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Relays lift BV boys to victory at Mendota

MENDOTA — The Bureau Valley boys’ track team pooled its resources Saturday, winning the boys’ portion of the Don Gooden Classic at Mendota on the strength of three first-place finishes and a second in relays.

The Storm won the 4x100 (47.13) with Kristian Konneck, Will Konneck, Logan Hoffert and Daniel Trone, the 4x400 (3:39.36) with Ryan Taylor, Trone, Hoffert and Tucker Schoff and the 4x800 (9:02.28) with Kane Eastwood, Colton Peterson, Taylor and Andrew Smith. They also placed second in the 4x200 (1:40).

That led the Storm to a 103 to 88.5 margin of victory over Byron, which claimed the overall team championship.

“It was a win that was nice to have as it was our first meet outdoors. We went in with the expectations that we could do pretty well so getting the win was icing on the cake,” BV coach Nick Hartz said. “I knew going in that the 4x8 and the 4x4 were going to do well with how things went indoors. The 4x1 and 4x2 were works in progress since Friday was the first time we worked on closed handoffs this season. I was very happy to see how well the kids did.

“The boys did a fantastic job all around. We had kids step up early in the season which is a great thing to have.”

BV gained a first place from Conor Mooney in the 110 hurdles (18.38) while Hoffert took second in the 300 hurdles (43.02) and in the triple jump (41-2). The Storm’s Eastwood (2:17.73) and Taylor (2:18.13) placed 2-3 in the 800 and Kristian Konneck was second in the 200 (24.75).

“Lots of kids stepped up for our first meet and I couldn’t be more proud of them and their success. They make my job easy with their work ethics,” Hartz said.

St. Bede’s Steven Gualandri won the 300 hurdles (42.47) and teammates Michael Slingsby (shot, 44-2) and John Barnes (discus, 141-3) took seconds in the weights.

Hall’s Landon Piccatto won the triple jump (41-4 1/2) and placed second in the long jump (19-5 1/2). Teammate Al Baldonado placed third in the 3200 (10:40.8) and fourth in the 1600 (5:00.13).

Kai Tomaszewski’s second-place finish in the 400 (55.7) was the best showing for Princeton. Tomaszewski also took part in the Tigers’ third-place effort in 4x100 (47.6) with Austen Stewart, Derrick Wooden and Caleb Strom. Jordan Sissel was fourth in both weights with throws of 41-11 and 126-5.

The Princeton girls placed fourth (59) as a team with a strong showing in the field events with three first-place finishes. Byron, which also won the combined team title, ran away with the girls’ title by a 141-87 margin over Fieldcrest.

Phoenix Smallwood set PHS meet bests to win both the long jump (17- 2) and triple jump (35-11 3/4). PHS coach Pat Hodge called it Smallwood’s best outdoor double in her career despite battling a strong wind.

“It was a little tough getting her steps down, but she did a nice job in battling through that,” Hodge said

Sierra Strorm used a personal best mark of  8-6  to win the pole vault. She made a good attempt at the 9 foot, but then the wind picked up, which Hodge said hurt her step pattern.

Zoe Mead ran off with the 200 meter dash (28.86) and took second in the 800 (2:31.6), both with strong finishes running into a strong headwind.

Nicole Holland  placed second in the discus with a personal best 107-5 and followed teammate Colbi Schertz (31-9) with an eighth-place finish in the shot put (31-5 1/2).

“I was also very pleased with the performances of our non-scoring girls who put in good efforts including running in some relays that we just put together at the last minute, due to injury and other commitments. I thought that it was a nice job for us in getting fourth place overall as a team,” Hodge said.

Bureau Valley’s Lindsey Hoffert won the 400 (1:05.14) and took second in the 200 (28.88), edged by Mead at the finish.

Regan Weidner won the 1600 (12:41.73) in her outdoor debut. The Storm, which finished sixth (52) as a team, also got a first-place finish from its 4x100 relay of Lauren Peterson, Haley DeVoss, Katelin Johnson and Hoffert with a time of 54.59.

Hall placed second in the 4x400 (4:37.18 with Lexi Piccatto, Jacquie Wallaert, Brittany Foster and Brooke Keegan. The Lady Devils also scored a third from Tanya Acamovic in the 100 hurdles (20.35).

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