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Panther Girls Win Team Title, Again

Fillmore Central rallied past Grand Island Northwest to win the girls team championship at the 2010 Central City Invitational. The Vikings owned a sizable point advantage after the completion of the field events on Friday, but another sweep of the relay events in York allowed the Panther girls to outscore GINW, 108-99, to win the Class B-filled, eight-team invite.

Along the way, the FC girls set two New School Records. The Panther quartet of Christa Scott, Maggie Malone, Macy Jones and Lindsey Maloley combined to zip to victory in 51.0 seconds in the 400-meter relay. Their performance on April 16 bettered the mark set in 2005 by Samantha Mennard, Shaundee Softley, Morgan Kleinschmidt and Ashley Lovegrove of 51.5.

Malone's runner-up performance in the triple jump in York of 36-feet, one-half inch, topped the previous school-record leap of Monica Bixby in 2001 of 35-8.5.

FC coach Nancy Kindig-Malone also pointed out that several Panther athletes experienced Personal Bests on Friday. These included: Meg Loontjer clearing 10-0 in the pole vault (third); Maloley winning the 400-meter dash in 61.2 seconds and running the 800-meter run in 2:28.20 (second); Heather Broman completing the 300-meter hurdles in 49.3 (second); and the winning Panther 1,600-meter relay team of Scott, Malone, Macy Jones and Maloley in 4:13.1.

"Heather Broman continues to drop her time in the (300-meter) hurdles and Macy Jones is using her speed to earn points in the 200 (meter run) and may surprise people in the 400. Haley Norvell has been a valuable utility athlete this year as she competes in anything from the 100 through 800 and in the jumps."

The FC 3,200 meter relay team of Scott, Christine Ochsner, Nicole Beam and Norvell was victorious in York in a time of 10:28.90.

Ochsner cruised to a win in the 3,200-meter run (12:16.30) and was also second in the 1,600-meter run (5:40.30).

Beam was fourth in the 800-meter run at the invite and Jones took fifth in the 200-meter dash. Kelsey Swartz placed sixth in the 3,200-meter run for FC.

The Panther boys scored 14 points in York.

Isaac Bridges jumped 20-5.25 to place third in the long jump and also clipped the tape in 11.60 seconds to take third in the 100-meter dash. Kyle Karcher was sixth in the triple jump with an effort of 36-1.25 in York. Xayavong Sang placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:11.60).

"Today was really a tough meet in terms of competition," FC coach Adam Verhage said. "Isaac Bridges had a great day by placing third in both the 100 and the long jump."