May 29, 2024

Boys take silver, girls seventh at Graceland

Creston sophomore Seth Gordon runs the 55m dash Friday at the Graceland High School Meet in Lamoni where he won in a time of 6.99 seconds.

LAMONI — The Panthers had a change of schedule last week as the Carroll Early Bird meet was canceled due to weather. Instead the Panthers track team headed to Lamoni Friday to compete at the Graceland High School Meet.

The boys placed second, narrowly edging out Albia and Central Decatur by two points. Clarke placed seventh and Nodaway Valley took ninth.

In the girls standings, it was Nodaway Valley tying with Wayne for second place while Clarke placed sixth and the Panthers seventh.


The boys had three first place events - two relays and an individual event.

Sophomore Seth Gordon took first in the 55m dash with a time of :06.99.

The 4x800m relay and the distance medley both placed first as well.

Running the 4x800 were Colby Brammer, Brandon Briley, Tyler Riley and Davin Wallace.

Brandon Briley runs a relay leg. Briley was a part of the winning 4x800 and distance medley relay teams.

The distance medley was ran by Gordon, Riley, Wallace and Briley.

The boys 4x400m relay of Brammer, Wallace, Briley and Riley placed second, finishing just two seconds shy of Shenandoah, who won the meet by 100 points.

Earning bronze was freshman Tom Mikkelsen in the shot put with a throw of 45-10. Senior Quinten Fuller took sixth with a throw of 42-10.5.

Brammer ran the open 800m race where he took third in 2:21.51.

Trenton Warner was the only top-five placing athlete for the Wolverines. He took silver in shot put with a throw of 46-09.

Clarke’s Cole White earned first in shot put with his throw of 47-03.

The Clarke 4x800 relay placed third. Brock Watson took fourth in the 200m and Micah Domina placed fourth in the 800m.


Despite graduating a few runners, the Panthers 4x800m relay team remains a strong event for the girls.

Returners Ella Turner and Payton Davis are joined in the relay by Avery Staver, an East Union transfer, and Hope Henderson.

Avery Staver runs a leg in the winning girls 4x800 m relay. Also running in the relay were Payton Davis, Hope Henderson and Ella Turner.

The four took first place Friday with a time of 11:04.19, topping second place by more than 30 seconds.

Both girls distance medley relays placed. The team of Maylee Riley, Alainah Galanakis, Staver and Henderson placed third in 4:53.09 while the team of Grace Travis, Kinzley Downing, Karter Clayton and Davis placed fifth in 5:00.87.

Placing fourth was the 4x400 team of Staver, Riley, Downing and Henderson.

The 4x400 relay of Travis, Davis, Turner and Reese Strunk also took fifth.

Annika Nelson racked up points for the Wolverines, taking first in the 55m hurdle and third in the 55m dash. Nelson was on the winning girls 4x200m relay team and third-place 4x400m relay.

Annika Nelson of Nodaway Valley clears a hurdle in a first-place time of :09.06.

Emma Lundy, also on the 4x200 and 4x400, took first in the 200m dash. For field events, Addison Glade jumped 14-04.5 in long jump for fourth palce and Jorja Holliday’s throw of 33-06.5 placed fourth in shot put.

Clarke’s Kya Thornton won the 55m dash in :07.74 and placed second in the 200m dash.

The Panthers return to action Thursday for an H10 meet in Shenandoah.

Cheyenne Roche


Originally from Wisconsin, Cheyenne has a journalism and political science degree from UW-Eau Claire and a passion for reading and learning. She lives in Creston with her husband and their two little dogs.