Top-half finishes for Monti at State

Carter Kurt runs the anchor leg of the boys’ 4x800 relay Thursday. (Photo by Pete Temple)
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

   Four Monticello entries competed, and earned top-half finishes, at the State Class 2A Boys Track and Field Meet May 19-21 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

   The Panthers’ best finish came in Thursday’s 4x800-meter relay, where Harrison Ahlrichs, Ian Temple, Caleb Sauser and Carter Kurt finished sixth in 8:23.72. It earned Monticello three points.

   “It was a season-best effort for these guys,” Monticello coach Greg Williams said. “I thought we might place a little higher, but it is always a great feeling getting medals at the state meet.”

   Assistant coach Donnie Kremer agreed: “I thought they did a good job of competing and running well.”

   On Friday, Ty Jesenovec ran 10th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.91.

   “Ty went for broke,” Williams said. “He ran a big PR (personal record) even after hitting a hurdle. I know he would have placed (in the top eight) had he not hit the second-to-last hurdle.”

   Preston Ries competed in the long jump, finishing 11th with a leap of 20-foot-6.

   “The long jump in 2A was a very competitive field,” Williams said. “Preston’s first trip to State was a great learning experience. He just didn’t hit that big jump that he needed to make the finals.”

   Ahlrichs ended the meet for the Panthers with the 800-meter run on Saturday morning, finishing in 2:03.43 to take 11th place.

   “Harrison ended his season with a personal best,” Williams said. “I hope we can build on that for next year.”

   Kremer added: “I think we have a really good group coming back, and hopefully we can make some noise next year down at the state meet.”





May 19-21

State Class 2A

Boys Track and

Field Meet

(at Drake Stadium,

Des Moines


     Long jump: 11, Preston Ries, 20-6.

     4x800: 6, Monticello (Harrison Ahlrichs, Ian Temple, Caleb Sauser, Carter Kurt), 8:23.72.

     400 hurdles: 10, Ty Jesenovec, 56.19.

     800: 11, Harrison Ahlrichs, 2:03.43.



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