By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
It was all about the experience for the members of the Monticello girls track team that made the trip to Des Moines for the Drake Relays.
“I thought the girls had a great experience at Drake, and they had fun seeing what the hype was all about,” Monticello coach Darren Reade said.
The Panthers competed in two events at the meet, held April 25-27 at Drake Stadium.
Kaylee Jones competed in the 100-meter dash preliminaries. She finished second in her heat, with a time of 13.06 seconds, but missed out on being one of the eight qualifiers for the finals by .01 of a second, taking ninth place overall.
“Kaylee was fighting a bit of a bug all of last week, which I’m confident was the only thing that kept her out of the finals,” Reade said. “It’s still a pretty huge honor to be the ninth-fastest girl in the State of Iowa.”
The 4×100 relay team of Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick and Rachel Gadient finished in a time of 51.82 seconds. The 4×100 is a unique event at Drake, with 80 total teams competing in 10 heats. Overall, the Panther team finished 44th.
“It was encouraging to see them run the same time at Drake that qualified them, but there are a few things we can do to make them even faster,” the coach said. “So much of that race is in the handoffs, so that will be our main focus as we prepare for regionals.”
Reade added that he appreciated the support of parents, teachers and other coaches; as well as girls from the track team, calling or texting to see how the girls did.
“It’s nice to see that support,” he said.
Prior to Drake, the Panthers finished sixth in the Anamosa Invitational April 23, totaling 69 points. Monticello had three victories: Jones in the 100, 12.48; Brooke Holub in the shot put, 35-foot-6; and the sprint medley relay team of Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick and Rachel Gadient in 1:57.24.
“Brooke Holub broke her PR (personal record) again,” Reade said. “Traci Plummer threw equal to her best of the season. The sprint medley ran its best time of the season, as did the distance medley. Becca Burmahl also ran her best time of the season in the 100 hurdles.”
(at Drake Stadium,
100: 9, Kaylee Jones, 13.06.
4×100: 44, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 51.82.
1, West Delaware 129; 2, Cascade 127; 3 (tie) Anamosa 88 and North-Linn 88; 5, Starmont 72; 6, Monticello 69; 7, Independence 58; 8, West Liberty 47; 9, Tipton 39; 10, Maquoketa Valley 21.
4×800: 5, Monticello (Jazmine Reynolds, Taylor McDonough, Mandi Miles, Kally Blake), 11:00.30.
100: 1, Kaylee Jones, 12.48.
Distance medley: 4, Monticello (Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient, Ellen Schlarmann), 4:34.34.
100 hurdles: 6, Becca Burmahl, 17.71.
800: 5, Kally Blake, 2:42.58; 6, Jazmine Reynolds, 2:46.54.
400 hurdles: 4, Mandi Miles, 1:16.05.
Sprint medley: 1, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 1:57.24.
Shot put: 1, Brooke Holub, 35-6.
Long jump: 5, Abby Schmerbach, 14-4.
Discus: 5, Sonya McCormick, 105-9; 7, Becca Burmahl, 100-1.
High jump: 3 (tie), Rachel Gadient, 4-10.
PHOTO: Rachel Gadient (left) gets and baton from Sonya McCormick in the 4×100 at the Drake Relays April 26. (Photo by Pete Temple)