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Mead runs down Faber record

Princeton’s Phoenix Smallwood strikes a ballerini-like pose on the way to winning the long jump Monday.
Princeton’s Phoenix Smallwood strikes a ballerini-like pose on the way to winning the long jump Monday.

PRINCETON — Rebekah Faber was one of the best runners to ever come out of Princeton High School, a state champion in the 1600 meters in 2003 and a state cross country runner-up in 2001.

On Monday, the former PHS standout had to surrender one of her three meet records.

PHS junior Zoe Mead bested Faber’s record in the 800 meters with a clocking of 2 minutes, 22.07 seconds. Faber has held the record since 2003 at 2:24.04.

“It was great to see Zoe get such a good time running out in front as she did in the 800. It was a personal best for her and to break a Rebekah Faber record of any kind is a nice achievement,” PHS coach Pat Hodge said. “She got out a little quicker and maintained her pace a little better in the middle of the race.  She also came back nicely in the 200.”

Faber still holds meet records set in the 1600 (5:12.34) and 3200 (11:40.4), both set in 2003.

Mead won the 200 meters with a time of 27.72. She was joined as a double winner by teammate Phoenix Smallwood (triple jump, long jump). The Tigresses finished fifth as a team with 111 points.

Smallwood won both of her jumps for the seventh time this season. She sailed 17-1 in the long jump and went 35-6 to claim the triple jump.

“Phoenix had another fine performance in getting another double victory, very consistent with where she’s been all year,” Hodge said.

Kewanee’s Freya Block, a senior from Neponset, broke the other record of the day when she put the shot 38-7 3/4. Runner-up Katelin Horn of Mendota (38-6 1/2) also bested the previous meet record of 38-0 1/4 set by Amber Ruter of Princeton in 2010.

Block, who was named as the Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet, also won the discus with a toss of 126-2.

Third-place Hall (146) had a pair of winners in Tanya Acamovic (100 hurdles, 18.51) and Brooke Keegan (400, 1:03.91). Keegan also placed second in the 200 (28.34) and third in the 100 (13.91).

The Lady Red Devils also won the 4x400 relay on the legs of Ashley Keegan, Jacquie Wallaert, Brittany Foster and Katie Hoffert with a time of 4:41.48.

St. Bede’s Zoe Postula won the high jump (4-9) and placed second in the 100 hurdles (18.63). The Lady Bruins’ Abbi Bosnich won the thrower’s 100 with a the of 14.83.

• Tiger tales: Princeton picked up 3-4 finishes in throws with Colbi Schertz and Nicole Holland in the shot put and Taylor Clark and Holland in the discus. “I was very pleased with many of our performances on a kind of dreary afternoon. All in all, I thought that there was some light in all the gloom with many of our performances,” Hodge said.


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