Panorama track teams run well at Van Meter

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Senior Spencer Hunt runs in a relay for Panorama at Van Meter April 4. Photo courtesy Panorama Schools.

VAN METER — Both Panorama track teams were in action Thursday with a visit to Van Meter.

Boys team scores were not provided, but the Panther girls amassed 164 points to outpace the hosts, who finished with 127 points. AC/GC edged ADM, 115-114, for third place, with Greene County (88), CAM (72) and CR-B (7) also in action.

“The girls surprised me with their performances,” Panorama girls head coach Greg Thompson said after his squad posted four new season best efforts, with nine thinclads setting a total of 14 new personal bests. “I was expecting a little bit of let down after competing so well on Tuesday and with four girls missing due to illness and soccer.”

“The girls team is dealing with some sinus/flu and fatigue issues, but still continue to show their toughness,” he added. “They are in mid-season form already, so the excitement for the possibilities of this team is continuing to grow. We need to battle through two more weeks before getting a little break. We need to keep working hard while getting the appropriate sleep and nutrition to help with the recovery process.”

Panorama did not run the shuttle hurdle relay (they currently have the fourth-fastest time in 4A), but won four of the other six relays while finishing second in the remaining pair. The Panthers have the second-best 4×200, third-best 4×100 and fourth-best 4×400 times in 2A.

Bailey Beckman, Hope Arganbright, Shey Storesund and Kassidy Bremer won the 4×100 in 52.53 seconds, with Arganbright, Bremer, Abbi Brown and Payton Beckman winning the 4×200 in 1 minute, 51.84 seconds. Arganbright, Bremer, Bailey Beckman and Gwen Steffen were first in the sprint medley (1:57.45) while Storesund, Payton Beckman and Olivia and Gwen Steffen crossed first in the distance medley (4:39.75).

Storesund, Brown, Gwen Steffen and Payton Beckman placed second in the 4×00 in 4:29.09, with the 4×800 team of Olivia Steffen, Payton Beckman, Brooklyn Behrends and Leah Fett second with a clocking of 11:03.34.

Thompson awarded meet MVP honors to Storesund, who had two personal bests and nearly a third despite not feeling well — and to Jordan Brown, who also had two PB’s and shaved over 30 seconds off her best 3000 time by placing fourth in 14:31.13.

Storesund and Lydia Knapp were 6-8 in the 100 hurdles in 18.21 and 19.46, with Abbi Brown fifth (1:16.3) and Payton Douglass eighth (1:21.2) in the 400 hurdles.

Olivia Steffen and Behrends finished 2-4, in 5:38.34 and 5:53.98, respectively, in the 1500 while Behrends and Fett were 3-5 in 2:47.27 and 2:55.56.

Bremer won the 200 in 27.67, with Gwen Steffen third in 28.48 while Douglass was fifth in the 400 in 1:10.21 while Arganbright ran the 100 in 14.01.

Knapp and Claire Woodworth were 1-5 in the discus at 127 feet and 91 feet, respectively, with Woodworth fourth (33’5) and Knapp fifth (32’10-1/2). Knapp currently owns the third-best discus spin 2A.

The Panthers also collected first-place points in the long jump after Bailey Beckman leaped 15’11-1/2.

The Panorama boys had Koltin Sloss place third in the discus (123’10) while also competing in the shot put (38’5), with Gracen Welberg fourth in the long jump at 18’9.

The Panthers did not contest the high jump or 100 hurdles and had only one top-eight finish in any of the seven other individual running events, the point coming from Kade Kemble, who was eighth in the 400 in 1:01.11.

Declan McCarthy and Dillon Bennett ran the 100 in identical 13.61 clockings, with Kyle McClatchey running the 200 in 27.83 and Avery Norman the 800 in 2:43.26. Preston Prince competed in the 1600 (6:14.58) and Norman the 3200 (12:48.64), with Logan Hutchins appearing in the 400 hurdles (1:06.45).

Allias Stahl, Zach Rizzuti, Spencer Hunt and Welberg teamed to win the sprint medley in 1:39.84, with Stahl, Hunt, Rizzuti and Levi Richey third in the distance medley in 4:04.71. The Stahl-Rizzuti-Hunt-Welberg combo was fourth in the 4×100 (46.97), with Kemble, Richey, Dominic Walker and Kevin Cogil fourth in the 4×400 (3:57.18) while Richey, Cogil, Walker and Rizzuti placed fourth in the 4×800 (9:17.59).

A 1:43.56 produced by Stahl, Hutchins, Walker and Prince placed sixth in the 4×200, with a 1:14.66 shuttle hurdle posting from Welberg, Hutchins, Prince and Richey also placing sixth.

Panorama will send both teams to Earlham Tuesday, with the Panther girls visiting AC/GC Thursday while the Panther boys travel to Saydel Thursday.

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