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Panther Thinclads At Tesar Invite In Tri County

The Fillmore Central girls were the team champions at the 2011 Dan Tesar Track Invite at Tri County on Tuesday, April 19. The Panther boys landed in fourth place in the team standings at the nine-team invite last week.

The FC girls won seven points in rural DeWitt to score 146 points—48 points ahead of the runner-up Trojans. Lincoln Christian was third and Sutton landed in fourth position.

Panther Macy Jones enjoyed a stellar meet in the windy and cold conditions last Tuesday. The FC sophomore tied for first in the pole vault (clearing 9-feet); won the 100-meter dash (13.51 seconds); made the finals of the 200-meter dash and ran a leg in the Panthers' championship 400-meter relay.

"Macy had an extraordinary day," FC coach Nancy-Kindig Malone said. "She is coming on strong at the end of the year. She adds the speed element to the team."

FC's Maggie Malone continued displaying her dominance in the jumps, as she cleared 18-2.5 to win the long jump and 35-9.75 in the triple jump. The Panther junior currently has the best triple jump effort in the state, all-class, this season. Malone picked up gold medal number three by winning the 200-meter dash in 26.71 seconds. She notched her fourth gold by running a leg in the Panthers' meet-winning 400-meter relay team. Malone and Jones joined Lindsey Maloley and Christa Scott on the team.

FC also won the 1,600-meter relay in 4:19.18. Team members included Maloley, Scott, Audrey Malone and Heather Broman. The younger Malone chased TC standout Sydney Holtmeier home in the 100-meter (15.64) and 300-meter (48.25) hurdles.

"Despite the conditions, we were very glad and grateful that we had this meet," Kindig-Malone said. "The weather has been temperamental this year—so every meet is an important one."

"Audrey (Malone) improved her 100 (hurdle) and 300 hurdles time and ran a great leg in the 4 by 400."

Bridget Lundberg took sixth in the shot put for the Panthers and Lauren Hopken was fifth in the discus. Meg Loontjer tied with Jones for first in the pole vault (9-0) and was third in the high jump (4-8).

A. Malone was third in the triple jump. Maloley was second in the 400-meter dash and Scott was fifth. Rachel Hoarty landed in fifth place in the 3,200-meter run and Haley Norvell was fifth in the 800-meter run.

Maloley placed third in the 800-meter run and Broman was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles. The Panther 3,200-meter team of Norvell, Scott, Broman and Nicole Beam was runner-up at the meet by just 4/100ths of a second. Beam was also second in the 1,600-meter run in 5:45.12.

"Nicole ran her best times of the season in the 4 by 800 and in the 1,600—getting nipped at the tape in the 4 by 800," Kindig-Malone said.

The Panther boys 400-meter relay team of Shawn Yates, Isaac Bridges, Tanner Leick and Kyle Kremer struck gold in Tri County winning the event in 46.15 seconds.

"It was a cold and breezy day, but our boys still competed well," Panther coach Adam Verhage said. "We had just a few PRs, but with the weather, that is to be expected. The 4 by 100 got first, which was the highlight of the day."

Bridges was second in the long jump (20-2) last Tuesday and also took third in the 100-meter dash (11.74). Leick was fourth in the 200-meter dash (24.14).

The FC boys 3,200-meter relay team of Kyle Karcher, Kurt Karcher, Dillon Graham and Colin Monteforte was fourth (9:30.90) and the Panther boys 1,600-meter relay squad of Ky. Karcher, Monteforte, Graham and Chandler Menard was fifth in 3:50.88.

Graham was fifth in the 200-meter dash and Andres Kamler placed third in the pole vault clearing 11-0.

"We were also struggling with a couple of the kids not feeling well (sick)," Verhage said. "Conference is also right around the corner (April 30).