Boys Track: Panthers Qualify Four for Blue Oval

By: Nathan Bloechl —

Mount Pleasant — Mitch Anderson’s Mount Pleasant boys’ track team qualified two individual events and two relays as they took fourth at yesterday’s State Qualifying Track Meet at Mount Pleasant High School.

Anderson saw his sophomore hurdler Bryce Wilson save his best for last, winning the 110m hurdles in a season fastest 15.25, defeating top-seeded Clear Creek-Amana Harrison Rosenberg on his way to an automatic qualification.

Just a sophomore, Wilson hasn’t even come close to his peak, yet.

Senior thrower Cooper Pullis was on fire yesterday in the shot put ring.

Pullis won with a throw of 51 feet, 8 1/2 inches to qualify automatically.

Also earning qualification to the State Track and Field Championships were two Panther relay teams.

First, the shuttle hurdle team of Will Davidson, Jack Johnson, Morgan Van Nyhuis and Wilson came from behind late, thanks to a huge surge by Wilson, to capture runner up honors.

That quartet ran 1:04.16.

The final relay team was the Panthers’ distance medley team who ran 3:46.01 to earn a second place finish.

Comprising that group was Chase Williamson, Will Davidson, Reean Seberg and Isaiah Albright.

In other boys’ track around the area last night:

  • New London will send four events to the state meet. Carter Allen, a Drake Relays qualifier, was a double-winner with victories in both the discus and shot put.
  • Kade Benjamin, the terrific New London hoopster, jumped 6’0′ to win the high jump in Wayland yesterday.
  • Seth Bailey ran 10:18 even to win the 3,200m run.
  • Danville’s terrific relay bunch of Mason Chipman, Oliver Sowell, Gabriel Gourley and Ty Carr won the 4×400 and 4×800 to qualify in both events.
  • Mediapolis’ Anthony Isley punched his ticket to the state meet with a second place finish in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, six inches.