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FC Girls First; Panther Boys Third At TC Invite

The Fillmore Central girls track team won 12 of 17 events at the 2011 Thayer Central Invite and cruised to the team championship on March 31 in Hebron. The Panther girls scored 229 points on Thursday, easily outdistancing runner-up TC in the team race by nearly 140 points.

Southern was third and Johnson County Central was fourth at the eight-team meet for the girls.

The Titan boys won the team title on March 31 with 114 points. Southern was second with 86.50 points and FC was third with 72.50 points.

The FC girls swept the relay events in Hebron and Maggie Malone and Meg Loontjer were multiple-event winners for the Panther girls.

Malone took top honors in the long jump (17-feet, 8.5 inches) and triple jump (35-9.5). The junior standout was also first in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 26.74 seconds. The Panther girls went one-two-three in this dash, as teammates Christa Scott (27.29) and Macy Jones (27.98) took second and third, respectively.

Loontjer struck gold in the pole vault with a winning effort of 9-feet and the senior also won the high jump in Hebron clearing 4-10.

Panther Heather Broman won the 100-meter hurdles in 18.27 seconds. The FC junior was also second in the 300-meter hurdles (52.27). The Panthers also swept the top three placings in this race, as freshman Audrey Malone won the event in 49.58 seconds and fellow freshman Brooke Rasmussen was third (55.49).

Another freshman, Bridget Lundberg took first in the discus in Hebron with a heave of 96-9. Sophomore Lindsey Maloley zipped to a championship in the 400-meter dash in 64.23 seconds.

"We had two event triples (200-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles) and our distance runners all had personal bests of the season," FC head coach Nancy Malone said. "Audrey (Malone) broke 50 seconds in the 300 (meter) hurdles. Bridget Lundberg also took first in the discus and is another freshman for us."

The Panther girls swept the relays in the invite with M. Malone, Jones, Maloley and Scott teaming up to win the 400-meter relay (51.90); Maloley, M. Malone, Scott and Broman combining to win the 1,600-meter relay (4:20.01) and Nicole Beam, Maloley, Haley Norvell and Scott teaming up to win the 3,200-meter relay (10:29.20).

Additional scoring for the FC girls on March 31 included: Jones, second, 100-meter dash, third, pole vault; A. Malone, second, 100-meter hurdles, second long jump, second, triple jump; Rachel Hoarty, third, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs; Kelsey Swartz, fifth, 3,200-meter run; Juli Capek, second, discus; Lauren Hopken, third, shot put; fourth, discus; Lundberg, fifth, shot put; Norvell, second, 800-meter run; and Megan Poppert, sixth, 800-meter run.

Isaac Bridges paced the Panther boys in Hebron with victories in the long jump (19-4.5) and the 100-meter dash (11.60 seconds). Fellow senior Tanner Leick was a close second in the 400-meter dash (53.28 seconds) and took third in the 200-meter dash (24.21 seconds).

The FC boys were also strong in the relays at the invite on Thursday. Bridges and Leick teamed up with Kyle Kremer and Chandler Menard to take second in the 400-meter relay in 46.68 seconds in a race that was razor close.

Leick and Menard combined with Kyle Karcher and Dillon Graham to place third in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:45.92. Karcher and Graham teamed up with Colin Monteforte and Rout Wouwrut to place third in the 3,200-meter relay in 9:33.90.

"I'm very proud of the boys' performance," Panther coach Adam Verhage said. "Several of the boys had PRs. The 4 by 400 ran faster than they ever did last year. Our seniors had a great day—all of them placed in multiple events.

"Our younger boys are competing well and are contributing on our relays."

Additional scoring for the FC boys in Hebron was provided by: Shawn Yates, sixth, shot put and high jump; Kremer, second pole vault, fifth, 100-meter dash; Andres Kamler, fourth, pole vault; and Karcher, sixth triple jump, fifth, 400-meter dash.