Panthers make it five in a row

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2002

NEW RICHLAND &045; It’s probably appropriate the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls’ track and field team hosts the Sub-section 5A meet.

For several years, the Panthers have owned it.

The NRHEG girls dominated Thursday’s meet on the New Richland track, taking the championship for the fifth year in a row. The Panthers had 161 points, followed by United South Central with 104, St. Clair 80, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 78, Maple River 58, Glenville-Emmons 38 and Alden-Conger 3.

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&uot;The girls take great pride in the streak,&uot; said Panthers co-coach Duey Ferber. &uot;We showed our depth once again.&uot;

The Panthers advanced people to the region meet in 15 of 18 events, including all four relays.

Nicole Lonning claimed a pair of gold medals Thursday, winning the shot put and the discus. The other individual win was by Kelsie Hansen in the high jump.

Camille Kyte, Anthony, Brandis Hagen and Alison Anderson teamed for first in the 4×200-meter relay while Emily Kofstad, Ellen Johnson, Michelle Dobberstein and Anthony won the 4×100.

Kyte was second in three events: the 100, 200 and triple jump. Also taking second were Kofstad in the long jump and Anthony in the pole vault. The 4×800 team of Jessica Brouwers, April Bayerkohler, Melissa Maurer and Michel Maurer took second, as did the 4×400 crew of Ashley Misgen, Alicia Kaplan, Melissa Barber and Sarah Kyte.

Also advancing to section: Kaplan, third, long jump; Anthony, third, 100 hurdles; Anderson, third, 100 and third, 200; Megan Groskreutz, fourth, pole vault; Hansen, fourth, 100 hurdles; Jean Raimann, fourth, shot put; Misgen, fourth, 300 hurdles; Michel Maurer, fourth, 800.

Other NRHEG places: Kofstad, fifth, 100; Karla Lewer, fifth, 1600; Misgen, fifth, high jump; Hansen, fifth, 300 hurdles; Hagen, fifth, 200; Barber, sixth, pole vault; Bayerkohler, sixth, 1600.

The Section 2A meet is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mankato West. The top two individuals, winning relay teams and anyone meeting the qualifying standard advances to state.