Monticello appears to have wrapped up the Class 2-A team title at the state boys’ track meet.
Ben Ahlrichs and William Dougherty finished first and second in the 800, helping the Panthers beat the 2-A record of 69 points. They currently have 72.
It was a triumph that eased the burden of Monticello’s disappointing fifth-place showing last year.
“Our coach straight up told us, ‘If we don’t come down here and dominate, you’re all walking home,” Ahlrichs recalled.
Ahlrichs won in 1:56.68. Dougherty ran 1:57.06.