Two Panther relays run at Drake; team stays busy

Taylor McDonald leads off the Panther 4x800-meter relay at the Drake Relays April 28 in Des Moines. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Anna Loes of the Panthers (front) takes the handoff from Kaylee Stephen in the 4x100 Friday.

Gabrielle Steiner runs her leg of the 4x800 Saturday morning for the Panthers.

Paige Holub of Monticello (left) takes her turn in the 4x800 after getting the baton from Jordyn Patterson.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     The highlight of a four-meet week for the Monticello High School girls track and field team was the participation of two relay teams in the prestigious Drake Relays.

     Monticello sent its 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams to Des Moines, with the former competing on a chilly Friday evening, April 27, and the latter running Saturday morning.

     The 4x100 team placed 41st out of 80 qualifying teams. Gabrielle Guilford, Maddie Lambert, Kaylee Stephen and Anna Loes finished in 51.61 seconds.

     “They 4x100 team ran pretty well on a windy Friday and managed to knock almost half a second off their season’s best time,” Monticello coach Darren Reade said. “We worked on some footwork things last week, and it seems to be paying off.”

     The 4x800 team of Taylor McDonald, Gabrielle Steiner, Jordyn Patterson and Paige Holub was 15th in 9:56.86.

     “They didn’t run their best time of the season, but they did go out and compete hard,” the coach said.

     The rest of the team had a hectic week, with three meets in four days. That started with the Stormin’ Pointer Invitational April 23 at Center Point-Urbana, where Monticello was fourth with 42 points. Holub won the 1,500 in 4:58.46. The shuttle hurdle team Maria Recker, Stephen, Macy McDonough and Guilford ran a season-best 1:09.62 to finish second.

     “Paige won in the last 40 meters of the race, passing two other competitors and running her season-best time,” Reade said. “Lauren Bader had a breakthrough night with her times.”

     On April 24, Monticello was third out of 12 teams in the Anamosa Co-ed meet. Winners included Holub in the 1,500, and the 4x100 and distance medley relay teams.

     “The distance medley ran a season’s best,” Reade said. “Gabby Guilford continues to impress.”

     Competing without the Drake qualifiers April 26 at Marion, Monticello finished 10th with 11 points.

     “We were really impressed with Tori McDonald for volunteering to try the 400 hurdles,” the coach said. “Also, Karli Recker and Maddie Stadtmueller ran their best times of the season in the 1500. Payton Jaeger had a monster PR in the shot put, by almost two feet. Megan Mahoney had another PR in the shot as well.”


April 23

Stormin’ Pointer Inv.

(at Center Point)


     1, Solon 146; 2, Center Point-Urbana 77; 3, Mid-Prairie 53; 4, Monticello 42; 5, Alburnett 40; 6, Aplington-Parkersburg 38; 7 (tie), Clear Creek-Amana 35, North Linn 35, Springville 35; 10, Central City 34; 11, Denver 20; 12, Maquoketa Valley 19; 13, Jesup 12.


     3,000: 3, Gabrielle Steiner, 11:59.04.

     4x800: 3, Monticello (Emily Schlarmann, Tori McDonald, Maddie Stadtmueller, Rachel Larabee), 11:02.12.

     Shuttle hurdle: 2, Monticello (Maria Recker, Kaylee Stephen, Macy McDonough, Gabby Guilford), 1:09.62.

     Distance medley: 4, Monticello (Anna Loes, Maddie Lambert, Taylor McDonald, Jordyn Patterson), 4:33.07.

     100 hurdles: 4, Maria Recker, 17.73; 5, Macy McDonough, 17.78.

     800: 6, Emily Schlarmann, 2:43.31.

     1,500: 1, Paige Holub, 4:58.46; 6, Rachel Larabee, 5:34.18.


April 24

Anamosa Co-ed


     1, Mount Vernon 127.5; 2, Anamosa 104; 3, Monticello 102; 4, Independence 74; 5, North Cedar 70; 6, North Linn 60; 7, West Delaware 58; 8, Midland 37; 9, Easton Valley 35.5; 10, West Liberty 30; 11, Starmont 26; 12, Maquoketa Valley 13.


     100: 4, Leah Holub, 13.87.

     200: 4, Kaylee Stephen, 28.22.

     400: 7, Emily Schlarmann, 1:05.17.

     800: 2, Jordyn Patterson, 2:31.84.

     1,500: 1, Paige Holub, 4:57.87; 4, Emily Schlarmann, 5:38.12.

     3,000: 6, Rachel Larabee, 12:33.26.

     100 hurdles: 3, Gabby Guilford, 16.87; 6, Maria Recker, 17.97.

     4x100: 1, Monticello (Gabby Guilford, Maddie Lambert, Kaylee Stephen, Anna Loes), 52.08.

     4x200: 6, Monticello (Leah Holub, Savanah Kremer, Meredith Melchert, Maddie Lambert), 1:56.75.

     4x400: 3, Monticello (Taylor McDonald, Gabrielle Steiner, Jordyn Patterson, Paige Holub), 4:15.69.

     4x800: 3, Monticello (Jordyn Patterson, Gabrielle Steiner, Tori McDonald, Emily Schlarmann), 10:37.99.

     Sprint medley: 6, Monticello (Leah Holub, Anna Loes, Maddie Lambert, Taylor McDonald), 1:58.82).

     Distance medley: 1, Monticello (Anna Loes, Taylor McDonald, Gabrielle Steiner, Paige Holub), 4:27.98.

     Shuttle hurdle: 3, Monticello (Maria Recker, Kaylee Stephen, Macy McDonough, Gabby Guilford), 1:09.97.

     High jump: 2, Gabby Guilford, 5-3.


April 26

Marion Inv.


     1, DeWitt Central 117; 2, Marion 103; 3, Center Point-Urbana 73; 4, North Linn 68; 5, Anamosa 66; 7, Benton Community 36; 8, West Delaware 32; 9, North Cedar 28; 10, Monticello 11; 12, Bellevue Marquette 6.


     100: 3, Leah Holub, 13.76.

     100 hurdles; 5, Macy McDonough, 18.24; 6, Maria Recker, 18.36.

     Shuttle hurdle: 3, Monticello (Macy McDonough, Maria Recker, Emma Brighton, Jaelynn Kraus), 1:14.00.


     Distance medley: 5, Monticello, 5:39.11.


April 27-28

Drake Relays

(at Drake Stadium,

Des Moines)


     4x100: 41, Monticello (Gabby Guilford, Maddie Lambert, Kaylee Stephen, Anna Loes), 51.61.

     4x800: 15, Monticello (Taylor McDonald, Gabrielle Steiner, Jordyn Patterson, Paige Holub), 9:56.86.



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