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Smallwood has ‘best day ever’

Zoe Mead (left) and Phoenix Smallwood both medaled for Princeton in the Prep Top Times Meet in Bloomington.
Zoe Mead (left) and Phoenix Smallwood both medaled for Princeton in the Prep Top Times Meet in Bloomington.

Phoenix Smallwood had what coach Pat Hodge called the best day ever for any PHS jumper in Saturday’s Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Championships at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

The PHS senior medaled twice with a pair of school records. She placed second in the triple jump with a jump of 36 feet, 4 inches, eclipsing the school record of 35-10 1/2 set by Sarah Maynard in 2009. Smallwood also placed third in the long jump at 17-6 3/4, tying the school record set by Nicole Coates in 1989.

“It was the best day so far in Phoenix’s career with two personal bests,” Hodge said. “She was pretty consistent throughout the whole competition. Her best jump in both events happened on her fifth attempt. She looked like she had a little more pop in her jumps and was able to hit the board regularly.”

PHS junior Zoe Mead broke her own school record in the 800 meters at 2:26.91, good for ninth place.

“Three indoor records in three events. A pretty good day’s work and worth getting up for at 5:30 in the morning,” Hodge said.

Bureau Valley’s Regan Weidner captured third place in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:49.57. Hall’s Katie Hoffert placed 13th in the triple jump at 32-4 1/4.

In the boys’ meet, PHS senior Austen Stewart placed eighth with a jump of 6-2. Bureau Valley placed fifth in the 4x400 (3:38.58) and ninth in the 4x8 (8:49.43).

Dillon F/S Invite: The Princeton boys’ track team reigned in Friday’s underclass competition, topping Sterling 92-86 for first-place honors. The PHS girls also placed second.

“Tonight was a great victory for our young men,” PHS coach Dan Foes said. “So far in the indoor, they have performed very well. Tonight was the first night they got to go against competition their own age. The experience they have gotten on the varsity this year showed through tonight. Coach (Curtis) Odell and I are very proud of their effort tonight.”

Kai Tomaszewski clocked the top time in both the 60 meters (7.31) and 400 meters (56.0). PHS also scored big in the triple jump with second-place Luke Marselle (36-2) and third place Jacob Gleason (32-2 9 1/4). Other top individuals performances were by Drew Pranka, third in the pole vault (9-6), Brock Griffin, third in the 200 meters (26.39), Trevor Bickett, fourth in the shot put (38-5) and Marselle, fifth in the long jump (16-11).

In relays, PHS placed fourth in the 4x200 (1:48.3) with Tomaszewski, Griffin, John Mead and Marselle, fourth in the 4x400 (4:18) with Mead, Marselle, Tyler Webster and Tomaszewski and fifth in the 4x800 (10:16.9) with Denver Wyatt, Jacob Gleason, Dominic Biggs and Webster.

Bureau Valley placed 10th (26) as a team. Trey Dale placed second in the 200 meters (26.19) and fourth in the triple jump (32-4). Fourths also went to Charlie Lotspeich in the 3200 (1211.7) and Will Konneck in the 60 meters (7.72).

The Princeton girls also had their share of success, taking second as a team, its best showing in the meet since 2009, when the Tigresses also placed second. Colbi Schertz won the shot put (33-3 1/2) and Sierra Storm won the pole vault (8-6), both with PHS meet and personal bests. Ann Sims also turned in a PHS meet best with a second-place effort in the triple jump at 29-2.

Also placing second were Nicole Holland in the shot put with a personal best 32-6 1/2 and Hailey Schultz in the long jump (13-8 1/2).

Tieg Sisler placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (11.4) and fifth in the high jump (4-4) while Kallie Albrecht was fifth in the 400 (1:11.9). In relays, PHS placed fifth in the 4x200 (2:05.5) with Kira Harp, Sims, Elise Blocki and Schultz and eighth in the 4x400 (5:11.9) with Sims, Blocki, Sisler and Harp.

“While we still have a few holes that we may not be able to fix this season, I thought that we did a nice job to finish second,” Hodge said.

Sterling Invite: Princeton’s Sierra Storm placed second in the pole vault at 8-3 in Saturday’s Sterling Invitational at the Westwood Complex.

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