Panthers perform well on tricky Maquoketa course

Karle Kramer runs her way to a sixth place individual finish for Monticello in the Maquoketa Invitational. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Panther runners (from front) Jacob Miller, Dylan Ponder and Grant Hospodarsky negotiate a hill during the Maquoketa meet Aug. 29.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     It was a winding, tricky course with multiple hairpin turns, but the Monticello High School cross country teams negotiated it well on a beautiful Saturday morning, as the Panthers were third in both the boys’ and girls’ varsity races at the Maquoketa Invitational Aug. 29.

     “That was not an easy course to run on,” Monticello coach Dan Sauser said, “but they did well on it.”

     Monticello’s runners racked up seven personal best times, and 39 of the 43 Panthers who competed improved upon their times from the time trial runoff three days earlier.

     The boys scored 81 points, finishing behind Center Point-Urbana (54) and Mount Vernon/Lisbon 72). They were led by Jasper Nietert, who finished fourth individually with a time of 17 minutes, 24.0 seconds.

     Zach Chapman was ninth, and Carter Kurt was 12th.

     “Jasper ran like he wants to be one of the best runners in the area if not the state,” Sauser said. “Other than Jasper, we need to work on having a more aggressive start, to go out and attack that course. That’s going to be our next step.”

     Jacob Miller finished 36th overall, and ran a personal record time of 19:44.0.

     The Panther girls, Sauser said, “went out a little more aggressively than the boys. It was a solid start to the season.”

     Mount Vernon/Lisbon won the girls’ race with 59 points, Davenport Assumption was second with 70, and the Panthers were third with 89.

     Karle Kramer and Emma Althoff finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with Kramer at 21:01.8 and Althoff at 21:03.6.

     “They’re going to be up there every single time,” the coach said.

     Lydia Recker finished 24th, and Triniti Etzel was 27th, knocking 3:04 off her time trial finish.

     Sauser said the gap between the first and fifth runners was 2:53.

     “That was too much,” he said. “That’s something we’ll need to get going on.”

Junior varsity

     The Panther boys finished second in their junior varsity race, led by Ian Temple, who was fifth overall in 19:19.1. Temple was one of five Panthers to run personal record times; the others were Cord Nietert, Hayden Tompkins, Alex Oswald and Marcus Sunlin.

     Two others bettered their time trial result by more than 4:40, Keagan Glawatz and Nathan Sauser.

     For the JV girls, Ella Glawatz was seventh overall, and is “running exceptionally well,” Sauser said. Savannah Freese was ninth in a personal record time.

     “I think they will continue to push for varsity positions,” the coach said.

Iowa City meet

     The Panthers will run in the Iowa City meet Sept. 3. The times have been changed, as the meet will be divided into two groups. Monticello’s girls will run at 5:30 p.m., and the boys at 6:15 p.m., at Kickers Soccer Park. Varsity and JV teams will run together.


Aug. 29

Maquoketa Inv.


     1, Center Point-Urbana 54; 2, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 72; 3, Monticello 81; 4, Davenport Assumption 109; 5, Bellevue 125; 6, Cascade 127; 7, Jesup 134; 8, Davenport West 204.


     4, Jasper Nietert, 17:24.0; 9, Zach Chapman, 18:21.1; 12, Carter Kurt, 18:24.8; 23, Harrison Ahlrichs, 18:54.5; 34, Dylan Ponder, 19:43.0; 35, Grant Hospodarsky, 19:43.4; 36, Jacob Miller, 19:44.0.


     1, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 59; 2, Davenport Assumption 70; 3, Monticello 89; 4, Jesup 102; 5, Davenport West 111; 6, Marion 116; 7, Center Point-Urbana 124; 8, Maquoketa 214.


     6, Karle Kramer, 21:01.8; 7, Emma Althoff, 21:03.6; 24, Lydia Recker, 22:54.2; 27, Triniti Etzel, 23:06.2; 31, Katie Roher, 23:54.3; 51, Mya Postel, 25:13.0; 53, Rylee Kraus, 25:41.2.


     1, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 17; 2, Monticello 53; 3, Center Point-Urbana 72; 4, Jesup 112; 5, Davenport Assumption 126.


     5, Ian Temple, 19:19.1; 8, Keegan Freese, 19:44.3; 10, Chesney Capron, 20:03.9; 14, Ian Lorenzen, 20:25.6; 16, Levi Temple, 20:40.8; 18, Cord Nietert, 20:46.1; 22, Jayden Orcutt, 21:03.1; 23, Hayden Tomkins, 21:04.4, 34, Caden Ungs, 21:47.7; 36, Erlin Bell, 21:51.8; 38, Walker Spence, 22:06.8; 45, Dominik Chally, 22:23.4; 51, Trey Kuper, 22:54.2; 54, Nathan Sauser, 23:02.0; 59, Noah Webber, 23:20.2; 60, Keegan Glawatz, 23:22.4; 62, Brock Westphal, 23:32.7; 63, Alex Oswald, 23:35.6; 67, Connor Hynick, 23:59.6; 72, Mark Sunlin, 24:44.4.


     1, Mount Vernon/Lisbon 48; 2, Marion 50; 3, Jesup 65; 4, Monticello 74; 5, Davenport Assumption 124; 6, Maquoketa 165.


     7, Ella Glawatz, 25:15.5; 9, Savannah Freese, 25:30.2; 20, Emily Hendricks, 26:41.3; 21, Faith Hansen, 26:56.9; 22, Jackie Stadtmueller, 27:07.4; 31, Maddie Stadtmueller, 28:14.9; 33, Dru Kramer, 28:33.2; 50, Kehde Campbell, 32:40.9.



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