Written by John Kuhens on April 10, 2015

Mt. Pleasant High School girls and boys track teams had success at Centerville during the Big Red Relays Thursday night that were shortened by threatening weather. The Panther girls won their class with 98 points ahead of Davis County with 89. Kelsi Phipps set a record in the 100 meter hurdles with her winning time of 14.70 and she won the long jump going 15’ 6”. Danielle Coffin won the 100 meter dash in 12.95, Taylor Murray won the 3,000 in 12:26.16. Panthers won the 4×200 meter relay running 1:57.6 with Brianna Shelman, Ashlee Menke, Katie Ensminger and Danielle Coffin. The 4×800 won in 10:46.2 Natalie Ita, Laura Hult, Delaney McDowell and Ellie Conrad the runners. The shuttle hurdle relay was 1st with Sidney Taylor, Allison Buckert, Ashlee Menke and Kailey Peterson running 1:15.74.

The Panther boys track team also won the team title in the inclement weather shortened meet, Panthers were led by Ben Canby who threw the discus for a meet and new school record of 170’ 8”, he also won the shot at 48’ 1.5”. Logan Murray won the 3200 meter run in 10:25. Cole Phillips won the 110 meter high hurdles in 14.35 a new meet record and the 100 meter dash in 10.89. Panthers won the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:01.2.

On our local sports schedule for today: Some of yesterday’s events that were postponed because of weather will be played today. The MPHS girl’s soccer team hosts Ottumwa. The Boy’s golf team goes to Washington, The MPHS boys tennis team is at Fairfield. Mt. Pleasant Middle School boys track meet will be held at Maple Leaf Track at 4:30 p.m. Saturday the Mt. Pleasant Middle School soccer team will open their season at a tournament in Morning Sun with matches at 7:30 a.m. against Mediapolis and 2 p.m. vs Columbus Community. MPHS JV boy’s soccer team plays in a tournament in Ft. Madison at 8 a.m. The MPHS varsity tennis team is in a tournament at Ft. Madison at 9 a.m.

Former Mt. Pleasant Panther basketball standout Jordan Ashton, who starred at Kirkwood Community College this past season has been selected to play in the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Basketball All-Star Game in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 9th. Jordon was named 1st team all American and 1st team all academic by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Iowa Wesleyan College is hosting the Southeast Area Special Olympics Spring Games tomorrow on the Maple Leaf Complex Track. Nicole Briell is helping to organize the event that moves to Mt. Pleasant after being held at William Penn College in Oskaloosa for a number of years. Wesleyan is converting from being a NAIA school to NCAA Division III. The NCAA is a major supporter of Special Olympics nationally and IWC wanted to get involved locally. They contacted Special Olympics about how they could help and found out the area games was looking for a new home after William Penn decided to not host the event any longer. B.J. Wagy of IWC also helping organize the event invites local people to attend the event that will open with a ceremony at 10 a.m. and run until about 4 p.m. with not only the athletic events but also a number of activities for the athletes and their families to enjoy. If you would like to volunteer to help at the April 11th event contact Nicole Briell at 385-6383 or