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Panthers sweep home meet

Mt. Pleasant tops big schools, Danville-New London rolls

Mt. Pleasant’s Abby Blint battles to the finish line during the girls race at the Panthers’ home invitational on Tuesday. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
Mt. Pleasant’s Abby Blint battles to the finish line during the girls race at the Panthers’ home invitational on Tuesday. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
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MT. PLEASANT — It helps to know the course, and the Mt. Pleasant cross-country teams know theirs well. The Panthers used their home-field advantage to sweep the big school field on Monday, taking the top spots in both the big school boys and big school girls race. The Panther boys edged Fairfield by two points, and the girls beat second-place Washington by 18.

The Danville-New London teams could have won the small school races if they were held on other planets. The Bears dominated the small school standings, winning the small school boys race by 27 and the small school girls race by 42.

For the Panther boys, it was a call back to the days of old. It was just three years ago that Mt. Pleasant was the class of the Southeast Conference and would win the home meet in a laugher, but after a couple years away from the top, the Panthers took the prime spot back, placing seven runners in the top 16 in the big school standings.

“Ben Carthey took a big jump as a freshman to finish tops on the team with his best race so far, but it really came down to power of the pack,” Panther head coach Mitch Anderson said. “With a two-point victory, we put all seven runners in front of their fifth. That is what won the home meet for us tonight.”

Washington’s Lance Sobaski took the individual title by over 39 seconds, finishing the race in 17:00.21.

“I like this course a lot,” Sobaski said. “It’s nice and spaced out, so I can figure out how to pace myself throughout each spot and know my strategy really well.”

Abby Blint, who was in her first race since hurting her ankle just over a week ago, was able to push through and win the big school girls race. Blint (21:13.28) nipped Fairfield’s Malena Bloomquist by two seconds to take the top spot.

“I was really nervous since I haven’t ran since Pella,” Blint said. “Coming back from the ankle injury, I was just trying to make it through and see where I could go, and how hard I could push it.”

D-NL not only swept the individual small school titles, but beat the top big school runners in both. The top-ranked (2A) boys took the top four spots, led by Ty Carr (16:47.72). Addison Parrott (19:29.68) crushed it in the girls race, winning by just under 40 seconds.

“It’s nice to see the guys doing really good and it kind of motivates us girls to keep with it,” said Parrott. “We have some really good freshmen that have been improving, and all of them from last year have been doing so well.”

Big school boys standings: 1. Mt. Pleasant 46; 2. Fairfield 48; 3. Fort Madison 63; 4. Washington 71; 5. Keokuk 71

Big school boys area runners: Mt. Pleasant; 5. Ben Carthey 18:20.56; 8. Luke Ryon 18:56.56; 9. Logan Lee 19:00.46 10. Nathan McWilliams 19:01.18; 14. Gabe Feldmann 19:31.21; 15. Isaac Rynders 19:38.75; 16. Gannon McNamee 19:39.14. Fairfield: 4. Alex Forrest 17:58; 7. Kaidyn Mickels 18:37.78; 13. Blake Holden: 19:15.34; 18. Brecken Corutright 19:50.15; 21. Jacob Bland 20:09.47; 26. Nate Konczal 21:19.84. Washington: 1. Lance Sobaski 17:00.21; 12. Micah Rees 19:09.86; 17. Cameron Vongpanya 19:40.04; 19. Drew Horak 19:53.18; 22. Peyton Snakenberg 20:34.21; 23. Elijah Morris 20:43.37; 28. Keaton Crawford 21:35.84.

Big school girls standings: 1. Mt. Pleasant 37; 2. Washington 55; 3. Fort Madison 66; 4. Fairfield 66.

Big school area runners: Mt. Pleasant: 1. Abby Blint 21:13.28; 3. Cristina Carthey 21:52.90; 4. Belle Meador 21:57.17; 8. Elsie Lange 22:35.99; 22: Jeneva Dykstra 25:26.65; 28. Jenna Gilmore 31:09.55 Washington: 5. Hannah Rees 22:23; 11. Grace Voss 23:11.68; 12. Abby Kleese 23:14.65; 13. Taylor Bartholomew 23:17.28; 14. Cloe Telleen 23:44.93; 17. Josie Tanner 24:26.78; 18. Ada Kendall 25:03.27. Fairfield: 1. Melana Bloomquist 21:15.46; 7. Makenzie Kraemer 22:35.28; 15. Carley Seeley 23:48; 24. Amiritha Kumar 28:28.31; 29. Chloe Curtis 32:05.08.

Small school boys standings: 1. Danville-New London 17; 2. Columbus 76; 3. Winfield-Mt. Union 112; 4. Wilton 130; 5. Louisa-Muscatine 139; 6. Mediapolis 154; 7. Holy Trinity 167; 8. Cardinal 187; 9. Central Lee 190.

Small school area boys: D-NL: 1. Ty Carr 16:47.72; 2. Alexander Julian 17:08.56; 3. Oliver Sowell 17:51.37; 4. Seth Bailey 18:05.71; 7. Rylan Martin 18:18.96; 8. Gabriel Gourley 18:19.81; 10. Mason Chipman 18:38.24. Columbus: 5. Isaac Acosta 18:09.93; 15. Damian Vergara 19:09.37; 17. Freddy Vergara 19:16.72; 19. Alex Rivas 19:18.90; 20. Mason Hills-Carrier 19:26.97; 34: Van Bawi 21:03.46; 42. Daniel Martinez 21:49.96. W-MU: 13. Dane Sweezer 19:06.05; 14. Gabe Hemsworth 19:09.90; 25. Brody Barton 19:59.6; 26. Lane Scorpil 20:08.15; 40. Jacob Haines 21:38.90; 45. Talon Newton 22:07.38; 48. Ty Scorpil 2:20.49. Cardinal: 9. Gavin Grove 18:29.90; 31: Karson Kirkpatrick 20:54.62; 49. nick Walker 22:25.90; 57. Archer Metcalf 23:44.84; 63. Landon Gordy 25:35.96. WACO: 37. Wyatt Dennis 21:17.96; 61. Mattias Luijens 24:56.69; 65. Noah Fried 26:38.56.

Small school girls standings: 1. Danville-New London 20; 2. Cardinal 62; 3. Central Lee 65; 6. Mediapolis 74.

Small school are girls: D-NL: 1. Addison Parrott 19:29.68; 3. Carissa Mackey 21:44.18; 5. Kamryn Sherwood 22:04.52; 8. Cassidy Yaley 23:17.87; 10. Penelepe Sowell 23:32.96; 23. Madelyn Buck 26:20.92; 34: Kenzey Logan 28:58.40. Cardinal: 9. Alexia McClure 23:25.40; 14. Allison Sloan 24:43.65; 17. Aracelili Tapetillo 25:35.05; 26: Ava Ferrell 26:59.15; 27. Katelyn McDaniel 27:12.96; 40. Nicoa McClure 30:22.56; W-MU: Avery Maeder 25:37.59; Bayla Thomson 28:57.50; 39. Emma Richardson 30:14.28. Columbus: 22. Averi Sipes 26:04.68; 25. Kimberly Gonzalez 26:53.96; 42. Alexa Alcala 31:34.65; 44. Julie Sosa 32:46.75. WACO: 31. Hannah Dennis 28:03.21.