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Panther girls set personal bests at Glenwood

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 2:19 a.m. CDT

GLENWOOD — The Creston girls track team edged out Atlantic by four points for fourth place in the team standings here on Thursday at the Ram Relays.

The Panthers finished with 54.5 points, compared to Atlantic’s 50.5 points. Glenwood ran away with the team title, scoring 206 points.

After having Monday’s home meet called off because of weather, Creston head coach Clay Arnold said it was good to get his team back out and competing.

“It really was. We’re not the kind of team that can take a week off from meets,” he said. “We need to have two meets a week to stay sharp. We could tell we weren’t sharp tonight.”

The night started with a pair of PRs for the Panthers in the field events.

Sophomore Amber Castillo jumped a new personal best of 14-10 in the long jump, while Marie Hood picked up a new personal best throw of 74-1 in the discus.

“Amber’s last jump, she was well before the board and would have easily made 15 feet if she hit the board,” Arnold said.

Another highlight from the field events was Natalie Mostek clearing 4-10 in the high jump for third place.

That clearance came moments after running a 2:27.9 leg on the runner-up 4x800 relay team for the Panthers.

“She cleared 4-8 before she went to the 4x800,” Arnold said. “Then five minutes after she ran a 2:27.9 third leg, she cleared 4-10. If she would have been fresh, her attempts at 5-0 looked better than her jumps at 4-10 last week.”

The Panther 4x800 team finished second to Harlan. Creston ran 10:10.55 compared to Harlan’s 10:02.35. Members of that relay were Lexie Little, Jami Sickels, Natalie Mostek and Maria Mostek.

“We had it stacked up, looking to go after Harlan,” Arnold said. “We ran an awesome time for early in the season.”

Maria Mostek came back later in the evening to win the 800 meter run in a tough race with Harlan’s Bailey Kuhl.

Mostek edged Kuhl 2:28.98 to 2:29.28.

“Maria was up against her arch nemesis, Bailey Kuhl of Harlan,” Arnold said. “They were neck and neck and Maria beat her. That’s definitely a PR in the open 800. She ran great. Looked good doing it, had a great kick.”

Jami Sickels took sixth in the event, giving the Panthers two placewinners out of the 800 meters.

“First time running two 800s in a night,” Arnold said. “Ran a really good race. Stayed with the front pack most of the way. She ran real strong. Anytime you can run your second 800 of the night faster than the first, I’m happy with that.”

The Panther 4x400 team of Little, Natalie Mostek, Maria Mostek and Chelcee Downing took third behind Harlan and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. The distance medley team of Josie Sickels, Rachel Shepherd, Downing and Raegen Smith finished fourth.

For the second straight meet, freshman Leah Schuler ran a new personal best in the 100 hurdles.

“She ran 18.61 the other night and tonight was in the slow heat and won it running away in 18.55,” Arnold said. “Beat a girl out of the faster heat. Her form was smooth throughout.”

Monica Powers also ran a personal best in the 1,500. Powers ran 5:54.82 for a six-second season best and three-second career best.

The Panthers return to action Tuesday at Dallas Center-Grimes.

Ram Relays

Team standings — 1. Glenwood 206, 2. Harlan 150.5, 3. Clarinda 103, 4. Creston 54.5, 5. Atlantic 50.5, 6. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 44, 7. Logan-Magnolia 40.5, 8. Lewis Central 40, 9. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 35.5, 10. Riverside 15.5.

Discus — 1. Linnaea Konfrst, Glen, 112-8; 16. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 79-7; 20. Marie Hood, Creston, 74-1.

Shot put — 1. Jacy Embray, Glen, 39-6.50; 15. Marie Hood, Creston, 26-10.50; 18. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 25-5.

High jump — 1. Molly Dean, Glen, 5-0; 3. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 4-10.

Long jump — 1. Sarah Salerno, Glen, 16-1.50; 4. Amber Castillo, Creston, 14-10.

3,000 meters — 1. Tiffany Williams, Atl, 11:53.61.

4 x 800 relay — 1. Harlan, 10:02.35; 2. Creston (Lexie Little, Jami Sickels, Natalie Mostek, Maria Mostek), 10:10.55.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:09.08; 10. Creston (Leah Schuler, Nicole Haley, Angela Drey, Brooke Thelen), 1:24.01.

100 meters — 1. Jaedra Moses, Clar, 13.26; 17. Aleisha Larkin, Creston, 15.74; 18. Sydney Suiter, Creston, 15.78.

Distance medley relay — 1. Glenwood, 4:41.40; 4. Creston (Josie Sickels, Rachel Shepherd, Chelcee Downing, Raegen Smith), 4:51.88.

400 meters — 1. Asia Kloewer, Har, 1:02.11; 11. Nicole Haley, Creston, 1:13.25; 14. Jessica Drey, Creston, 1:15.61.

4 x 200 relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:49.47; 6. Creston (Amber Castillo, Josie Sickels, Natalie Mostek, Lexie Little), 1:58.45.

100 hurdles — 1. Allison Bruck, Har, 16.57; 8. Leah Schuler, Creston, 18.55; 20. Brooke Thelen, Creston, 21.88.

800 meters — 1. Maria Mostek, Creston, 2:28.90; 6. Jami Sickels, Creston, 2:37.54.

200 meters — 1. Rachael Bair, Clar, 27.44; 8. Chelcee Downing, Creston, 29.22; 22. Jessica Drey, Creston, 33.58.

400 hurdles — 1. Molly Dean, Glen, 1:09.92; 7. Amber Castillo, Creston, 1:17.50; 12. Nicole Haley, Creston, 1:25.09.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Harlan, 1:55.25; 4. Creston (Sydney Suiter, Marie Hood, Madison Callahan, Raegen Smith), 2:09.72.

1,500 meters — 1. Bailey Starner, Glen, 5:25.73; 11. Monica Powers, Creston, 5:54.82; 12. Jessica Beatty, Creston, 6:01.41; 18. Angela Drey, Creston, 6:24.01.

4 x 100 relay — 1. Clarinda, 52.13; 9. Creston (Sydney Suiter, Marie Hood, Nicole Haley, Leah Schuler), 59.18.

4 x 400 relay — 1. Harlan, 4:21.04; 3. Creston (Lexie Little, Natalie Mostek, Maria Mostek, Chelcee Downing), 4:26.93; 8. Creston (Amber Castillo, Rachel Shepherd, Jami Sickels, Josie Sickels), 4:43.33.

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