Split squad: Panthers send teams to Ames, Fillmore

Posted September 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

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PHOTO: Jazmine Reynolds (front) competes for Monticello in the Roosevelt Heartland Classic Sept. 21 in Ames. (Photo courtesy of Brian Ahlrichs)

CROSS COUNTRY

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Last week’s unusual cross country meet scheduling was all about one thing: experience.

Monticello’s varsity teams got to experience what it was like to run against several of the biggest and best schools in the Midwest.

Meanwhile, the Panther JV teams were bumped up a class, competing at the varsity level during the annual, grueling Cascade Invitational.

Monticello coach Dan Sauser made the arrangements after the Cedar Rapids Prairie meet was cancelled due to heat back on Aug. 31. It was the only meet on the MHS schedule that involved several, larger schools. With the top-ranked Panther boys often overmatching their usual opponents, they wanted a shot at the big boys.

They got it, as Sauser found the Roosevelt-Heartland Classic, which was run Sept. 21 at the Iowa State University course Ames.

It was tough competition for the Panthers, who finished 10th out of 33 teams in the boys race, and 27th out of 30 in the girls event.

“It was nice to get into a meet with big-school competition,” Sauser said. “You’re going to get pulled into a faster pace. I was pleased with the way they responded.”

Michael Melchert led the boys with a 14th place finish.

For the girls, six of seven runners had season best times, and the other one missed by one second.

“I’m pleased with the progress that the girls have made,” the coach said.

On Sept. 20, the rest of the team competed in the Cascade Invitational. With JV runners taking the varsity spots, the results weren’t what Monticello is used to; 12th place for the boys and 15th for the girls.

“It was good for them to experience a varsity race,” Sauser said. “They competed well, and ran some good times on a difficult course.”

Three Panthers – Garrett Nietert, Jacob Zirkelbach and Luke Knipper – had season-best times despite the hilly course.

Central Park meet

Monticello will return to its regular schedule Saturday, with its traditional appearance in the Anamosa Invitational Saturday, Sept. 27 at Central Park.

Race times have been altered slightly from what was set before the season. The schedule is now:

Middle school girls at 8:30 a.m., middle school boys at 8:55 a.m., varsity girls at 9:30 a.m., varsity boys at 9:55 a.m., JV girls at 10:30 a.m., and JV boys at 10:55 a.m.

Sept. 20

Cascade Inv.

(at Fillmore Fairways)

VARSITY BOYS TEAM SCORES

1, Cedar Rapids Xavier 58; 2, Center Point-Urbana 66; 3, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 90; 4, Marion 138; 5, Western Dubuque 149; 6, Davenport Assumption 152; 7, Iowa City Regina 204; 8, West Delaware 208; 9, Cascade 224; 10, DeWitt Central 244; 11, Maquoketa 272; 12, Monticello 335*, 13, Edgewood-Colesburg 335; 14, Clinton Prince of Peace 344; 15, Dyersville Beckman 473; 16, Alburnett 476.

* - Monticello wins tie-breaker by virtue of higher-placing sixth runner.

MONTICELLO RESULTS

41, Zach Holmes, 19:16; 69, Jacob Bergman, 20:32; 70, Treyton Hanssen, 20:33; 73, Tyler Hospodarsky, 20:42; 82, Justin Dirks, 21:05; 86, Noah Steiner, 21:15; 90; Tyler Boheman, 21:44.

VARSITY GIRLS TEAM SCORES

1, Davenport Assumption 27; 2, Cedar Rapids Xavier 80; 3, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 87; 4, Cascade 110; 5, Iowa City Regina 174; 6, Western Dubuque 180; 7, West Delaware 189; 8, DeWitt Central 210; 9, Starmont 252; 10, Durant 258; 11, Marion 277; 12, Center Point-Urbana 297; 13, Anamosa 314; 14, Dyersville Beckman 414; 15, Monticello 422; 16, Maquoketa Valley 456.

MONTICELLO RESULTS

78, McKenna Kremer, 20:15; 83, Krysten Tighe, 20:43; 84, Jaycie Nagel, 20:44; 87, Kaela Weber, 20:57; 90, Austyn Helgens, 21:01; 92, Taylor Reth, 21:05; 93, Darby Kramer, 21:06.

JV BOYS TEAM SCORES

(Classes 1A-2A)

1, Iowa City Regina 28; 2, Monticello 29.

MONTICELLO RESULTS

1, Garrett Nietert, 21:06; 4, Ty Leibold, 21:58; 7, Donovan Recker, 22:36; 8, Jacob Lindauer, 22:50; 9, Jacob Zirkelbach, 23:09; 10, Ryan Holub, 23:10; 11, Kyle Folken, 23:15.

JV GIRLS TEAM SCORES

1, Iowa City Regina 20; 2, Monticello 51; 3, Starmont 56.

MONTICELLO RESULTS

6, Katy Blake, 21:49; 8, Andrea Manternach, 22:31; 11, Jessalyn Kromminga, 22:39; 12, Josie Kinley, 23:42; 14, Sammy Ahlrichs, 25:35; 15, Emma Tuetken, 25:54; 16, Rashida Jones, 26:03.

Sept. 21

Roosevelt Heartland

Classic

(at Ames)

VARSITY BOYS TOP 10

1, Edina (Minn.) 134; 2, Johnston 168; 3, Cedar Rapids Prairie 176; 4, S.F. Lincoln (S.D.) 181; 5, Fremont (Neb.) 198; 6, Waukee 211; 7, Cedar Falls 242; 8, West Des Moines Dowling 262; 9, Wichita North (Kan.) 266; 10, Monticello 286.

(33 schools had complete teams)

MONTICELLO RESULTS

14, Michael Melchert, 16:14.6; 38, Nick Meyers, 16:46.6; 55, Ben Ahlrichs, 17:02.5; 72, Jordan Loes, 17:08.1; 107, Matt Manternach, 17:30.1; 129; Derek Manternach, 17:46.5; 136, Anthony Kinley, 17:50.3.

VARSITY GIRLS TOP 10

1, West Des Moines Dowling 81; 2, Ames 84; 3, Iowa City West 144; 4, Waukee 182; 5, Johnston 185; 6, Maize (Kan.) 221; 7, Linn-Mar 235; 8, Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) 260; 9, Pella 268; 10, Shawnee Miss. NW (Kan.) 300.

Other

27, Monticello 640,

(30 schools had complete teams)

MONTICELLO RESULTS

62, Ellen Schlarmann, 15:52.5; 123, Natasha Eby, 16:42.3; 130, Jazmine Reynolds, 16:49.4; 154, Mandi Miles, 17:06.8; 171, Abby Schmerbach, 17:17.0; 196, Jacqueline Petersen, 18:07.1; 199, Olivia Sunlin, 18:21.7.

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