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Storm squads sweep BVEC championships

The Bureau Valley Elementary Conference track and field championships were all in the family at Spring Valley Tuesday. Bureau Valley South claimed three BVEC championships, and BV North claimed the other.

South’s Devon Johnston was a triple threat among the seventh-grade boys, winning the shot (33-3 1/2), 100 (12.69) and 200 (27.26). Double winners were North’s Austin Wzierbecki in the 800 (2:26.75) and 1600 (5:20.64) and LaMoille’s Brett Dannis in the hurdles (17.72) and high jump (5-0). Other winners including LaMoille’s Austin Lundquist (discus, 93-2), DePue’s Alex Madrigal (400, 1:03.65) and 4x100 relay (56.41) and BVS’ 4x200 (1:54.86) and 4x400 (4:32.99) relays. South topped North 102-78 for team honors.

Contributing to South’s title for the seventh-grade girls were Addison Moreland in the 100 (14.08), Haley Weidner in the 800 (2:47.8) and 1600 (6:01.47), Alex Geary in the high jump (4-5) and 200 (30.04). The South also swept the relays. Other winners included Ohio’s Lexi Loftus (hurdles, 18.46) and Maddi Deery, (shot 28-0), Malden’s Taylor Hall (discus, 70-5 1/2) and North’s Emily Fordham (400, 1:09.1). South claimed the crown by a 117-71 margin over BVN.

South’s Sabrina Webb won the eighth-grade girls high jump (4-9) and 200 (28.57) titles. Other BVS wins came from Casey Mecum in the 400 (1:06.68), Niquel Eilts in the 800 (2:47.62), Tasha Richardson in the 100 (13.52). BVS also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Other eighth-grade winners included Ladd’s Maddie Quinn (hurdles, 16.54) and North’s Marissa Mungia (long jump, 13-6 3/4) and 4x200 (2:02.59). South was a 122-99 winner over North.

North claimed its crown in the eighth-grade boys, topping DePue 120-93. For North, Michael Eastwood won the long jump (16-1 1/2), 100 (12.04) and 200 (25.01), and Hunter Sebby won the shot (36-9 1/2). North also won the 4x200 (1:52.21). DePue boosted wins from Austin Keist (400, 56.84) and its 4x100 (53.36) and 4x400 (4:05.93) relays. Also getting in the champions’ circle were Ladd’s Nick Edgecomb (hurdles, 19.2) and Michael Manning (discus, 94-3) and Neponset’s Austin Thumma (1600, 5:36.1).

SRC Meet: The Princeton Logan Junior High School boys teams swept Tuesday’s Starved Rock Conference track and field championships in Streator. The Logan seventh-grade girls took second.

The Logan seventh-grade boys ran away from the field, topping Mendota 152-118. Brett Schnenck took two firsts, winning the 100 (12.59) and 200 (24.46). Logan also got firsts from Kendle Whitford in the 400 (59.5), Drake Davis in the long jump (15-7) and Garrett Allen in the shot put (37-1 1/4). In relays, Logan won the 4x200 (1:49.74) with Alex Janssen, Whitford, Davis and Schneck and the 4x400 (4:14.06) with Jacob Darnell, Alex Janssen, Davis and Whitford

The eighth-grade boys edged Mendota 86-77 for first place. Blake Janssen won the hurdles (17.06) and placed second in the 200 (26.12). The Lions’ 4x200 relay of Justin Darnell, Austin Wetsel, Blake Janssen and Lucas Sisler turned in the top time of 1:46.6. Spring Valley’s Ricardo Alonso won the long jump (16-6) and 1600 (5:24.22), and the Wildcats won the 4x100 relay (53.55).

Peru Parkside beat out Logan for the seventh-grade girls title 121-83. Logan’s Anna Murray took firsts in the hurdles (18.05) and 100 (13.18). Logan also won the 4x200 relay (2:04) with Regan Hubbard, Kaitlin May, Maddie Eckard and Murray.

Logan claimed the eighth-grade girls 4x200 relay with a time of 2:02.24 on the legs of Jamie Kuhn, Michaela Mall, Kim Duong and Sara Murray.

Record-breaker: Kendle Whitford broke the Logan school record in the 400 meters on April 22 at PHS with a time of 58.71. Nathan Holmes held the record since 1994 at 58.73.

Sectional time: Ladd Grade School will host an IESA 1A Sectional at Princeton High School starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Local participants include Cherry, Dalzell, DePue, Ladd, Malden, Princeton Christian Academy, Princeton St. Louis and Spring Valley JFK.

Running at Kewanee Wethersfield starting at 10 a.m. will be Annawan, Bradford, Bureau Valley South and Neponset. Heading in the other direction at Erie will be Amboy, Bureau Valley South, LaMoille, Ohio and Tampico, starting at 9 a.m.

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