Monroe City High School (MCHS) hosted the Class 2 District 4 Track and Field event on May 8. Spectators filled Lankford Field as they watched the Monroe City Panthers Boys Team win the First Place District Title. The Clark County Girls Team placed First, with Monroe City Girls Team placing fourth. MCHS will host sectionals for Class 1 and Class 2 Track and Field competitions on Saturday, May 15 at Lankford Field beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monroe City will see 20 athletes advance in the Class 2 competitions with the boys’ team competing in 15 events and the girls team competing in 7 events.
Boys Track Head Coach David Kirby explained the CCC helped prepare his team, stating, “I was really happy with the way all the boys performed. Every kid showed up and competed to the best of their abilities. Logan Lucas was our sole individual conference champ, winning the 3200m relay. Josh Talton, Kyle Hays, Jaylyn Countryman, and Josiah Talton teamed up to win the 4x400m relay. It was a good meet to prepare us for districts.”
Boys team members placing in the top eight and earning points to win First place were: Cameron Jones-100m dash, fourth place; Josiah Talton-200m dash, second place; Elmer Martinez-200m dash, fourth place; Jaylyn Countryman-400m run, sixth place; Kyle Hays-400m run, seventh place; Kabott Harlan-800m run, fourth place; Jackson Wheeler-800m run, seventh place; Kabott Harlan-1600m run, second place; Logan Lucas-1600m run, fourth place; Logan Lucas-3200m run, first place; Kaleb Griffin-3200m run, third place; Aaron Plumb-110m Hurdles, fourth place; Aaron Plumb-300m Hurdles, fifth place; 4x100m relay-Elmer Martinez, Joshua Talton, Waylon DeGrave and Cameron Jones, third place; 4x200m relay-Elmer Martinez, Waylon DeGrave, Joshua Talton and Josiah Talton, second place; 4x400m relay-Joshua Talton, Jaylyn Countryman, Kabott Harlan and Josiah Talton, first place; and 4x800m relay-Jackson Wheeler, Logan Lucas, Kaleb Griffin and Kabott Griffin, third place. In field events, those placing were: Jaylyn Countryman-High Jump, seventh place; Connor Pfaff-Pole Vault, second place and Javelin, third place; Waylon DeGrave-Long Jump, third place and Triple Jump, fifth place; Josiah Talton-Triple Jump, second place; and Joshua Talton-Discus, fourth.
Girls team members placing in the top eight and earning points to win fourth place were: Abigail Smith-400m run, fifth place; Jaelynn Clark-400m run, seventh place; Emmalee Williams-800m run, second; Ella Hays-1600m run, fifth; Hannah Wheeler-1600m run, sixth; Ella Hays-3200m run, fourth; Carly Youngblood-100m Hurdles, third place; Lexie Birt-300m Hurdles, first place; Carly Youngblood-300m Hurdles, fourth; 4x400 relay-Abigail Smith, Lauren Smith, Lexie Birt and Emmalee Williams, first place; and 4x800m relay-Lauren Smith, Hannah Wheeler, Ella Hays and Emmalee Williams, first place. In field events, those placing were: Carly Youngblood, Pole Vault, second place; and Riley Fortner-Pole Vault, sixth place.
Earlier in the week, the Monroe City track teams traveled to Clark County on May 4 for the Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) meet. The Boys Team placed second and the Girls Team placed fourth at the CCC meet.
Girls Head Coach Laura Mulvaney commented on the CCC meet, stating, “Carly Youngblood had a really good day. She has been a solid force in her events, but this year she has been consistently improving in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. She ran her personal best in both events at conference, which put her in a good position for Districts. Emmalee has been really working to bring her time down to the 2:20s in the 800m and was able to come away as conference champ in the race.
Our 4x400m and 4x800m relays have been a consistent force in our area. They have set goals of where each person on the relay wants to be, and have dedicated themselves to work to improve so that they can achieve their goals and eventually push them into post-season. The 4x400m team, consisting of Abigail Smith, Lauren Smith, Lexie Birt, and Emmalee Williams, have been really fun to watch and see how they improve this season. They came in secon to Centralia, but ran their best time all season. The 4x800m team of Lauren Smith, Hannah Jo Wheeler, Ella Hays, and Emmalee Williams have been teammates for a long time. They ran together in cross country and have been the same four all season in the 4x800m. They have worked hard to make themselves better, and they came away as conference and district champs in the relay.”
Those placing at the meet were: High Jump-Kylee Feldman, seventh and Waylon DeGrave fifth; Pole Vault-Carly Youngblood placed second, Riley Fortner placed sixth and Connor Pfaff placed third; Long Jump-
Abigail Smith placed sixth and Waylon DeGrave placed sixth; Triple Jump-Josiah Talton placed second and Waylon DeGrave placed fourth; Shot Put-Bo Patterson placed sixth; Discus-Emilee Lehenbauer placed seventh and Joshua Talton placed second; Javelin-Connor Pfaff placed sixth; 3200m Race-Ella Hays placed fifth, Isabella Stupavsky placed seventh, Logan Lucas placed first and Kaleb Griffin placed fifth; 4x800m Relay-Smith, Wheeler, Hays and Williams placed first and Griffin, Harlan, Lucas, Wheeler placed second; 100m Hurdles-Carly Youngblood placed second; 110m Hurdles-Aaron Plumb placed fourth; 100m dash-
Cameron Jones placed fifth; 4x200m relay-Gottman, Clark, Clark, Bichsel placed eighth and Jones, Talton, Martinez, Talton placed second; 1600m race-Ella Hays placed seventh and Hannah Wheeler placed eighth; 4x100m relay-Freidank, Fortner, Gottman, Clark placed eighth and Martinez, Talton, DeGrave, Jones placed third; 400m race-Abigail Smith placed sixth, Jaylyn Countryman placed fourth and Kyle Hays placed seventh; 300m Hurdles-Carly Youngblood placed third, Lexie Birt placed sixth, Aaron Plumb placed fourth and Keith Utterback placed seventh; 800m run-Emmalee Williams placed first, Kabott Harlan placed third and Kaleb Griffin placed seventh; 200m dash-Josiah Talton placed second and Elmer Martinez placed eighth; and 4x400m relay-Smith, Smith, Birt, Williams placed second and Harlan, Countryman, Talton, Talton placed first.