There’s a lot of familiar names dotting the first installment of the BCR Track and Field Honors. Some of those faces are in new places, like Princeton’s Zoe Mead.
Known more for her distance running, the PHS junior stands atop the 200, 400 and 800 meters. She’s been on the fast track, breaking records along the way. When you beat a Rebekah Faber record (Princeton Invite 800 meters, 2:22.07, like coach Pat Hodge said, that’s doing something.
There’s also just some new faces like freshmen Zoe Postula, who heads up the 100 hurdles (18.31), and John Barnes, who leads the boys’ discus (141-3), of St. Bede, and Tanja Acamovic of Hall, who sits in the pole position in the girls’ 300 hurdles (52.74).
And then there’s the old standbys.
Princeton senior Phoenix Smallwood is pulling ahead from the crowd in the triple jump (35-11 3/4) and long jump (17-2).
Bureau Valley’s dynamic duo of sophomores Lindsey Hoffert (100, 13.0) and Regan Weidner (1600, 5:43; 3200, 12:41.73) are back on top of their respective events where they were a year ago.
PHS sophomore Sierra Storm remains as the area leader in the girls’ pole vault, looking to return to her heights (8-3) of a year ago.
The boys are also back in two events.
Princeton senior Austen Stewart, who cleared 6-6 a year ago, stands atop the high jump this spring at 6-4. He cleared 6-8 during the indoor season.
Hall senior Landon Piccatto, a 2012 state qualifier, returns atop the triple jump charts at 41-7 1/2. He also leads the honor roll in the long jump (20-0 1/4) and 300 IH (41.26).
Hall soph Al Baldonado has taken over as the distance runner to beat with times of 4:52.89 and 10:09.96.
Mark your calenders: Upcoming events include Three Rivers girls at Morrison (May 3), Illinois Valley Conference at Ottawa (May 6), Three Rivers boys at Bureau Valley (May 10), girls’ sectionals (May 9-10), boys’ sectionals (May 17), girls’ state (May 16-18) and boys’ state (May 23-25).