Monti overcomes heat, opponents at Brown Invitational

Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

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By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

The heat was less of a factor than it might have been, and the Monticello High School cross country teams were very much a factor on the course, during the Bob Brown Invitational meet held Thursday, Aug. 30 at the University of Iowa, hosted by Iowa City Regina.

Because of excessive heat and humidity, the meet was moved from 4:30 p.m. back to 6 p.m., and included just one race for girls and one for boys, with JV and varsity squads running together.

“It was a really good decision,” Monticello coach Dan Sauser said. “By then it was not a bad night to run. Not one person went down as a result of heat.”

The coach instructed the runners not to go out too fast, because of the heat.

“The kids did a good job of putting the heat behind them and running a sensible race,” he said.

The Panther boys continued their dominance, totaling 19 points for their top five runners to win by 38 points over Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Regina was a distant third at 175.

Monticello took the top three spots, four of the top five and five of the top eight.

Michael Melchert was the individual champion with his time of 16 minutes, 34.52 seconds. Ben Ahlrichs was second and J.J. Frawley third, both under 17 minutes. Dallas Lumpa was fifth overall, and Nick Meyers finished eighth.

“They’re a confident bunch,” Sauser said. “Michael, Ben and J.J. are three of the top runners in Class 2A. Nick Meyers has had back-to-back really solid races for us, and Dallas Lumpa had another solid race.”

The next five included four freshmen: Jordan Loes, Zach Holmes, Matt Manternach and Dalton Husmann. Sophomore Dearzae Fasnacht was also among the team’s top 10.

“I’ve been impressed by the progress of the underclassmen. They’re showing quick growth. I’ll go on record saying this is one of the best freshman groups we’ve had in quite a while,” Sauser said.

The Panther girls also enjoyed success, finishing third overall. Monticello was the only team among the top five to not have an individual runner in the top 10, but the team’s balance enabled it to score well. The top five Panther runners were separated by just 35 seconds.

“I’m encouraged that we continue to show improvement,” Sauser said. “What we need is a number one runner to step up and start pushing us.”

Cassi Britt led the Panthers, finishing 17th overall. She was followed by Mandi Miles in 19th place, Jazmine Reynolds in 21st, Kally Blake in 24th and Ellen Schlarmann in 25th. It was Schlarmann’s first race as a varsity runner.

“I was pleased with how the girls performed,” Sauser said.

Monticello is off until Sept. 8, when the Panthers host their own invitational on the high school grounds.

Aug. 30

Bob Brown Invitational

(at U. of Iowa)


1, Monticello 19; 2, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 57; 3, Iowa City Regina 104; 4, Clear Creek-Amana 119; 5, Wilton 133; 6, Durant 137; 7, North Cedar 174; 8, West Liberty 242.


(top seven on the team were considered varsity)

1, Michael Melchert, 16:34.52; 2, Ben Ahlrichs, 16:53.95; 3, J.J. Frawley, 16:54.49; 5, Dallas Lumpa, 17:06.49; 8, Nick Meyers, 17:23.92; 15, Jordan Loes, 18:23.79; 18, Zach Holmes, 18:46.05; 25, Matt Manternach, 19:21.24; 27, Dearzae Fasnacht, 19:27.13; 30, Dalton Husmann, 19:43.23; 41, Derek Manternach, 20:09.23; 54, Jacob Bergman, 20:45.42; 71, Justin Dirks, 21:37.65; 75, Noah Steiner, 21:48.23; 79, Ty Leibold, 21:55.01; 95, Treyton Hanssen, 22:50.28; 96, Colton Halder, 22:53.68; 100, Nick Chally, 23:23.65; 101, Kyle Folken, 23:25.89; 104, Jordan Barker, 23:29.78; 105, Scott Stoneking, 23:30.15; 110, Donovan Recker, 23:56.57; 111, Clayton Tjaden, 23:58.29; 115, Ben Burds, 24:15.90; 119, Ryan Holub, 24:30.55; 121, Kody Goettsch, 24:36.51; 125, Amos Finger, 24:58.97; 127, Spencer Williams, 25:22.21.


(top seven counted)

1, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 16; 2, Iowa City Regina 61; 3, Monticello 99; 4, Clear Creek-Amana 102; 5, Durant 122; 6, Wilton 136; 7, West Liberty 200.


(top seven on the team were considered varsity)

17, Cassi Britt, 17:24.62; 19, Mandi Miles, 17:25.53; 21, Jazmine Reynolds, 17:28.00; 24, Kally Blake, 17:59.30; 25, Ellen Schlarmann, 18:00.18; 28, Olivia Sunlin, 18:16.70; 49, Abby Schmerbach, 20:14.83; 53, Krysten Tighe, 20:27.32; 59, Katie Goettsch, 20:57.15; 60, Kaela Weber, 20:57.57; 71, Taylor Reth, 22:09.94; 72, Sammy Ahlrichs, 22:13.73; 83, Rashida Jones, 24:15.06.

PHOTO: Answering the gun at the start of the Bob Brown Invitational girls race are Monticello runners (from right to left) Mandi Miles, Kally Blake, Jazmine Reynolds, Olivia Sunlin, Abby Schmerbach, Ellen Schlarmann, Cassi Britt, Sammy Ahlrichs and Kaela Weber. (Photo by Pete Temple)