SPRING VALLEY — The Bureau Valley Storm boys’ track and field team would make for a pretty good baseball team this spring. They’ve gone three up and three down in the early going of the 2013 season, batting one thousand when it comes to winning invitational meets.
On Saturday, the Storm added another piece of hardware to their trophy case, capturing the Rollie Morris Invitational at Hall High School by a runaway victory over Mendota (64) and St. Bede (63) with 155.5 points. Already this season, they’ve won the Don Gooden Classic at Mendota and the Howard-Monier Invitational at Princeton.
“It’s always a goal to win the meets,” BV coach Nick Hartz said. “A lot of it is these kids have a lot of pride in all that they do. They see a lot of teams in the area that maybe think they are doing a little bit better. I’ll be honest, I think our team is performing as well as any team in the area, and in terms of all around performances, we got kids scoring points everywhere. So its nice to see it now, early in the season. Hopefully, that will continue on in May and towards end of May for sectionals and state. If we can keep it the way it is, I’m going to be happy all year long.”
“We won this one quite more than I thought we would,” said BV senior Kristian Konneck, who won the 100 and 200 meters. “We have a lot of potential as a team. We’re young, we have pretty skilled endurance runners. We got them to thank for that,
“At the beginning of the year I was a little skeptical of it, but once we got outdoors I knew we had a chance to do something,” BV senior Logan Hoffert said. “We did a lot of good things in the indoor season and I knew we could push through the outdoors season. I just want to carry these guys as much as I can, cause it’s my last year and I want them to go far as well.”
The Storm were dominant once again in the relays, making a complete sweep across the board. They had top times in the 4x100 (47.13), 4x200 (1:37.63), 4x400 (3:39.77).
Konneck said it’s all about teamwork when it comes to the Storm’s success in the relays.
“We get together, talk about what we’re going to do, We practice our handoffs and what our steps are,” said Konneck, who anchored both the 4x100 and 4x200 with his brother, Will, on the lead. “It’s a different feeling, because your whole team’s relying on you, instead of just yourself. Kind of gives you more responsibilities in a relay, so yes, there’s definitely pressure.”
Konneck did a pretty good solo act, too, in sweeping the sprints. He won the 100 meters in 11.26 and was most impressive in taking the 200 coming out of the slow heat.
“I had no one to chase, so that was different. I usually like chasing people, but I still ran fast. I call it a win, a win’s a win,” he said.
The Storm’s Daniel Trone (400 meters, 53.74) and Conor Mooney (110 hurdles, 16.93) were the one being chased in their individual races. Teammates Kane Eastwood and Ryan Taylor placed 2-3 in the 800 meters.
Hoffert landed just far enough to win the triple jump at 40-3, taking the blue ribbon by an inch and a quarter. Hartz was a little more impressed with Hoffert’s effort than Hoffert was.
“That’s good, but not good enough. I’ve got to keep working on it. I’m going to get a lot better competition as the year goes on and I’ve got to prepare myself for that,” Hoffert said
“It’s a big thing for Logan to win the triple jump. He’s always got (Hall’s Landon) Piccatto and (St. Bede’s Steve) Gualandri competing against. It’s good for him to get another win,” Hartz said.
Gualandri (41.78) did edge Hoffert (42.0) in the 300 hurdles. The Bruins Michael Slingsby won the shot put (46-11) and followed teammate John Barnes with a 2-3 finish in the discus.
Host Hall got a winning effort from sophomore Al Baldonado, who won the 1600 (4:59.16) by five seconds. The Red Devils finished fifth (53) as a team.
• Relay runners for the Storm included Will Konneck, Logan Hoffert, Trone and Kristian Konneck in the 4x100, the Konneck brothers and Mooney and Trey Dale in the 4x200, Taylor, Hoffert, Tucker Schoff and Trone in the 4x400 and Colton Peterson, Andrew Smith, Taylor and Eastwood in the 4x800.