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Panther Girls 2nd, Boys 4th At FC Invite

The Fillmore Central boys and girls tuned up for this Thursday's C-5 District Meet in Geneva with the 2016 FC Track Invite on May 5.
Sophia Frook and Aiwa Temme got the Panther girls' scoring started with a third and fifth performance in the pole vault. McKenzie Scheil claimed gold in the shot put with a heave of 36-feet, 2.50-inches. Frook placed sixth in the high jump on Thursday. Brandi Simacek covered 15 feet to place fourth in the long jump. Scheil took fourth in the discus. Grace Jacobson placed second in the 1,600-meter run on May 5.
Jamey Broman cruised to a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash in 60.29 seconds.  Sydney Hiatt placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:42.40.  Vicki Elznic snagged sixth in the 200-meter dash. Lauryn Monteforte earned third in the 3,200-meter run.  The FC girls weight relay of Rae Chapman, Tori Glenn, Sydney Simacek and Tori Stoldorf placed sixth.  The 400-meter squad of Broman, Scheil, Ines Ortea and Avis Koca placed second in 52.58 seconds. The 1,600-meter relay team of Emiliegh Kennel, Haley Hiatt, S. Hiatt and Jacobson placed second (4:39.70).  The Panther girls scored 74 points and took second in the team standings.
"Today, was a day to get any times we needed to see or have athletes try something new in a given event," Panther girls coach Colby Smith said.  "I thought they did very well in a meet that had several girls rested and in the hot weather."
Malcolm rolled to the girls' team title.
The Panther boys notched 88 points to finish fourth in the team standings.  Thayer Central was first for the boys.  Malcolm was second and Centennial took third.
Panther Leyton Hopken cleared 5-10 to place second in the high jump.  The 3,200-meter relay team of Noah Temme, Ethan DeLong, Chandler Schelkopf and Leyton Hopken cruised to gold on May 5 in a winning time of 8:31.56.
Three Panther boys chased home three-time State Champion Simon Wiedel of Thayer Central in the 100-meter dash.  Christian Lovan took second (11.54), Nate Rasmussen (11.55) was third and Josh Taylor (11.60) was fifth. Four FC boys placed in the 400-meter dash on Thursday.  DeLong took second in 51.87 seconds.  Schelkopf (54.75) was fourth; Hopken (54.81) was fifth and Aaron Poppert (56.18) took sixth.
Taylor placed second in the 200-meter dash in Geneva in 23.69 seconds.  Lovan was third in 24.09 seconds and Heath Boman placed sixth (24.61). The FC boys weight man relay team of Darren Shoyer, Cole Jividen, Anthony Green and Riley Moses placed fifth.  The 400-meter relay squad of Rasmussen, Boman, Lovan and Taylor sizzled to gold in 45.11 seconds. The 1,600-meter relay team of DeLong, Taylor, Schelkopf and Hopken placed fourth in 3:44.47.
"The weather was great—best of the year.  We had some really good times for the boys—lots of PRs," FC head boys coach Adam Verhage said.  "I like that we are peaking at this time—one week from Districts.  We also got a chance for all our kids to get times and a chance to compete."
Hastings St. Cecilia, Sutton, Sandy Creek, Thayer Central, Superior, Wood River and Doniphan-Trumbull will join FC on Thursday in Geneva.