By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
Sometimes, the wait is worth it.
Monticello came out of the Class 2A regional meet Thursday, May 9 in Monticello knowing it had qualified three entries to State.
The Panthers had to wait until Friday to compete in the discus event, because a series of rainstorms and one long delay left it too dark to conduct the event Thursday. In the other events, Monticello finished third or below, so the team had to wait until results came in from across the state to see which entries qualified.
“With a pretty good district, I was fairly certain that a few more things would go,” Monticello coach Darren Reade said.
Over the weekend, the Panthers learned that six more entries made it, giving them 10 total entries in nine events. On top of that, Monticello finished third as a team. Reade said both of those results represent the best finishes in the seven years he has been coaching girls track.
“Overall, the girls did awesome,” Reade said. “I told the girls that we had the possibility to send quite a few things to State.
“The girls battled through the rainstorm and delay and really had a great meet all around.”
Included were three first place finishes, from Kaylee Jones in the 100, Mandi Miles in the 400-meter hurdles, and Brooke Holub in the shot put.
On Friday, Sonya McCormick placed second in the discus. Monticello also qualified by time in the following: Rachel Gadient in the 100, Ellen Schlarmann in the 1,500, and the 4×100, 4×200, sprint medley and distance medley relays.
The state meet will be Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Monticello also had a strong performance in the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet, which was postponed from May 2 and held May 6 at Edgewood.
The Panthers finished fourth overall.
“We had some really inspiring performances at the conference meet,” Reade said. “Our field events went crazy, scoring more than a fourth of our overall points.”
Brooke Holub beat her personal best in the shot put by four inches, while Sonya McCormick and Becca Burmahl finished one-two in the discus.
“Not only did they supercede my expectations of their final placings, they also destroyed their personal bests,” the coach said. “Becca broke hers by six feet, and Sonya by almost 15.”
Kaylee Jones ran the best time of her high school career, giving her the top time in Class 2A so far this season. Mandi Miles broke her PR in the 400 hurdles by two seconds.
Tri-Rivers Conf. Meet
1, Cascade 133; 2, North-Linn 120; 3, Starmont 85.5; 4, Monticello 82; 5, Edgewood-Colesburg 63; 6, Springville 33; 7, Maquoketa Valley 27.5; 8, East Buchanan 22; 9, Alburnett 21; 10, Central City 1.
100: 1, Kaylee Jones, 12.52; 2, Rachel Gadient, 12.95.
800: 6, Kally Blake, 2:39.17; 7, Jazmine Reynolds, 2:40.44.
1,500: 5, Ellen Schlarmann, 5:19.99.
3,000: 5, Taylor Reth, 13:59.67.
100 hurdles: 8, Becca Burmahl, 17.99.
400 hurdles: 5, Mandi Miles, 1:10.84.
4×200: 2, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 1:48.25.
4×400: 6, Monticello (Taylor McDonough, Abby Schmerbach, Sydney Owen, Mandi Miles), 4:27.16.
4×800: 3, Monticello (Taylor McDonough, Kally Blake, Calli McQuillen, Jazmine Reynolds), 10:48.71.
Sprint medley: 2, Monticello (Rachel Gadient, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Kaylee Jones), 1:56.41.
Distance medley: 5, Monticello (Taylor Guyer, Abby Schmerbach, Sonya McCormick, Ellen Schlarmann), 4:30.36.
Long jump: 3, Abby Schmerbach, 15-3.25.
Shot put: 2, Brooke Holub, 36-7.75.
Discus: 1, Sonya McCormick, 121-2.5; 2., Becca Burmahl, 108-8.
Class 2A Regional Meet
TEAM SCORES (not including discus)
1, Cascade 165; 2, Mount Vernon 98.5; 3, Monticello 85; 4, Hudson 81; 5, Denver 63; 6 (tie), Dike-New Hartford 53.5 and Dyersville Beckman 53.5; 8, Clayton Ridge 43; 9, Bellevue 42; 10, MFL MarMac 17.5; 11, Waterloo Columbus 15; 12, Alburnett 14.
(state qualifiers in bold)
100: 1, Kaylee Jones, 12.58; 3, Rachel Gadient, 13.03.
1,500: 7, Ellen Schlarmann, 5:17.37.
400 hurdles: 1, Mandi Miles, 1:10.42.
4×100: 3, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 52.70.
4×200: 3, Monticello (Kaylee Jones, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Rachel Gadient), 1:47.64.
4×400: 5, Monticello (Taylor McDonough, Jazmine Reynolds, Kally Blake, Abby Schmerbach), 4:26.49.
4×800: 6, Monticello (Taylor McDonough, Kally Blake, Calli McQuillen, Jazmine Reynolds), 10:54.54.
Sprint medley: 6, Monticello (Rachel Gadient, Taylor Guyer, Sonya McCormick, Kaylee Jones), 1:55.98.
Distance medley: 3, Monticello (Taylor Guyer, Abby Schmerbach, Mandi Miles, Ellen Schlarmann), 4:29.06.
Long jump: 4, Abby Schmerbach, 15-4.
Shot put: 1, Brooke Holub, 36-6.5; 6, Traci Plummer, 32-3.
Discus: 2, Sonya McCormick, 119-7; 6, Becca Burmahl, 106-5.
PHOTO: Brooke Holub shows the form that led to a first place finish in the shot put at the regional meet May 9 in Monticello. (Photo by Pete Temple)