Track and Field team membersMPA Track and Field traveled to Blake for the IMAC relays on Thursday and had a number of terrific performances. Notable results for the girls team include 10th grader Katie Dahiya placing third in the 1600m run with a new personal best time of 5:39.78, now eighth best all time at MPA. In the 1600m medley relay, the team of seniors Gabby Law and Sofia Walker, junior Catherine Moore and eighth grader Greta M. (Gentry Academy) placed third with a time of 4:42.20, now ninth place all time at MPA. In the 4x100m relay, the team of junior Catherine Moore, ninth grader Ella Fruchterman, and eighth graders Zoe M., and Greta M. (Gentry Academy) placed third with a time of 53.64, now seventh of all time at MPA.

In the high jump relay, seniors Sofia Walker (4’4) and Gabby Law (4’4), and junior Zoe Hutton (4’0) combined for a total of 12’8, good for third place and are now third all-time at MPA. Sofia and Gabby’s jumps of 4’4 move them into a tie for eighth place on the high jump top 10 performances list. In the long jump, eighth grader Greta M. (Gentry Academy) placed sixth with a personal best jump of 15’1 ½, good for seventh all time at MPA.

In the shot put relay, the team of sophomore Izzy Quam and ninth graders Olivia Lantz and Rose Thompson-Nelson totaled 67’ 0 ½, now eighth on the top 10 list all time. In the discus relay, the team of junior Catherine Moore and ninth graders Olivia Lantz and Rose Thompson-Nelson totaled 173′ 11, led by Catherine’s fourth place throw of 81’1, and are now eighth on the top 10 all-time list. The girls team finished in fifth place with 57.5 points.

On the boys side, notable performances included senior Dylan Dickinson placing third in the 110m hurdles with a near personal best time of 19.44. In the 4x100m relay, the team of seniors Tae’Vion Wilkins and Ian Olson, junior Shane Fruchterman, and sophomore Caleb Rhodes placed second in a time of 47.23, now ninth all time at MPA. In the 4x1600m relay, senior Matthew Bourne (4:45.32), junior Henry Snider (4:35.55, third place, personal best), sophomore Peter Manolis (5:04.60, personal best) and freshman Isak Nightingale (4:47.61, personal best) placed second. Their total time of 19:13.08 is now sixth best all time at MPA. In the 800m medley relay, the team of seniors Tae’Vion Wilkins, Ian Olson, and Flynn Opatz and junior Nathan Harvanko placed first with a time of 1:40.74, now third best all time at MPA. Also finishing first was the 4x800m relay team. Seniors Matthew Bourne and Henry Peterson, junior Henry Snider, and freshman Cullen Moore ran a season best time of 8:52.07. In the 4x300m hurdles relay, the team of seniors Dylan Dickinson and Flynn Opatz, and juniors Charles Grimes and Quincy Lewis placed first with a total time of 3:29.70, also establishing a new school record.

In the high jump relay, seniors Yahya Madar (6’6, first place, ties personal best), Matthew Bourne (4’10), and sophomore Callum Jones (5’2, personal best) placed first with a total height of 16’6, establishing a new school record! Also establishing a new school record was the triple jump relay, consisting of seniors Dylan Dickinson Tae’Vion Wilkins, Flynn Opatz. They totaled 105′ 6 ½ to place third. In the long jump relay, juniors Nathan Harvanko and Quincy Lewis, and tenth grader Caleb Rhodes totaled a distance of 51’10, to place third and are now third all-time at MPA. The boys team finished in second place.

Because of the relay format of this meet, many athletes competed in an event they don’t typically do. A special thank you to everyone who filled in in an event that was new to them! The Panthers Track and Field team is in competition next on Tuesday at the Section 4A True Team Meet at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead High School.

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