The Monroe City girls track and field team battled to second place Thursday at the CanSippi Relays at Culver-Stockton College.

Coach Laura Mulvaney admits her Monroe City girls track and field team was a bit run-down entering Thursday's CanSippi Relays at Culver-Stockton College.

But the Lady Panthers still found a way to be in contention by the end of their third meet in a week. 

Monroe City earned runner-up honors with 100 team points, trailing only champion Clark County's 143 points in the eight-school field.

“Honestly, the girls and I were all really shocked of how well we ended up coming out on this one,” Mulvaney said. “We have been battling illnesses this week, and with a few meets in a row the girls looked and felt sluggish. However, they really came together and scored points when we needed them.” 

Lila Yager set a season best of 8 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault, while teammate Riley Fortner took third in the event. 

Yager's win helped set the tone for Monroe City.

“Lila has done very well so far this year in the pole vault,” Mulvaney said. “Every meet she is consistently 8 feet, and she showed that she was ready to move up to her PR. It's fun watching our vaulters continuing to be successful every meet and to show that they will be ready for the postseason meets." 

Bailey Hays raced to first for Monroe City in the 3,200 in 13:00, while Lauren Reid finished third with a PR of 13:28 for Palmyra, which finished fifth as a team with 91.5 points.

Grace Krigbaum of Palmyra won both hurdles races with personal best times. Krigbaum won the 300 hurdles in 52.55 and the 100 hurdles in 17.39.

Drew Billups won the discus for Palmyra with a personal best toss of 89 feet, 7 inches. 

Palmyra girls coach Nick Koetters was pleased with the overall performance of his team. 

“We experimented a lot tonight and wanted to give some girls a chance to run,” Koetters said. “And I think it did us a lot of good. We know we still have a ton of work to do, but the way these ladies competed and fought tonight I know our program is in great hands for years to come.”

Marion County junior Sadie Spratt claimed first in the triple jump at 32 feet, 7 ½ inches.

“Sadie has really improved on her triple jump this year, and I think the reason is that she has been concentrating on her phases, especially the step phase,” Marion County coach Margaret Keilholz said.

Marion County's Payton Hays (17.37) and Spratt (17.39) took second and third, respectively, in the 100 hurdles. 

“Both girls had personal records,” Keilholz said. “They really push each other. I expect them both to be below 17 seconds very soon.” 

Haleigh St. Clair posted a distance of 32 feet, 5 inches in the shot put for Monroe City to place second.

Monroe City's McKenzie West earned third in the 100 with a PR of 13.33, while teammate Cearia Wardlow added a third-place finish for Monroe City in the long jump at 14 feet, 2 inches. 

Kierston Holston and Hattie Haerr rounded out Palmyra's top finishes with second and third, respectively, in the high jump.