Mt. Pleasant- The Mt. Pleasant 7th and 8th grade boys’ teams competed at Fort Madison earlier this week with the 7th grade team dominating with 183.5 points to win their division and the 8th grade team taking 3rd place behind Ottumwa and Fort Madison.
Ryan Helling showed off his speed for the 7th grade Panthers as he finished in 1st place for the 100 yard dash and the 400 meter dash. He finished with a sub-minute time of 59.58 seconds in the 400 meter dash. Helling showed off his strength by winning the discus with a toss of 78 feet and 5 inches. Gable Myers grabbed a narrow 1st place finish in the 200 meter hurdles with a time of 31.60 seconds.
Three relay teams grabbed 1st place finishes in the relays. The 4×400 team of Gunner Ortiz-Beckman, Khanon Koller, Isaiah Lange, and Caleb Shepherd finished with a time of 4 minutes and 49 seconds. The 4×800 meter sprint medley team of Kohen Dietzenbach, Moses Frazier, Ortiz-Beckman, and Helling notched a time of 1 minute and 59 seconds. Lastly, the team of Shepherd, Koller, Lange, and Kaden Schadt tallied a time of 1 minute and 17 seconds in the 4×100 meter shuttle hurdles.
For the 8th grade team, Hoang Quang won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.58 seconds. With a time of 16.24 seconds Keegan Heaton took the 100 meter hurdles. Franky Lopez added another win in the 200 meter hurdles with a time of 29.15 seconds.
The Panthers bounded to two wins in the relays. The 4×400 meter relay team of Ivan Guerrero, Heaton, Quang, and Kayden Jackson finished with a time of 4 minutes and 18 seconds. The team of Alek Barton, Brody Clark, Keegan Birdsell, and Oliver Rynders finished with the top tome of 1 minute and 10 seconds in the 4×100 meter shuttle hurdles. Lastly, Quang grabbed one more gold in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet and 10.5 inches.