BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MT. PLEASANT- At the beginning of the year it was junior Tate Johnson that was turning heads on the oval track this spring, but of late it’s been younger sister Taylor who’s garnering the spotlight.
Johnson captures two individual first-place finishes at Thursday’s Denny White Relays at the Mapleleaf Complex in Mt Pleasant. She also ran a strong second leg of the first-place 4×400 relay team for the Lady Hounds.
Fort Madison finished with 140 points good enough for fourth place overall. Mt. Pleasant won the girls meet with 207 points. Central Lee was 5th overall with 77 points.
Johnson led the field with a 29.23 time in the 200 and then, running one of her first competitive 400s, raced to a 1:08.13, a full three seconds ahead of anyone else in the 19-team field.
Johnson said the Bloodhounds have had a rough start to the season with the indoor season completely canceled and the first outdoor meet canceled
“It was pretty iffy at first. but we’re all getting better and better every meet,” the freshman said.
“200s and 400s are probably my best. I did a 100 and then I just started doing 400s and I’m finding I really enjoy that race,” Johnson said.
Head Coach Brian Mendez said the Lady Hounds are still getting things sorted out, but it’s nice to have some speed.
“We know she’s quick. She likes the 200 and we thought what the heck we might as well try her in the 400 and she’s just now coming into it,” Mendez said. “We’re gonna work with her more on it now and I think that’s going to be her race really.”
Mendez was also impressed with freshman Aija Jenkins showing in the high jump.
“It was just a couple weeks ago we had the high jump out and she was over their messin’ around and I looked over and was like, ‘What the heck?!’ and here she gets third place.”
Raquel Schneider also brought home a first place in the 400-hurdles with a time of 1:08.72. That time’s right outside the top 20 in the state for the year in that event. Schneider needs to take about 1.5 seconds off that time to be in the top 10.
The 4×400 team of Chloe Sokolik, Johnson, Schneider, and Reyna Lampe finished at 4:39.07, 2 seconds a head of the field in the girls B division, and second fastest on the day behind West Burlington Notre Dames’ 4:27.61.
Central Lee’s Amanda Gilpin raced to two second-place finishes to lead the Lady Hawks. Gilpin, a state cross-country qualifier, recorded a 5:49.74 in the 1500 and a 12:12.27 in the 3000 meter run.
Central Lee also took 2nd in the 4×100 with Abby Wellman, Karlie Pohren, Allison Kerr and Rylee Matlock running a time of 56.78. Wellman came in 2nd in the 400 hurdles at 1:10.24.
Fort Madison got a second place in the Sprint Medley behind Lampe, Taylor Barnes, Johnson and Schneider at 2:02.89. Central Lee was third at 2:03.93.
Lexi Whaley threw the shot 31-3.5″ good for second place. Kylee Cashman was third at 31-.5″.
In the boys meet, Fort Madison finished 8th overall with 78 points, while Central Lee finished in 17th with 36 points.
The best performance for the Hounds was the 4×200 where Brock Califf, Mikey DiPrima, Joey Dodson and Jakob McGowan raced to a second-place mark of 1:35.83. The distance medley team of Califf, Garrett Hannum, Dayton Davis, and Andrew Schaefer took 3rd with a time of 3:53.61.
Hannum had a strong 2nd leg in that relay on the inside lane pulling the Hounds even going into the 400.
“Our 4×200 was pretty strong today,” Head Coach Mike Schneider said. “We had some good times there.”
Schneider said the Hounds are battling the injury bug a little with speedster Tate Johnson on the shelf. Austin Miller who ran a :58 open 400 last week, had been on crutches two weeks before.
“We just need to get people healed up,” he said.
Central Lee was led by Thomas Eschman and Wyatt Schulte. Schulte took 2nd in the 400 hurdles at 1:03.86. Eschman was fourth in the 100 at 11.90 and 5th in the 110 hurdles. The shuttle hurdle team of Derick Denning, Schulte, Logan Kearns and Eschman took 4th with a time of 1:12.80.
Complete local results are below:
BOYS RESULTS (OVERALL FM 78 (8th), Central Lee 36-17th)
100-meters: FM – McGowan 11.95 (5th), Maclearn 12.58 (12th), Central Lee – Eschman 11.90 (4th – B), Hocker 11.95 (5th-B)
200-meters: FM – Schaefer 24.22 (5th), Wiseman 24.95 (8th)
400-meters: FM – L. Williams 57.05 (6th), Fullenkamp 57.99 (8th)
800-meters: FM – Fullenkamp 2:23.38 (11th), Hantzeas 2:29.52 (12th)
1600-meters: FM – Shutwell 5:24.15 (9th), John Cottrel 6:23.08 (13th), Central Lee: Anderson 5:58.79 (15th)
3200-meters: FM – Wolfe 11:30.76 (6th), Central Lee: Anderson 12:33.50 (9th).
110 hurdles: FM- Rhoer 17.86 (6th), Wiseman 19.03 (8th), Central Lee: Eschman 17.84 (5th)
400 hurdles: FM Rhoer 1:01.56 (3rd), Central Lee Schulte 1:03.86 (2nd-B), Denning 1:08.12 (12th-B)
4×100 relay: FM (Wiseman, Dodson, Dear and McGowan) 47.17 (6th), Central Lee (Conlee, Snider, Gregory, Kearns) 49.87 (6th-B)
4×200 relay: FM (Califf, DiPrima, Dodson, and McGowan) 1:35.83 (2nd); Central Lee (Conlee, Snider, Gregory, Kearns) 1:46.53 (8th-B)
4×400 relay: no entries
4×800 relay: FM (Stoermer, Cottrel, Butler and Hantzeas) 10:02.17 (6th)
Sprint Medley: FM (Williams, Dear, Davis, and DiPrima) 1:43.31 (6th)
Distance Medley: FM (Califf, Hannum, Davis, Schaefer) 3:53.61 (3rd)
Shuttle Hurdle: FM (Rhoer, Segoviano, Smith, Wiseman) 1:13.23 (4th); Central Lee (Denning, Schulte, Kearns, Eschman) 1:12.80 (4th-B)
High Jump: FM Davis 5-6″ (5th), DiPrima 5-6″ (7th); Central Lee Myhre 5-04″ (6th-B)
Long Jump: FM McGowan 19-6.5″ (4th), DiPrima 18-04″ (8th); Central Lee Eschman 18-09.75″ (6th-B)
Shot: FM Deacon 44-11″ (3rd), Ross 32-9.5″ (12th)
Discus: Deacon 138-10 (3rd), Perry 86-10″ (12th)
GIRLS RESULTS: (OVERALL FM 140-4th, Central Lee 77-5th)
100 meter dash: Rylee Steffensmeier 3rd 15.31, Emma Kern 15.66 (8th); Central Lee Sydney Jones 15.44 (4th), Adrienne Britt 16.08 (9th)
200 meter dash: Taylor Johnson 1st 29.23, Steffensmeier 31.54 (5th); Central Lee Olivia Kraus 32.29 (7th), Abby Simmons 34.46 (9th)
400 meter dash: Taylor Johnson 1st 1:08.13, Madison Meyer 1:17.45 (4th), Central Lee Taylor Griffin 1:17.58 (5th) Sidney Gruntmeir 1:18.94 (6th)
800 meter run – Lauren King 2:51.85 (4th), Madison Meyer 3:00.71 (6th), Central Lee – Brianna Gruntmeier 3:02.90 (8th)
1500 meter run: Central Lee – Amanda Gilpin 5:49.74 (2nd) Paetyn Wiegand 6:26.67 (3rd)
3000-meter run Gilpin 12:12.27 (2nd), Wiegand FM 12:24.32
100 hurdles Reyna Lampe FM 17.49 (4th), Zoe Eschman 17.99 (5th) Brooklyn Jones 23:01 (8th)
400 hurdles: Raquel Schneider FM 1st 1:08.72, Abby Wellman CL 1:10.24 (2nd), Taylor Barnes FM 1:22.32 (4th)
4×100 Relay: Central Lee (Wellman, Pohren, Kerr and Matlock) 56.78 (2nd), FM (Cashman, Jenkins, Barnes, and Swigart) 58.96 (4th)
4×200 relay: Central Lee (Howard, Kraus, Jones and Pohren) 2:02.61 (3rd); FM (Jenkins, Sokolik, E. Steffensmeier, R. Steffensmeier) 2:02.81 (4th)
4×400 relay: FM (Sokolik, Johnson, Schneider, Lampe) 1st 4:39.07; Central Lee (Howard, Griffin, S. Gruntmeir, B. Gruntmeir) 5:01.34 (4th)
4×800 relay: Central Lee (Krause, Jones, Griffin, B. Gruntmeir) 12:30.55 (3rd); FM (Swigart, King, Meyer, Burch) 12:43.59 (4th)
800 Sprint Medley: FM (Lampe, Barnes, Johnson, Schneider) (2nd) 2:02.89; Central Lee (Pohren, Matlock, Kraus, Wellman) 3rd – 2:03.93
Distance Medley: Central Lee (Howard, Arrowood, Pohren, B.Gruntmeir) 2nd – 5:11.03; Fort Madison (Cashman, R. Steffensmeier, Sokolik and Wiegand) 3rd – 5:15.36.
Shuttle Hurdle: FM (Schneider, Jenkins, Barnes, Lampe) 2nd 1:12.87; Central Lee (Eschman, Kerr, Tweedy, Wellman) 4th – 1:17.33
High Jump: FM Jenkins 5-1″ 3rd,
Long Jump: FM – Cashman 13-6″ (4th), Central Lee – Arrowood 13-2.5″ (6th), Kerr 12-6″ (7th).
Shot: FM – Whaley 31-3.5″ (2nd), Cashman 31-.5″ (3rd), Central Lee Buford 25-0″ (9th), Stice 23-11″ (10th)
Discus FM – Whaley 84-10″ (5th), Central Lee – Stice 72-05″ (7th), Buford 64-04″ (9th)