High School Track and Field
For the Mt. Pleasant boys team, Will Davidson will run the 100 meter dash, the 110 meter hurdles, and the 400 meter hurdles. Avin Truong will compete in the long jump and Isaac Jerrel will throw the shot put. The Panthers will also have three relays in competition: the 4×110 meter shuttle hurdle (Bryce Wilson, Truong, Gavin Kerr, and Davidson), the 4×800 meter relay (Gabe Feldmann, Jacob Richtman, Isaac Rynders, and Ben Carthey), and the 4×400 meter relay (Richtman, Feldmann, Carthey, and Mason Sloat).
The girls team for Mt. Pleasant will be in five different events for Class 3A. Andi Scott will be running in the 100 meter dash. Rellana Van Deuren will run the 400 meter hurdles. Scott will join Courtney Raub, Bailey Jalas, and Tristian Shull for the 4×100 meter relay. Kynlee White joins Jalas, Raub, and Scott to run the 4×200 meter relay. Lastly, Ava English will be throwing the shot put after throwing a personal best 37 feet 3 inches at the qualifier.
In Class 1A, the Winfield-Mt. Union girls team will have two events as Keetyn Townsley will be running the 100 meter hurdles. Her best time for the season is 16.97 seconds. Townsley will join Tessa Huston, Keyreana Sharar, and Josie Nelson for the 4×100 meter shuttle hurdle.
The boys team for the Wolves will have Cam Buffington in the 100 meter dash and the long jump. Kohlby Newsom will run the 800 meter run. Gabriel Hemsworth will compete in the 400 meter hurdles. Kai Malone will throw in the discus. The Wolves will have teams in the 800 sprint medley, the 4×100 meter relay, the 4×400 meter relay, and the distance medley.
Alaina Gourley, a freshman, will be busy at the state track meet for Danville as she will be racing in the 400 meter dash and the 800 meter run individually. The team of Kamryn Sherwood, Jaeda Molle, Miya Orbiana, and Gourley will be competing in the 4×400 meter relay and the 4×800 meter relay. Lastly, Kenna Furnald ranks 17th in the long jump after her leap of 15 feet 11.25 inches.
The Danville boys team will have Ayden Doyle in the 200 meter dash. AJ Bonnesen in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run. Jackson Shacklett will join in the 3200 meter run. Spencer Nelson will compete in the 400 meter hurdles. The Bears will have a relay team in the 800 sprint medley, the distance medley, and the 4×800 meter.
For the WACO boys team, Simeon Reichenbach will compete in the 110 meter hurdles and the long jump. Oleh Shtefanchuk will throw the discus. The Warriors will have a 4×110 meter shuttle hurdle team, a 4×100 meter relay team, and a 4×200 meter relay team. Lastly, Louden Huisenga will participate in the high jump.
The New London boys team will have Boden Pickle run in the 100 meter dash. Rylan Martin will compete in the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run. Kade Benjamin will compete in the high jump. The Tigers will have relay teams in the 800 sprint medley, the 4×100 meter, and the distance medley.
Thomas Eschman will run the 100 meter dash and compete in the long jump for Central Lee.
For Van Buren County, Anthony Duncan will run in the 400 meter dash and the 400 meter hurdles. Lincoln Bainbridge will run in the 2 mile. Tyler Stoltz will compete in the high jump. Lastly, Wyatt Mertens will participate in the long jump.
The state track meet will begin competition on May 18th and run through the 20th. KILJ will be bringing live results throughout those days for our local teams.
High School Soccer
The Mt. Pleasant girls team will travel to take on Ottumwa on May 15th to end the regular season.
The Mt. Pleasant boys team will take on Solon for the first round of the Class 2A Substate 5 postseason contest on May 15th.
The WACO boys team will face off against Danville in the first round of the Class 1A Substate game on May 15th.
The Central Lee boys team will face off against Hillcrest Academy on May 15th for the first round of the Class 1A substate.
The Central Lee girls team will compete in the Class 1A Region 3 contest against Mid-Prairie on May 17th.
High School Golf
The Mt. Pleasant girls team will compete in their Regional meet on May 17th at Xavier.
The boys teams of New London and Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to Brown Deer course in Iowa City on May 16th for their District meet.
The girls teams of New London and Winfield-Mt. Union moved on to the Regional Final after the Tigers finished in 1st place as a team and the Wolves took 3rd place. The Tigers shot a 354 and were paced by Taylor Phillips and Emma Nye who each scored an 83, along with Sophie Malott with a 90 and Emma Busby with a 98. The leader for the Wolves was Isabel Kann with a score of 101. Wapello will host the Regional final on May 17th.
Olivia Hines of Mediapolis advanced individually in Class 2A after pacing the field in her regional with a score of 82.
High School Tennis
The Mt. Pleasant boys team fell to Marion yesterday in the first round of the Substate 5-2. Owen Vansickle won his singles match against Donny Long 7-6 and 6-2. Phoenix Watson won his singles match 6-3 in both sets. The Panthers end the season with 11 wins.
The Mt. Pleasant girls team will compete against Davis County in the Regional meet today.
Iowa Wesleyan Athletics
The North Star Athletic Association conference meet is in the books and the men’s champion is Dakota State with the women’s champion being Dickinson State. For the Tigers women’s team, Lilly Garnsey finished in 3rd place in the 10000 meter run and the 3000 meter steeplechase. Faith Younce grabbed 4th in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Bri Hunter tossed the shot put 13.48 meters to take 2nd place and threw the discus 38.37 meters to grab 3rd place. The Tigers finished in 7th place.
For the men’s team, Jabez Rivers finished in 3rd place in the 110 meter hurdles and the 400 meter hurdles. Logan Lucas grabbed 4th in the 3000 meter steeplechase. The 4×100 meter relay team of Quintynn Alexander, Jabez Rivers, Judah Rivers, and Brady Musgrove took 4th place. The team of Brady Musgrove, Judah and Jabez Rivers, and Kenny Tucker grabbed 4th place in the 4×400 meter relay. KeRon Blackwell finished in 3rd place in the high jump with a leap of 1.90 meters. The Tigers finished in 6th place.
The NAIA National Championship meet will take place on May 24th.
This Day in Sports History
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1983 – Reggie Jackson is first major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times.