girls relay team at IMAC ChampionshipsThe Panthers traveled to Providence Academy on a warm Thursday afternoon for the IMAC championships. Noteworthy performances on the girls side include eighth grader Zoe M. placing fourth in the 100m dash in 13.39 and adding a fifth place finish in the 200m in 28.02. Eighth grader Greta M. (Gentry Academy) finished fifth in the 200m in 28.10 and fourth in the 400m in a personal best 1:02.28. In the 800m, senior Sofia Walker ran a near personal best 2:26.18 to place second and sophomore Izzy Quam ran a season best 2:33.63 to finish sixth. Eighth grader Emily B. ran two personal bests in the hurdles races, placing sixth in 19.13 in the 100m hurdles and recording another personal best of 55.12 in the 300 hurdles. In the field events, Zoe M. placed fifth in the long jump with a personal best jump of 15.8.75, now third all time in MPA history. 15.8.75 gets Zoe on the state honor roll in the long jump! Junior Catherine Moore placed fourth in the discus throw with a near personal best of 80.9.

In the 4x100m, junior Catherine Moore, ninth grader Ella Fruchterman, and eighth graders Greta M. (Gentry) and Zoe M. place second in a season best time of 53.00, moving up to sole possession of fourth place all time at MPA. In the 4x800m, seniors Gabby Law and Sofia Walker, sophomore Izzy Quam and eighth grader Margo N. were conference champions! They ran a season best 10:21.54, earning a spot on the state honor roll and moving up to fifth place all time at MPA with the fastest time since 2002.

The IMAC Championships are also a great opportunity for our JV runners to shine. Notable JV girls performances include ninth grader Zoe Carver placing second in both the 100m (14.85) and 200m (31.13) and ninth grader Rose Thompson-Nelson throwing a personal best of 25.3 in the shot put for first place. Sophomore Olivia Lantz placed second with a personal best throw of 19.8 in the shot put and then followed that up with second place finish in the JV discus as well with another personal best of 48.2.

On the boys side, senior Tae’Vion Wilkins started off the notable performances with a second place finish in the 100m dash in 11.83. Tae’Vion added a fourth place finish in the 200m, running 24.07. In the 400m, senior Flynn Opatz placed fourth in a personal best of 53.00, earning a spot on the state honor roll and a spot on the 400m top ten list in tenth place. Junior Nathan Harvanko placed fifth in the 400m in a personal best time of 54.33. In the 800m, senior Matthew Bourne placed third in a personal best time of 2:05.19, moving up to eighth place all time at MPA and earning a spot on the state honor roll. In the 1600m, ninth grader Isak Nightingale placed sixth with a personal best time of 4:44.39, also earning a spot on the state honor roll, and one of only two ninth graders on the state honor roll in the 1600m. In the 3200m, junior Henry Snider was the conference champion with a time of 9:55.92!

In the 110m hurdles, junior Charles Grimes placed third with a personal best time of 19.14, moving up to a tie for sixth on the all time list. Senior Dylan Dickinson was also fourth in the event in a personal best time of 19.29. Dickinson added a fourth place finish in the 300m hurdles, running a personal best 46.04 to move up to fourth all time at MPA. In the field events, senior Yahya Madar was the conference champion in the high jump for the second consecutive year, clearing 6’4”. Senior Dylan Dickinson record a personal best in the triple jump with a jump of 37.0.5.

In the relays, MPA boys had a trio of third places finishes as well as a conference championship. The 4x100m (Tae’Vion Wilkins, Ian Olson, Caleb Rhodes, and Shane Fruchterman) ran 46.39. The 4x200m (Flynn Opatz, Ian Olson, Shane Fruchterman, and Nathan Harvanko) ran a season best 1:37.14, good for fourth place all time and a spot on the state honor roll. The 4x400m (Nathan Harvanko, Henry Peterson, Matthew Bourne, and Flynn Opatz) ran a season best 3:39.97, seventh all time at MPA and qualified for a spot on the honor roll. The 4x800m (Peter Manolis, Matthew Bourne, Cullen Moore and Henry Snider) were the IMAC champions, running 8:50.00!

Notable JV boys performances include ninth graders Anton Gerstner and Evan Pederson finishing third and fourth in the JV 200m dash in 26.89 and 27.44. Evan also won the JV 400m in a personal best of 1:00.02 and earned a personal best, placing third, in the JV long jump. Ninth graders Louis Schmitz (1:01.26) and Mason Miller (1:01.86) finished third and fourth in the 400m. Louis also won the JV 800m in 2:24.43.

The girls varsity team scored 51 points to place fifth and the boys varsity team scored 87 points to place third!

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