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Stormy weather at BV

Jeff Ohlson was joking with Mendota counterpart Gary Barrera that he was glad Barrera was the athletic director in charge of the meet when the power went out during last week’s Don Gooden Classic at Mendota.

Minutes later, the shoe was on the other foot. Ohlson received a phone call informing him a section of the visiting bleachers had been blown onto the track at Bureau Valley and ripped out 15 small pieces of the track.

Ohlson said it should be an easy repair, but they need a dry day to get the job done.

• The Rollie: Hall High School will hosts its annual invitational, the Rollie Morris Invitational, Saturday, held in honor of its late and beloved track coach. He was the Hall coach from 1962-1993.

Bureau Valley, St. Bede and Putnam County will be among the coed teams in the field with Princeton bringing only its girls. The PHS boys always run in the Rochelle Hub Relays on this weekend.

Other schools in the field include Fieldcrest, Henry/Midland, Lowpoint/Washburn, Roanoke-Benson, Putnam County, Stillman Valley and Streator.

Visit for a list of the meet records.

• Out of the blocks: The Bureau Valley track and field teams have come out of the gates running — the Storm boys winning the Don Gooden at Mendota and the Howard-Monier Invite. The BV girls won their portion of the Howard-Monier last week.

“Coming outdoors is always an interesting situation because you never know how kids are going to be ready for it,” BV boys coach Nick Hartz said. “With the weather, it’s been tough getting outside as much as you want, but I’m really happy how we’ve done. We’ve had some kids step up early so far all across the board, young kids and veterans. It’s all coming together pretty early. Hopefully, that continues throughout the rest of the year, and we’ll see what happens.”

Hartz said the Rollie Morris will be a big test for the Storm with Aurora Christian returning as the defending champions.

• The great outdoors: If there’s one area athlete glad to be getting outdoors for track, it’s Bureau Valley senior Logan Hoffert. He won the 300 hurdles Tuesday at the Howard-Monier Invite and anchored the Storm’s winning 4x400 relay.

“It feels nice being outside now. Indoor season is good and all, but outdoor season is where it’s at. That’s where the real stuff begins,” Hoffert said.

• Notes: Colbi Schertz broke the PHS fresh/soph record in the shot put with a toss of 36-4 1/4 Monday at Princeton. The former record had been held since 1992 at 36-0 1/2 by Bridget Byers, now known as Mrs. Foes at Reagan Middle School. Schertz was one of four PHS throwers, who got a personal best in at least one of their throwing events. Soph Taylor Clark won the discus with a personal best.

Other Monday highlights saw Phoenix Smallwood make a another double win in the triple jump and long jump, Sierra Storm win the pole vault and Tieg Sisler win the 100 hurdles with a personal best. PHS coach Pat Hodge noted Zoe Mead ran every distance Monday from the 200 up to the 1600, which she won, and took part in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

An addition to Tuesday’s Howard-Monier results should include Hall’s Morgan Burcham, who placed second in the varsity 400 meters with a time of 54.08.

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