, Kaylee Stephen), 1:12.43.

     Distance medley: 1, Monticello (Natalie Newhard, Taylor McDonald, Corinne Gadient, Paige Holub), 4:25.12.

     400: 3, Corinne Gadient.

     4x200: 4, Monticello (Macy McDonough, Leah Holub, Shalay Bronemann, Ciara Edwards), 1:59.62.

     100 hurdles: 5, Kaylee Stephen.

     800: 1, Corinne Gadient.

     200: 6, Natalie Newhard.

     400 hurdles: 2, Keeley Anderson; 3, Shalay Bronemann.

     1,500: 2, Paige Holub.

     4x100: 4, Monticello (Macy McDonough, Leah Holub, Savanah Kremer, Kaylee Stephen), 55.34.

     4x400: 2, Monticello (Corinne Gadient, Taylor McDonald, Gabrielle Steiner, Paige Holub), 4:12.56.

     Discus: 8, Brianna Burmahl.


April 7

Dy. Beckman Inv.


     1, Monticello 139; 2, Dubuque Senior 114; 3, Western Dubuque 85; 4, North Fayette Valley 83.5; 5, Dyersville Beckman 69; 6, West Delaware 66; 7, Northeast 52; 8, Clayton Ridge 48; 9, Bellevue Marquette 37; 10, Edgewood-Colesburg 27; 11, Waterloo Columbus 11; 12, Postville 3.5.


     100: 1, Anna Loes, 13.27.

     200: 2, Anna Loes, 27.33.

     800: 4, Gabrielle Steiner, 2:35.47; 8, Jacqueline Petersen, 2:47.70.

     1,500: 3, Rachel Larabee, 12:13.96; 4, Keeley Anderson, 12:28.36,

     100 hurdles: 5, Macy McDonough, 17.78; 6, Maria Recker, 17.86.

     400 hurdles: 4, Shalay Bronemann, 1:16.15; 6, Keeley Anderson, 1:19.19.

     4x100: 4, Monticello (Savanah Kremer, Kaylee Stephen, Ciara Edwards, Leah Holub), 54.19.

     4x200: 5, Monticello A (Kaylee Stephen, Savanah Kremer, Ciara Edwards, Rileigh Lambert), 1:55.26; 6, Monticello B (Leah Holub, Maddie Lambert, Shalay Bronemann, Natalie Newhard), 1:57.08.

     4x400: 1, Monticello (Paige Holub, Taylor McDonald, Gabrielle Steiner, Corinne Gadient), 4:08.15.

     4x800: 1, Monticello A (Taylor McDonald, Paige Holub, Jordyn Patterson, Corinne Gadient), 9:37.47; 8, Monticello B (Jacqueline Petersen, Lauren Lambert, Lizzie Petersen, Andrea Manternach), 11:18.99.

     Sprint medley: 4, Monticello (Savanah Kremer, Leah Holub, Ciara Edwards, Rileigh Lambert), 2:01.47.

     Distance medley: 1, Monticello (Rylee Warthen, Caitlyn Cruise, Sydney Ballou, Gabby Gadient), 4:41.76.

     Shuttle hurdle: 2, Monticello (Kaylee Stephen, Shalay Bronemann, Maria Recker, Macy McDonough), 1:11.91.

     High jump: 3, Emily Schlarmann, 4-6; 4, Gabrielle Steiner, 4-6; 5, Macy McDonough, 4-6.

     Discus: 4, Grace Gadient, 95-0.



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