Fourth-place Panther girls miss first by just 17 points

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 3, 2004

JANESVILLE &045; For the most part, NRHEG girls’ track and field coaches Duey Ferber and Mike Weber were pleased.

But it wouldn’t have taken much more for them to be completely satisfied.

The Panthers finished fourth among six schools in Friday’s Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Invitational, a mere 17 points away from first.

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Maple River won with 114 points, followed by Montgomery-Lonsdale with 102, JWP 99, NRHEG 97, Mankato Loyola 65.5 and Faribault Academies 43.5.

“We were pleased for the most part tonight,” said Ferber. “It’s not easy finishing fourth only 17 points behind first place. Hopefully, this motivates us to work just a little harder in practice. We know every point counts. We need more scorers in fifth and sixth to pick us up.”

Alison Anderson had two of the Panthers’ four firsts, winning the 100 and 200-meter dash. She was second in the long jump. Karla Lewer won the 3200 and took second in the 1600. Kalisha Anthony won the 100 hurdles and was fifth in the long jump.

Other Panther places: Jennifer Grunzke, second, discus; Ashley Misgen, third, 100 hurdles, fourth, high jump and fifth, 300 hurdles; Alyssa Braaten, third, 100; 4×200 relay, fourth (Braaten, Megan Groskreutz, Bryanna Anthony, Hillary Johnson); Jessica Brouwers, fourth, 800; Brittany Schwartz, fifth, shot put and sixth, discus; 4×800 relay, sixth (Melissa Barber, Melissa Maurer, Jessica Knudson, Brouwers); Jill Drube, sixth, 200; 4×400 relay, sixth (Brouwers, Barber, Knudson, Samantha Davis).