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Strong performances despite 8th-place finish for Panther girls

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:52 a.m. CDT

GRIMES — The Creston girls track team might have had its lowest finish in the team standings in head coach Clay Arnold’s tenure, but that doesn’t mean the Panthers didn’t perform well here Tuesday at the Fillie Invitational.

The Panthers finished eighth in the team standings with 51.50 points. ADM ran away with the team title, scoring 146 points.

“We got eighth place, which is the lowest place we’ve gotten in the last four years,” Arnold said. “But we saw a lot of great individual performances, really did. We were kind of flat there last week on Thursday, but I thought we really looked good tonight. Ran some really good times in a lot of things.”

Junior Natalie Mostek had yet another big night for the Panthers. She started the evening off by clearing 4-10 in the high jump for fourth place.

“She is just barely missing 5-0,” Arnold said. “She’s going to get there.”

Mostek ran a strong 200-meter leg on the third place distance medley relay, splitting 27.82 seconds. Other members of that relay were Josie Sickels, Chelcee Downing and Maria Mostek.

Running her first open 800 of the season, Natalie Mostek took second place in a strong 2:25.10.

“She tied up in the last 250 meters,” Arnold said. “The girl took her there in the last 100 meters. That time was excellent.”

She capped her night by running a 1:03.99 personal best split on the third-place 4x400 relay team that included Raegen Smith, Downing and Jami Sickels.

“Natalie, I don’t know how she had so much in the tank after the high jump, a super fast distance med 200 and the lights out open 800, but she found it again,” Arnold said. “She chewed up a ton of ground.”

Smith ran a season-best split of 1:05.89, while Sickels ran a personal best split of 1:07.10 on the relay, which ran a season-best time of 4:21.82.

Briley returns

Sophomore Taylor Briley, who hadn’t practiced all season, made her return to the Panther lineup after practicing for the first time on Monday.

Briley ran a 1:07.00 for 400 meters at practice on Monday, which showed Arnold she was ready to compete.

She placed eighth in the 400 meters, her only race of the night, in 1:06.00.

“Coming into the season, she figured into all of our plans,” Arnold said. “Returning state qualifier and one of our fastest returners in the 800, 400 and 200. Been a little different not having her around for the last six weeks.”

Her absence throughout the early part of the season has opened up opportunities for other athletes, which Arnold said will only help his team as it prepares for the end of the season.

Maria Mostek also had a strong night, finishing third in the 3,000 meters (11:37.94) and third in the 1,500 meters (5:20.50) in addition to her anchor leg on the distance medley relay.

Amber Castillo continued her improvement, running a big PR of 17.60 in the 100 hurdles.

“I thought the field was excellent,” Arnold said. “She ran that and got 11th. That was a pretty ridiculous time. She looked really strong doing it. She was in the fast heat and hung right with those girls.”

Finally getting a chance to run out of the fast heat in the 400 hurdles, Castillo finished eighth in 1:14.00.

Other PRs for the Panthers included Sydney Suiter in the long jump (13-8.75), Marie Hood in the shot put (28-9.50), Rachel Shepherd in the JV 1,500 meters (5:54.90), Kristy Powers in the JV 800 (2:50.50) and Aleisha Larkin in the JV shot put (25-2).

Creston returns to action Thursday at Carroll, where the Panthers will see Harlan again. Another added bonus of adding the Carroll meet is Creston will get a chance to see Denison-Schleswig and Carroll, teams the Panthers normally don’t see until the conference or State Qualifying Meets.

DCG Fillie Invitational

Team standings — 1. ADM 146, 2. Dallas Center-Grimes 112.50, 3. Norwalk 73.50, 4. Earlham 63, 5. Carlisle 61, 6. Gilbert 60.50, 7. Grinnell 59.50, 8. Creston 51.50, 9. Saydel 46, 10. Indianola 34.50, 11. Ballard 33.

Discus — 1. Talia Zook, Nor, 110-3; 12. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 81-10; 19. Marie Hood, Creston, 66-2.

Shot put — 1. Abby Davis, Car, 35-3; 12. Marie Hood, Creston, 28-9.50; 16. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 27-2.25.

High jump — 1. Addie Herman, Earl, 5-3; 4. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 4-10.

Long jump — 1. Brooke Kramer, DCG, 16-1.50; 16. Sydney Suiter, Creston, 13-8.75.

3,000 meters — 1. Christa Follette, Grin, 11:18.78; 3. Maria Mostek, Creston, 11:37.94; 16. Angela Drey, Creston, 14:02.08.

4 x 800 relay — 1. Gilbert, 10:19.04; 5. Creston (Lexie Little, Raegen Smith, Jami Sickels, Jessica Beatty), 10:39.11.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Dallas Center-Grimes, 1:07.85; 8. Creston (Amber Castillo, Leah Schuler, Lexie Little, Brooke Thelen), 1:18.10.

100 meters — 1. Kari Dufoe, ADM, 12.60; 11. Sydney Suiter, Creston, 14.20; 17. Madison Hance, Creston, 14.70.

Distance medley relay — 1. Earlham, 4:27.00; 3. Creston (Josie Sickels, Natalie Mostek, Chelcee Downing, Maria Mostek), 4:37.00.

400 meters — 1. Kari Dufoe, ADM, 59.50; 8. Taylor Briley, Creston, 1:06.00; 17. Jessica Drey, Creston, 1:17.00.

4 x 200 relay — 1. Carlisle, 1:49.80; 9. Creston (Raegen Smith, Rachel Shepherd, Madison Callahan, Olivia Nielsen), 2:03.90.

100 hurdles — 1. Maci Masching, DCG, 16.10; 11. Amber Castillo, Creston, 17.60; 16. Leah Schuler, Creston, 18.90.

800 meters — 1. Abby Kohut-Jackson, Ballard, 2:23.90; 2. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 2:25.10; 7. Lexie Little, Creston, 2:35.20.

200 meters — 1. Kari Dufoe, ADM, 26.70; 17. Jami Sickels, Creston, 30.30; 21. Jessica Drey, Creston, 33.00.

400 hurdles — 1. Kaleigh Haus, Car, 1:05.50; 5. Amber Castillo, Creston, 1:14.00.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Carlisle, 2:00.50; 6. Creston (Sydney Suiter, Marie Hood, Chelcee Downing, Josie Sickels), 2:05.20.

1,500 meters — 1. Christa Follette, Grin, 5:13.60; 3. Maria Mostek, Creston, 5:20.50.

4 x 100 relay — 1. ADM, 51.56; 11. Creston (Sydney Suiter, Marie Hood, Nicole Haley, Leah Schuler), 58.97.

4 x 400 relay — 1. Saydel, 4:17.61; 3. Creston (Raegen Smith, Natalie Mostek, Chelcee Downing, Jami Sickels), 4:21.82.

JV

(Creston results)

Shot put — 4. Aleisha Larkin, Creston, 25-2.

4 x 800 relay — 1. Creston (Madison Callahan, Nicole Haley, Rachel Shepherd, Kristy Powers), 11:40.35.

100 meters — 3. Aleisha Larkin, Creston, 15.30; 13. Monica Powers, Creston, 16.60.

100 hurdles — 7. Angela Drey, Creston, 21.20; 9. Brooke Thelen, Creston, 21.60.

800 meters — 1. Jessica Beatty, Creston, 2:49.10; 3. Kristy Powers, Creston, 2:50.50.

400 hurdles — 3. Leah Schuler, Creston, 1:35.20.

1,500 meters — 1. Rachel Shepherd, Creston, 5:54.90; 3. Angela Drey, Creston, 6:18.20.

4 x 100 relay — 10. Creston (Jessica Drey, Olivia Nielsen, Aleisha Larkin, Brooke Thelen), 1:01.77.

4 x 400 relay — 1. Creston (Josie Sickels, Amber Castillo, Jessica Beatty, Madison Callahan), 4:42.37.

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