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Panther girls third at Atlantic

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1:35 a.m. CDT

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ATLANTIC — Creston head girls track coach Clay Arnold is encouraged by what he saw here Monday night at the Atlantic Co-ed Track Meet, as his team prepares for the Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet Thursday night at home.

The Panthers finished third in a competitive field in the girls team standings, scoring 68 points to finish behind Glenwood (118) and Harlan (115).

“I was very happy with that,” Arnold said. “That’s the best we’ve done overall, especially against the competition there.”

Junior Natalie Mostek was a part of two different gold-medal performances, running on the winning 4x800 relay team and winning the open 800.

Joining Mostek on the winning 4x800 relay were Maria Mostek, Jami Sickels and Taylor Briley. That quartet ran 10:09.41.

Natalie Mostek won a tight three-person race in the 800 meters, edging out Harlan’s Bailey Kuhl and twin sister Maria, winning with a new personal best time of 2:24.49. Maria finished third in 2:28.96.

“We ran the Mostek squared in the open 800,” Arnold said. “I’ve been on her (Natalie) to get out on her first lap, but she ran a 72.6 and then a 71.8. That 72 first lap is not going to cut it. She needs to run a 67 or 68 first lap.”

Natalie Mostek also ran on the second place 4x400 relay team along with Raegen Smith, Chelcee Downing and Lexie Little.

That group ran 4:20.03 to finish second behind Harlan, despite leading for much of the race.

“Little had to run against Asia Kloewer, so that’s a pretty tough order,” Arnold said. “I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t give Little more of a lead. Our second and third legs should have given Little more of a lead. We knew Asia was going to be the fastest person on the track out there. Hopefully we can fix that for Thursday.”

Maria Mostek came up with Creston’s other runner-up performance, finishing second in the 1,500 meters with her time of 5:13.98.

Freshman Kristy Powers impressed in the 3,000 meters, finishing sixth with a 37-second PR, running 12:54.57.

“This was her first ever individual varsity point,” Arnold said. “I was really proud of that Kristy Powers. I tell you what, she is a worker. Ran really even splits and fought back to keep taking girls and taking girls to get sixth place. I’ve been really happy with everything she’s been doing.”

Marie Hood had yet another personal best throw in the shot put, this time improving by 2 feet with her toss of 33-1 for seventh place.

The Panther shuttle hurdle of Little, Leah Schuler, Amber Castillo and Madison Hance finished fifth in a season best time, even with Schuler falling during her leg.

Castillo finished third in the 100 hurdles and Hance placed fifth in the 400 hurdles.

The distance medley relay of Smith, Jessica Beatty, Downing and Little finished fourth in 4:37.35. Jami Sickels finished fifth in the 400 meter dash, running 1:08.10.

The 4x200 relay of Josie Sickels, Briley, Smith and Beatty ran 1:55.62 to finish fourth in a season’s best time. The 4x100 relay of Castillo, Suiter, Josie Sickels and Hood also ran its best time of the year in 55.48.

The Panthers return to action at home Thursday at the Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet, with events beginning at 4:30 p.m.

“Very encouraged,” Arnold said. “We’re starting to put together some relays and get people in the right spots. We’re excited for Thursday. Should be one of the best girls meets anywhere around. Absolutely loaded from top to bottom with talent.”

Atlantic Co-ed

Team standings — 1. Glenwood 118, 2. Harlan 115, 3. Creston 68, 4. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 58, 4. Clarinda 58, 6. Shenandoah 51, 7. Atlantic 38, 8. Lewis Central 31, 9. Council Bluffs St. Albert 27, 10. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 25.

Discus — 1. Bailey Starner, Glen, 114-0; 12. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 88-6; 17. Marie Hood, Creston, 73-7.

Shot put — 1. Jacy Embray, Glen, 40-7.50; 7. Marie Hood, Creston, 33-1; 16. Olivia Nielsen, Creston, 27-1.50.

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

Long jump — 1. Mikayla Evers, Har, 16-9; 11. Sydney Suiter, Creston, 12-11.25.

3,000 meters — 1. Tiffany Williams, Atl, 11:48.28; 6. Kristy Powers, Creston, 12:54.57; 11. Angela Drey, Creston, 14:10.92.

4 x 800 relay — 1. Creston (Maria Mostek, Jami Sickels, Natalie Mostek, Taylor Briley), 10:09.41.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:10.80; 5. Creston (Lexie Little, Leah Schuler, Amber Castillo, Madison Hance), 1:15.41.

100 meters — 1. Jaedra Moses, Clar, 13.11; 14. Jessica Drey, Creston, 15.26; 15. Aleisha Larkin, Creston, 15.40.

Distance medley relay — 1. Harlan, 4:24.44; 4. Creston (Raegen Smith, Jessica Beatty, Chelcee Downing, Lexie Little), 4:37.35.

400 meters — 1. Breanna Waugh, CBAL, 1:03.46; 5. Jami Sickels, Creston, 1:08.10; 11. Nicole Haley, Creston, 1:13.19.

4 x 200 relay — 1. Glenwood, 1:51.24; 4. Creston (Josie Sickels, Taylor Briley, Raegen Smith, Jessica Beatty), 1:55.62.

100 hurdles — 1. Miranda Ruth, Glen, 16.35; 3. Amber Castillo, Creston, 17.18; 11. Leah Schuler, Creston, 18.72.

800 meters — 1. Natalie Mostek, Creston, 2:24.88; 3. Maria Mostek, Creston, 2:28.96.

200 meters — 1. Mercedes Hart, CBAL, 26.89; 7. Josie Sickels, Creston, 29.40; 12. Madison Callahan, Creston, 31.07.

400 hurdles — 1. Sydney Nielsen, Shen, 1:07.38; 5. Madison Hance, Creston, 1:14.39; 9. Amber Castillo, Creston, 1:16.51.

Sprint medley relay — 1. Harlan, 1:55.31; 9. Creston (Sydney Suiter, Marie Hood, Chelcee Downing, Taylor Briley), 2:06.81.

1,500 meters — 1. Tiffany Williams, Atl, 5:11.61; 2. Maria Mostek, Creston, 5:13.98; 14. Rachel Shepherd, Creston, 6:02.92.

4 x 100 relay — 1. Glenwood, 51.55; 6. Creston (Amber Castillo, Sydney Suiter, Josie Sickels, Marie Hood), 55.48.

4 x 400 relay — 1. Harlan, 4:16.62; 2. Creston (Raegen Smith, Natalie Mostek, Chelcee Downing, Lexie Little), 4:20.03.

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