It’s official: Girls are third

Posted October 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

OCT. 31 SPORTS COLUMN — PETE TEMPLE

It’s official.

Due to a number of scoring discrepancies and circumstances, members of the Monticello girls cross country team spent the weekend wondering whether their remarkable rise to a third place trophy at State would stick.

It did. The Panthers finished third, and will remain third.

There have been a number of scoring results posted. The original one had Monticello tying Cascade for third place, with Monticello getting the nod because its sixth runner, Olivia Sunlin, finished well ahead of Cascade’s sixth runner.

Then, another result came out showing Cascade in 13th place. A third one came back and had Cascade in third place, listed two points ahead of fourth place Monticello.

In a nutshell, here is what happened:

• A Cascade runner suffered a fractured hip during the race, but managed to finish. Teammates went back to cheer her on, act and went back over the finish line, disrupting the timing system.

One of those times was re-recorded, and that girl’s “second finish” was counted in the scoring instead of her first one, adding a bunch of points to Cascade’s scoring and knocking the Cougars back to 13th place.

• When that error was discovered, the individual times were realigned. Somehow, during that process, Cassi Britt’s placing got moved behind a girl from Mediapolis, adding points to Monticello’s score and putting Cascade ahead of the Panthers.

The final word came down Monday morning in an e-mail to Monticello coach Dan Sauser from John Overton, assistant director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. In part, it reads:

“After review of the video … we are ready to declare and say that Monticello was the third place team and Cascade was fourth.

“The main problem was in timing … when several Cascade girls went back over the plate at the finish to cheer on a teammate, it caused problems with the primary (system). After going through the video and the times, we were able to determine the proper places, and it came out with a tie for the two schools, and using the sixth place runner as a tie-breaker, Monticello ends up with third place.”

Panther records broken

Three Monticello High School football records were broken during the Panthers’ 35-0 season-ending win over Northeast Oct. 19, resigned coach Shane Blake said.

First of all, the Panthers broke the single-game rushing record by rushing for 444 yards. That broke a record that was set in 1963 by Don Holmes, John McElmeel, Jerry Long and Ron Richardson.

Also, the team’s total offense was 543 yards, beating the record of 501 that was set in 2005.

Senior linebacker Logan McQuillen broke a 49-year-old Monticello record by recording 113 tackles this season. That eclipsed the mark of 109 set way back in 1953 by Glenn Rickels.

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