ATLANTIC — A shorthanded Creston girls track team finished fifth at the Atlantic Coed Track Meet here on Monday, scoring 44 team points, just four points out of third place.
The Panthers went into the meet trying to change a few events up and try something new before the Hawkeye 10 Conference meet and State Qualifying Meet, both of which are approaching next week.
But missing a key component in Natalie Mostek because of illness, head coach Clay Arnold did not get to try everything out that he wanted to try.
“We weren’t able to try everything we wanted,” he said. “We had some girls sick and had to move some things around, but several girls filled in all right.”
The highlight of the meet for the Panthers came in the long jump competition as senior Brianna Maitlen continued her string of solid jumps by launching a 17-0 jump on her first attempt, hanging on to win the competition.
Maitlen’s previous best jump of the season came at the Carlisle meet on Thurday when she jumped 16-1.
“That was exciting,” Arnold said. “Finally able to get outdoors and get some consistency in our jumping routines, and it’s kind of showing. Confidence is the biggest thing. She had to jump that tonight. The Shenandoah girl jumped 16-11, and the Harlan girl probably jumped farther than that, but barely scratched, so she had to jump that tonight to win it.”
The 4x800 relay team of Emily Wignall, Taylor Briley, Maria Mostek and Nicole Haley finished second with a time of 10:27.06, marking the team’s best time in that event this year.
“Nicole Haley ran her fastest split of the year (2:39.73),” Arnold said, “and anchored us to a big second place.”
The shuttle hurdle relay team also performed well, competing by itself in the slow heat. That relay team finished fifth in 1:16.85.
Competing on the shuttle hurdle relay team were Amber Castillo, Madison Hance, Brittney Minson and Brooke Thelen.
“I was very happy with our shuttle,” Arnold said. “They ran the fastest time of the year and ran it in a slow heat by themselves. Minson had a very nice split — her fastest of the year — after not having ran since the Creston meet because of an injury. Brooke Thelen also ran one of her fastest legs.”
Hance impressed Arnold with her anchor leg in the 200, which marked the first time she ran a 200 for the Panthers this year, and then following that up by running a PR by over one second in the 400 hurdles to place sixth in 1:13.39.
“She is looking very strong and really getting in a good rhythm,” Arnold said. “Her and Nicole Haley both keep PRing every meet for us lately.”
Maria Mostek finished second overall in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:31.35 after getting boxed in on the first lap.
The 4x400 relay team of Chelcee Downing, Maitlen, Briley and Taylor Hudson also took second place, finishing behind Harlan in 4:21.45.
“Our 4x4 looked really good on the track,” Arnold said. “Maitlen put us in second place after Downing kept us close to the pack. Harlan was way out in front and we were way out in front of the rest of the pack.”
Harlan not only raced way out in front in the 4x400 relay, but also in the team scoring, as the Cyclones ran away with the meet victory with 197 points. Glenwood finished second with 57.5 points. Creston was fifth with 44.
The Panthers return to action Thursday in Mount Ayr.
Atlantic Coed Track Meet
Team standings — 1. Harlan 197, 2. Glenwood 57.5, 3. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 48, 4. Clarinda 46, 5. Creston 44, 6. Shenandoah 43, 7. Denison-Schleswig 39, 8. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 35, 9. Lewis Central 32, 10. Atlantic 27, 11. Red Oak 11, 12. Council Bluffs St. Albert 9.
Discus — Becca Ross, Creston, 80-11; Olivia Nielsen, Creston 80-11.
Shot put — Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 26-2; Becca Ross, Creston, 26-0.75.
Long jump — 1. Brianna Maitlen, Creston 17-0; Lauren Tucker, Creston, 13-4.75.
3,000 meters — Katie Stevens, Creston, 14:50.66.
4 x 800 relay — 2. Creston (Emily Wignall, Taylor Briley, Maria Mostek, Nicole Haley), 2:39.73.
Shuttle hurdle relay — 5. Creston (Amber Castillo, Madison Hance, Brittney Minson, Brooke Thelen), 1:16.85.
100 meters — Josie Sickels, Creston, 15.62; Kelsey Donner, Creston, 16.80.
Distance medley relay — 6. Creston (Brianna Maitlen, Taylor Briley, Chelcee Downing, Taylor Hudson), 4:39.65.
400 meters — Zaidy Frank, Creston, 1:07.65; Jami Sickels, Creston, 1:08.71.
4 x 200 relay — Creston (Raegen Smith, Sydney Suiter, Maddie Skarda, Madison Hance), 2:01.8.
100 hurdles — Amber Castillo, Creston, 19.36; Brooke Thelen, Creston, 21.67.
800 meters — 2. Maria Mostek, Creston, 2:31.35; Maddie Skarda, Creston, 2:49.02.
200 meters — Raegen Smith, Creston, 30.01; Monica Powers, Creston, 32.65.
400 hurdles — 6. Madison Hance, Creston, 1:13.39; Nicole Haley, Creston, 1:18.71.
Sprint medley relay — Creston (Taylor Briley, Lauren Tucker, Brianna Maitlen, Zaidy Frank), 2:01.72.
1,500 meters — 3. Emily Wignall, Creston, 5:21.57.
4 x 100 relay — Creston (Sydney Suiter, Lauren Tucker, Josie Sickels, Jami Sickels), 56.66.
4 x 400 relay — 2. Creston (Chelcee Downing, Brianna Maitlen, Taylor Briley, Taylor Hudson), 4:21.45.