Panther boys breeze to victory at Central Park

Posted September 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

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By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

It just gets more amazing, every week.

This time, the Monticello boys cross country team not only breezed to victory in the Anamosa Invitational Sept. 22 in Central Park, it came within one spot of a second consecutive perfect score on a breezy, 43-degree morning.

The Panthers took the top four individual spots in the boys varsity race, led by Michael Melchert, whose time of 16 minutes, 29 seconds is an all-time course record.

“Tens of thousands of runners have run that course, and he is the fastest of all time,” Monticello coach Dan Sauser said. “That’s pretty impressive.

“But we’re running really well behind him, as well.”

Ben Ahlrichs edged Dallas Lumpa for second overall, with each being clocked in 17:01. J.J. Frawley was fourth in 17:08, and Nick Meyers placed sixth in 17:30.

“It’s a team that a lot of people want to come out and watch,” Sauser said. “And not just Monticello people. It’s a pretty special team.”

The Panther girls finished sixth in the varsity race.

“The girls were running a little light,” Sauser said. “We were resting a few of them.”

Despite that, Monticello’s combined time for its top five runners was 88:54, faster than last year’s 89:10.

“That’s a good measurement,” Sauser said. “It says that we are ahead of where we were at this point last year.”

Jazmine Reynolds finished 22nd to lead the Panthers. Mandi Miles, Kally Blake, Olivia Sunlin, Natasha Eby and Kaela Weber followed. The top five were separated by 41 seconds.

“It wasn’t their best performance of the year, but it was definitely a solid showing,” the coach said. “It was a very difficult field. Our girls went out and competed, and competed well.”

In the junior varsity boys race, Tiler Streets led the Panthers to a team championship, winning the race in 18:04. Overall, the boys JV had 10 season best times and seven personal bests. They took four of the top six spots and five of the top 10.

Also notably, the Panthers’ combined time was 5 ½ minutes faster than last year, or more than a minute apiece for the top five runners.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased,” Sauser said.

Three Panthers ran in the JV girls race, led by Taylor Reth, who was 43rd.

Monticello will compete in the Western Dubuque Invitational Thursday, Sept. 27. Race times are 4:30 p.m. for grades 7-8, 5 p.m. for the varsity girls, 5:30 p.m. for the varsity boys, 6 p.m. for JV girls and 6:05 p.m. for JV boys.

Sept. 22

Anamosa Invitational

(at Central Park)


1, Monticello 16; 2, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 94; 3, Tipton 102; 4, Solon 114; 5, Davenport Assumption 148; 6, Cascade 155; 7, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 160; 8, DeWitt Central 209; 9, North Cedar 254; 10, Anamosa 273; 11, Alburnett 315.


1, Michael Melchert, 16:29; 2, Ben Ahlrichs, 17:01; 3, Dallas Lumpa, 17:01; 4, J.J. Frawley, 17:08; 6, Nick Meyers, 17:30; 10, Jordan Loes, 17:58; 11, Anthony Kinley, 18:00.


1, Davenport Assumption 44; 2, Solon 56; 3, Cascade 74; 4, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 109; 5, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 1128; 6, Monticello 147; 7, DeWitt Central 170; 8, Anamosa 195; 9, Springville 241.


22, Jazmine Reynolds, 17:24; 28, Mandi Miles, 17:42; 29, Kally Blake, 17:45; 32, Olivia Sunlin, 17:58; 36, Natasha Eby, 18:05; 53, Kaela Weber, 19:38.


1, Monticello 25; 2, Solon 54; 3, Davenport Assumption 67; 4, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 107; 5, Tipton 146; 6, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 157; 7, DeWitt Central 160; 8, Anamosa 249.


1, Tiler Streets, 18:04; 2, Matt Manternach, 18:53; 5, Derek Manternach, 19:06; 6, Dearzae Fasnacht, 19:15; 10, Zach Holmes, 19:36; 15, Jacob Bergman, 19:53; 18, Dalton Husmann, 19:57.


1, Davenport Assumption 30; 2, Solon 35; 3, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 101; 4, DeWitt Central 111; 5, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 122; 6, Anamosa 132. (Monticello had an incomplete team.)


43, Taylor Reth, 21:10; 51, Nicole Stevens, 21:35; 85, Jordan Lambert, 24:22.

PHOTO: Ben Ahlrichs (right) and Dallas Lumpa run the Central Park course Sept. 22. (Photo courtesy of Dianna Rucker)