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April 15, 2014

Panthers sweep Co-Ed Relays

The Mt. Pleasant Panthers boys’ and girls’ track program swept the team races at the Centerville Co-Ed Relays last Thursday.

The girls won with a team total of 215 while the boys took home a combined team score of 131, narrowly edging the Albia boys’ team who ended the night with 128 points.

Centerville placed fifth in each team race.

The Big Reds’ Graydon Schmidt and Kolton Gonnerman swept the top-two spots of the boys’ long jump. Schmidt’s best jump was 19’5” while Gonnerman’s was 19’2”.

Centerville had two other runner-up finishes on the night from the boys’ squad.

Michael Firkins recorded a toss of 144’4” in the discus for second place. Schmidt recorded a time of 15.4 seconds to finish second in the 110 meter hurdles race.

Cassidy Schacher was the lone Redette to finish in the top-two on Thursday. She was second in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 12:21.1.

The Wayne Lady Falcons took third overall in the girls’ team race.

Wayne highlighted the night with one event victory and two runner-ups.

Freshman Demi Austin played a part in all three of those top-two finishes.

Austin was victorious in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.9 seconds. She finished second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.1 seconds. Austin also was part of the second place finishing sprint medley relay team. Karna Hampton, Shania Austin, Demi and Olivia Byrns recorded a time of 2:01.7 in the event.

“This was a tough meet for us since we were competing against several schools that are much bigger than us,” Wayne girls’ track coach Bart Elliott said. “So, I was very pleased we scored 74 points and finished third place out of 13 teams. We got a great performance out of freshman Demi Austin. Demi has amazing natural ability, but it doesn’t stop there, she works very hard to improve by at tented speed and agility and coming into the weight room on her own.”

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