Panther boys, girls take their talents to Central Park race

Posted October 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

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PHOTO: Ben Ahlrichs of Monticello runs along the scenic course at Central Park during the Anamosa Invitational Sept. 28. (Photo courtesy of Daryl Schepanski, Anamosa Journal-Eureka)


By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Times were somewhat slower for the Monticello Panthers as they ran in the Anamosa Invitational Saturday, Sept. 28 at Central Park.

Fortunately for the Panthers, times were slower across the board, not just for Monticello’s runners.

“It was not an easy day to run at all,” Monticello coach Dan Sauser said, attributing the times to warmer-than-expected temperature and a steady wind.

Despite that, the top-ranked Panther boys continued the dominance they have displayed virtually all season, totaling just 23 points to win the team title by 66 points over Mount Vernon/Lisbon.

Despite losing Nick Meyers partway through the race due to an injury, the Panthers had five of the top 10 runners and six of the top 13.

Michael Melchert was the individual champion, with a time of 16:24, Ben Ahlrichs was third and Jordan Loes was fourth.

“Our boys ran another solid race,” Sauser said. “It was good to get back in the small race environment to work on some things.

“Nick had a minor leg injury, but the boys didn’t let it get to them. It was nice to see them step up and give us the boost we needed. Jordan Loes ran extremely well. He is getting to the next level.”

The Panther girls were sixth overall, the same spot in which they finished at Central Park a year ago.

“It was a tough meet for the varsity girls,” the coach said, noting that champion Davenport Assumption had five of the top 10 runners. “We like these competitive meets. We’ll take as many positives as we can here.”

One of those came from Ellen Schlarmann, who placed eighth overall. Monticello had three runners in the top 30, as Natasha Eby was 25th and Jazmine Reynolds placed 29th. Abby Schmerbach suffered a slight knee injury during the race but finished.

In the JV races, Monticello just missed winning the boys race, losing to Mount Vernon/Lisbon by four points. Zach Holmes won the race, Dalton Husmann was fifth and Treyton Hanssen was 10th.

“Getting Dalton back was a nice boost,” Sauser said. “And Treyton ran a PR (personal record) on an extremely difficult day to run. He is progressing rapidly.”

Four members of the JV boys team had season best times: Husmann, Hansen, Jacob Zirkelbach and Kyle Folken.

For the JV girls McKenna Kremer ran 16th and Jaycie Nagel was 20th as the Panthers finished fifth as a team.

“McKenna has been the most consistent runner on the JV (girls) team,” Sauser said. “And Jaycie was our 11th runner, and now she’s ninth. It was another good race for the girls.”

Next up is the Western Dubuque Invitational Thursday, Oct. 3 in Epworth. Race times are 4:30 p.m. for middle school boys and girls, 5 p.m. for varsity girls, 5:30 p.m. for varsity boys, 6 p.m. for JV girls and 6:05 p.m. for JV boys.

Sept. 28

Anamosa Invitational

(at Central Park)


1, Monticello 23; 2, Mount Vernon-Lisbon 89; 3, Solon 100*; 4, Fort Madison 100; 5, Tipton 130; 6, Davenport Assumption 143; 7, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 176; 8, Cascade 188; 9, Bellevue Marquette 231; 10, DeWitt Central 252; 11, Springville/Central City 312.


1, Michael Melchert, 16:24; 3, Ben Ahlrichs, 17:20; 4, Jordan Loes, 17:30; 7, Matt Manternach, 18:08; 8, Derek Manternach, 18:11; 13, Anthony Kinley, 18:36.


1, Davenport Assumption 22; 2, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 87; 3, Solon 94; 4, Cascade 99; 5, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 130; 6, Monticello 134; 7, DeWitt Central 150; 8, Springville/Central City 215; 9, Anamosa 242; 10, Bellevue Marquette 284.


8, Ellen Schlarmann, 16:56; 25, Natasha Eby, 17:45; 29, Jazmine Reynolds, 18:04; 31, Mandi Miles, 18:10; 41, Jacqueline Petersen, 19:04; 48, Olivia Sunlin, 19:30; 55, Abby Schmerbach, 20:49.


1, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 41; 2, Monticello 45; 3, Solon 86; 4, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 87; 5, Davenport Assumption 116; 6, Tipton 151; 7, Bellevue Marquette 191; 8, DeWitt Central 232.


1, Zach Holmes, 19:00; 5, Dalton Husmann, 19:40; 10, Treyton Hanssen, 20:19; 14, Justin Dirks, 20:47; 15, Jacob Bergman, 20:47; 18, Tyler Hospodarsky, 21:02; 27, Tyler Boheman, 21:44.


1, DeWitt Central 30; 2, Davenport Assumption 59; 3, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 74; 4, Solon 100; 5, Monticello 131; 6, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 172; 7, Anamosa 200.


16, McKenna Kremer, 20:07; 20, Jaycie Nagel, 20:31; 22, Austyn Helgens, 20:42; 36, Krysten Tighe, 21:38; 37, Kaela Weber, 21:44; 38, Darby Kramer, 21:52; 39, Taylor Reth, 21:59.