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Panthers Compete In York, Hastings AC

The Fillmore Central girls won nine of 17 events at a triangular in York last Tuesday. The Panther boys recorded wins in the long jump and the 3,200-meter run.

FC's Maggie Malone set a current state best in the triple jump with a leap of 37-feet, 5-inches in the triple jump on April 12. The Panther junior also won the long jump with an effort of 17-11.75.

Audrey Malone was a double winner in the hurdles in the triangular, which also featured York and Central City. The Panther freshman sailed to victories in the 100-meter (16.1 seconds) and 300-meter (48.70) events.

Lindsey Maloley claimed top honors in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 27.20 seconds and Panther Rachel Hoarty was best in the 3,200-meter run in 13:46.0.

As usual, the FC girls swept the relay events in York. The Panther girls came from behind to clip the hometown Dukes at the tape in the 400-meter relay, as Maloley just got up to win the event in 52 seconds. The FC 1,600-meter relay team won in 4:19.50 and the 3,200-meter squad was golden in 10:50.

For the boys, Isaac Bridges won the long jump with a jump of 20-8. Panther Danny Wythers was first in the 3,200-meter run in 12:58.

On April 8, the Panther girls were team champions at the 2011 Dale Feeken Memorial Track Meet and landed in fourth place in the standings at the eight-team meet.

The FC girls placed in all 17 events at the larger-school meet and won seven individual events and all the relays at Hastings Adams Central.

A surprise for Panther head coach Nancy Kindig-Malone was Selena Kelly's second-place finish in the 800-meter run. She also noted senior Meg Loontjer's consistent victories in the pole vault and long jump events this season.

"We mixed things up a bit in the relays to gain needed information for future meets," Kindig-Malone said. "Lindsey Maloley won a tough double today (400-meter dash and 800-meter run) and also picked up golds in her two relays. We have also been receiving numerous points in the throws this year with our throwing crew led by Bridget Lundberg and Lauren Hopken."

Kindig-Malone also noted her squad has named Meg Loontjer, Maggie Malone and Nicole Beam as team captains for this season.

The Panther boys had several athletes at other school functions on April 8 but still managed to score 60 points.

"The boys did well today," FC coach Adam Verhage said. "Dillon Graham (triple jump and relays) was great today. Another freshman, Chandler Menard (400-meter dash and all three relays) placed in all four of his events.

"Tanner Leick and Isaac Bridges continue to lead this team as seniors. Taking in the weather conditions, and the number of athletes gone, we had a very successful and competitive day. They just keep getting better."