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FC Girls Close Second At Yowell Classic

The Fillmore Central girls won nine events at the Class B-laden Yowell Classic on Saturday in York. Despite the nine-event victories and some very stellar performances, the Panther girls landed in second place in the team standings behind a deep and talented York High squad at the meet. The Duke girls scored 129.50 points on April 21, while FC notched 123 points.

The Panther boys were only able to score 11.50 points on Saturday. The York boys completed the home-court sweep on April 21, as the Dukes outpointed Crete 129 to 105 for the boys' team title.

"The Yowell Classic is one of our favorite meets to compete in," Panther coach Nancy Kindig-Malone said. "It is so well run, with great, quality athletes and always a friendly atmosphere. It was fun to go against the York girls team, as they have a tremendous squad."

As usual, the FC girls swept all three relays on April 21. The 400-meter relay team of Christa Scott, Audrey Malone, Macy Jones and Lindsey Maloley turned in their best time of the season winning the event in York in 50.80 seconds. The quartet of Maloley, Malone, Quinn Wragge and Maggie Malone won the 1,600-meter relay in York with a clocking of 4:11.10. Saturday was the first meet that the older Malone has competed at in over a month. The Panther 3,200-meter relay squad of Scott, Nicole Beam, Wragge and Brooke Rasmussen won their race on April 21 in 10:15.20.

Maloley used a furious stretch kick to defeat Duke Veronica Botts in the 400-meter dash. The Panther junior eclipsed the one-minute mark for the first time in her career in the event winning the thrilling race in 59.63 seconds. Adding to her two first-place medals in the relays, Audrey Malone capped her four-medal day in York with a victory in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.70 seconds and a championship in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 4.25 inches.

Macy Jones continued with her stellar season in the pole vault winning the event in York after clearing 10-10. Quinn Wragge won a very tight race in the 800-meter run defeating a pair of Duke runners in 2:24.50. Heather Broman cruised to a win in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.17 seconds.

Additional point earners for the Panther girls at the Yowell Classic were: Haley Norvell, third, long jump, fifth, triple jump; Bridget Lundberg, fifth, discus; Juli Capek, sixth, discus; Wragge, fifth, 400-meter dash; Rachel Hoarty, sixth, 3,200-meter run; Rachel Workentine, fifth, 100-meter hurdles; and Scott, second, 200-meter dash.

After a dual this Tuesday, the Panthers travel to Sutton this Saturday to take part in the Southern Nebraska Conference track and field championships.

"We've been trying to keep everyone healthy down the home stretch of the season," Kindig-Malone said. "Some great performances are being recorded. We feel prepared for the SNC meet Saturday."

After the conference meet, the Panthers host the FC Invite on May 3 and then travel to Sandy Creek for the C-3 District Meet on May 10. Joining the Panthers in rural Fairfield will be Centennial, Sandy Creek, Superior, Sutton, Thayer Central, Tri County and Wilber-Clatonia.

Panther boys coach Adam Verhage noted four top performances in York. Verhage noted Kurt Karcher broke the five-minute point in the mile (sixth, 4:57.9) and the weight man 4 by 100 ran well and placed in the regular 400-meter relay. He also noted Kyle Karcher had a PR in the triple jump (fifth, 39-0.75) and Stewart Wilson trimmed almost two seconds in the 110 hurdles (lifetime best).

"This was a tough meet for the boys with all the other teams being Class B," Verhage said. "We were also missing a few for trap-shooting. So, all-in-all, I was proud of their performance. We have a few minor injuries that we are waiting on, so things will be alright. We are looking forward to conference this Saturday."

Additional scoring for Panther boys in York was provided by: Zach Ekeler, sixth, shot put; Dalton Carter, sixth, discus; Adam Dobesh, fifth, pole vault, 3,200-meter relay team of Kyle Karcher, Kurt Karcher, Conrad Schelkopf and Danny Wythers, sixth; Chandler Menard, sixth, 400-meter dash; and 1,600-meter relay team of Ky. Karcher, Lance Donovan, Nick Hayes and Menard, sixth.