Panthers do well in tough conditions

Posted April 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Fighting off this spring’s unseasonable weather has been a task for all high school athletic teams in Eastern Iowa.

The Monticello girls track and field team seems to be handling it as well as most.

The Panthers had a pair of meets in unpleasant conditions recently, but had a number of highlights in each.

First was the Dyersville Beckman Invitational April 5. No team scores were kept, but the Panthers placed in 11 events, including victories by Kaylee Jones in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash events.

“This was our first outdoor meet of the season, and a cold and windy one that we knew would test the girls,” Reade said. “We were very pleased with the results of some of the relays, in particular the distance medley and the 4×100.

“Kaylee Jones continues to run well, as she won the 100 and 200 against a pretty good field. Traci Plummer improved her best shot put throw by two feet.”

Monticello then traveled to the Anamosa Early Bird meet April 9, and finished fourth in a field of 12 teams. Defending Class 2A state champion Cascade won the meet with 146.5 points. West Delaware was second with 125.5, and Anamosa took third with 95.

“Again, the conditions were not conducive for typical running, but the girls had some pretty good things happen regardless,” Reade said. “We had a few sick or injured girls that night, so we had to readjust some relays, but those girls stepped in nicely.”

Among those achieving season bests in their events were Jones, Plummer, Brooke Holub, Sonya McCormick, Abby Schmerbach, Taylor Reth and Ellen Schlarmann.

Jones again won the 100, in 12.68 seconds. Brooke Holub finished second in the shot put.

The Panthers had a pair of top-four finishers in the 800, as Ellen Schlarmann ran second in 2:36.86, and Abby Schmerbach was fourth in 2:40.27.

April 5

Dy. Beckman meet

(No team scores kept)


100: 1, Kaylee Jones, 13.26.

200: 1, Kaylee Jones, 27.32; 4, Rachel Gadient, 28.21.

400: 7, Jazmine Reynolds, 1:09.47.

800: 8, Ellen Schlarmann, 2:39.03.

1,500: 6, Kally Blake, 5:58.37.

4×100: 3, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 53.00.

4×800: 7, Monticello (Jazmine Reynolds, Calli McQuillen, Kally Blake, Mandi Miles), 11:42.66.

Distance medley: 3, Monticello (Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient, Ellen Schlarmann), 4:38.72.

High jump: 3(tie), Rachel Gadient, 4-8.

Long jump: 6, Abby Schmerbach, 14-0.

Discus: 8, Sonya McCormick, 99-3.

April 9

Anamosa Early Bird


1, Cascade 146.5; 2, West Delaware 125.5; 3, Anamosa 95; 4, Monticello 86; 5, Independence 68; 6, Clear Creek-Amana 67; 7, Tipton 59.5; 8, Dyersville Beckman 42.5; 9, North Cedar 41; 10, Maquoketa Valley 30; 11, Midland 10; 12, Central City 4.


100: 1, Kaylee Jones, 12.68.

400: 8, Taylor McDonough, 1:10.86.

800: 2, Ellen Schlarmann, 2:36.86; 4, Abby Schmerbach, 2:40.27.

1,500: 7, Kally Blake, 5:54.46.

3,000: 7, Taylor Reth, 13:48.98.

400 hurdles: 4, Mandi Miles, 1:15.62.

4×200: 4, Monticello (Rachel Gadient, Jazmine Reynolds, Sonya McCormick, Kaylee Jones), 1:51.02.

4×800: 5, Monticello (Jazmine Reynolds, Kally Blake, Calli McQuillen, Taylor McDonough), 11:17.87.

Sprint medley: 3, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Rachel Gadient, Jazmine Reynolds, Sonya McCormick), 2:01.58.

Distance medley: 3, Monticello (Abby Schmerbach, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Mandi Miles, Ellen Schlarmann), 4:44.77.

High jump: 7, Rachel Gadient, 4-6.

Long jump: 4, Abby Schmerbach, 14-8.

Shot put: 2, Brooke Holub, 35-5.

Discus: 5, Sonya McCormick, 101-11.


1,500: 5, Sammy Ahlrichs, 6:35.46.

4×100: 4, Monticello, 1:00.24.

4×200: 4, Monticello, 2:11.20.

Sprint medley: 3, Monticello (Kaitlyn Jacobs, Becca Burmahl, Courtney Adams, Taylor McDonough), 2:14.61.

Shot put: 1, Traci Plummer, 30-3.5.

PHOTO: Abby Schmerbach competes in the long jump for Monticello at the Anamosa meet April 9. (Photo by Pete Temple)