By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
Last week was a week to celebrate for the Monticello girls track and field team, particularly for senior Kaylee Jones.
The Panther sprinter not only qualified individually for the Drake Relays in the 100-meter dash, but was voted as KCRG-TV Athlete of the Week.
“Kaylee Jones has been so dominant so far this year,” Monticello assistant coach Terri Dirks said. “She has won every 100-meter dash with ease.
“She is the type of teammate and person that everyone would want on their team. Her talent and passion speak for themselves on the track.”
Also qualifying for Drake is the 4×100-meter relay team that includes Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient and Jones. The meet is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
A pair of meets at Tipton occupied the Panthers recently. At the Tigerette Relays April 12, Monticello finished fifth out of 13 teams, with 48.5 points.
Relay teams provided some of the highlights, as the Panther 4×200 and 4×400 teams both won their races. Jones also was a winner in the 100.
“This night was cold and windy, but the girls did a great job of pushing through the conditions and competing against the field of good teams,” Dirks said.
The Panthers went back to Tipton April 16, and ended up third in a field of eight schools.
Monticello again had three wins. Rachel Gadient won the high jump with a season-best height of 4-foot-10. The 4×100 was victorious, as was Jones in the 100, with a season-best time of 12.72 seconds.
Other season bests were recorded by Abby Schmerbach, Ellen Schlarmann, Kally Blake, Taylor McDonough, Mandi Miles and McCormick.
“I was so impressed by the entire team at this meet,” Dirks said. “It was the best night weather-wise we have had all year, and the girls took advantage of it.
“The majority of the girls’ times went down, and everyone’s confidence is growing. Field events brought us 34 points, which is awesome.”
Schmerbach was second in the long jump with a distance of 15-3.5, and Brooke Holub finished second in the shot put at 34-5.
1, Solon 119; 2, Cascade 116; 3, Northeast/East Central 79; 4, Clear Creek-Amana 52; 5, Monticello 48.5; 6, Camanche 46.5; 7, Springville 36; 8, West Liberty 33; 9, Maquoketa Valley 17; 10, Tipton 16; 11, Keokuk 12; 12, Iowa City Regina 10; 13, Preston 4.
100: 1, Kaylee Jones, 12.88.
800: 5, Ellen Schlarmann, 2:39.78.
400 hurdles: 3, Mandi Miles, 1:15.53.
High jump: 5 (tie), Rachel Gadient, 4-8.
Shot put: 5, Brooke Holub, 34-7.
4×200: 1, Monticello (Rachel Gadient, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Kaylee Jones), 1:52.03.
4×400: 1, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Ellen Schlarmann, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 4:28.47.
4×800: 3, Monticello (Abby Schmerbach, Kally Blake, Jazmine Reynolds, Ellen Schlarmann), 11:00.25.
JUNIOR VARSITY RESULTS
4×100: 6, Monticello (Amber Curran, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Shelby Holub, Courtney Adams), 1:03.73.
4×200: 6, Monticello (Courtney Adams, Shelby Holub, Amber Curran, Haley Stickfort), 2:14.23.
4×400: 2, Monticello (Jazmine Reynolds, Taylor McDonough, Sammy Ahlrichs, Mandi Miles), 4:55.27.
Sprint medley: 6, Monticello (Haley Stickfort, Shelby Holub, Amber Curran, Courtney Adams), 2:30.05.
1, Northeast/East Central 124; 2, West Branch 108; 3, Monticello 103; 4, Tipton 71; 5, Bellevue 64; 6, Mount Vernon 53; 7, Clayton Ridge 48; 8, Calamus-Wheatland 13.
100: 1, Kaylee Jones, 12.72.
400: 3, Ellen Schlarmann, 1:05.31.
800: 6, Kally Blake, 2:37.61.
1,500: 3, Ellen Schlarmann, 5:24.90.
Discus: 5, Sonya McCormick, 90-10.
High jump: 1, Rachel Gadient, 4-10.
Long jump: 2, Abby Schmerbach, 15-3.5.
Shot put: 2, Brooke Holub, 34-5.
4×100: 1, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 51.80.
4×200: 2, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 1:49.42.
4×400: 4, Monticello (Mandi Miles, Taylor McDonough, Kally Blake, Abby Schmerbach), 4:32.26.
4×800: 3, Monticello (Abby Schmerbach, Kally Blake, Jazmine Reynolds, Ellen Schlarmann), 10:45.83.
Distance medley: 4, Monticello (Mandi Miles, Becca Burmahl, Taylor McDonough, Jazmine Reynolds), 4:57.76.
JUNIOR VARSITY RESULTS
4×100: 3, Monticello (Haley Stickfort, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Shelby Holub, Courtney Adams), 1:00.93.
4×200: 2, Monticello (Courtney Adams, Shelby Holub, Kaela Weber, Haley Stickfort), 2:12.07.
4×400: 2, Monticello (Kaela Weber, Taylor Reth, Calli McQuillen, Sammy Ahlrichs), 4:57.29.
Distance medley: 1, Monticello (Haley Stickfort, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Calli McQuillen, Sammy Ahlrichs), 5:08.10.
PHOTO: Drake Relays qualifiers from the Monticello girls track team, from left: Taylor Guyer, Kaylee Jones, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient, and alternates Mandi Miles and Abby Schmerbach. (Photo by Pete Temple)