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Area athletes qualify for IESA State meet

Area athletes competed in three area 1A sectionals Saturday for the right to advance in the IESA State Junior High Track and Field finals in East Peoria this week. Here’s a rundown of results that were reported.

At Princeton: Princeton Christian Academy’s Eagle track team of just nine students competed well Saturday, sending two athletes to state. Eighth-graders Grace Wolbrecht qualified for State with second in the 800 and Mauricio Jones qualified by taking second in the long jump.

For Malden, seventh-grade sectional champs were Kendra Cain (100, 14.0; long jump, 13-5) and Aleesha Foster (hurdles, 18.97; shot, 21-11). Other Malden qualifiers with seconds were Jayda Ramsey (200) and Taylor Hall (1600, discus). The seventh-graders 4x100 relay of Cain, Foster, Ramsey and Mikayla Wilhelm also qualified with a second place finish

For Ladd, seventh-grader Genevieve Parente won the 1600 (6:13.34) and placed second in the 800 while eighth-graders Maddie Quinn won the 100 (13.78), hurdles (16.28) and pole vault (7-9), Kaylee Olivares won the 800 (2:59.06) and 1600 (6:40.72). Ladd also won the eighth-grade girls’ 4x100 relay (58.78) with Quinn, Tori Coble, Griselda Chavez and Linnea Lee-Brown and Nicolas Edgcomb won the high jump (5-0) and Michael Manning won the discus (125-9) in the eighth-grade.

Also qualifying for Ladd with seconds were seventh-graders Hannah Bernardoni (long jump) and eighth-graders Conner Ripka (800, 1600), Kieran Trevier (high jump), Manning (shot) and the 4x400 of Coble, Hope Goetz, Lee-Brown and Olivares,

For Spring Valley JFK, sectional champs were seventh-graders Kaelin Condon (200 30.16) and eighth-graders Amelia Moreno (400, 1:08.91), Ricardo Alonso (1600, 5:16.09). JFK also won the seventh-grade girls’ 4x200 (2:11.97) with Liz Aldana, Marilu Ceballos, Cassidy Jablonski and Stephanie Villalobos and the 4x400 (4:59,97) with Aldana, Lauren Bulak, Condon and Jablonski.

Other JFK qualifiers taking seconds were seventh-graders Bulak (100), Alex Castelan (long jump) and the boys’ 4x400 of Brian Bergana, Castalan, Jacob Croissant and James Mautino, and the eighth-grade 4x200 of Dominick Elliott, Marco Gonzelez, Isaac Leal and Joseph Marenda,

For DePue, seventh-grade champs were Heber Moreno (100, 12.84; discus, 96-5 1/2), Eddy Moreno (800, 2:35.72; 1600, 5:41.66), Alex Madrigal (long jump, 14-1 1/4), the 4x200 (2:02.93) of Ramon Gavina, Eddy Moreno, Manny Winfert and Jonathon Raya, the 4x400 (4:34.19) of Gavina, Moreno, Madrigal and Perez. In the eighth-grade, Austin Keist won the 100 (11.88) and 200 (56.79) and the 4x400 of Keist, Gavin Garcia, Jon Gallardo and Miguel Lopez took first in 3:59.66,

Other DePue qualifiers included Moreno (200), Alex Madrigral (400), Austin Torri (hurdles) and the second-place girls’ 4x200 of Macy Bosnich, Gabi Garcia, Mariana Garcia and Nayelli Gavina, the second-place boys’ 4x100 of Moreno, Erik Perez, Marcus Winfert and Justin Mitchell. In the eighth-grade, qualifying with seconds, were David Moreno (800), the boys’ 4x100 of Gavin Garcia, Alex Kessel, Ethan Leek and Drake Moriarity,

For Cherry, eighth-graders Hunter Galassi won the 200 (30.07) and long jump (14-2) and Jenna Lusietto won the high jump (4-04). Cherry also qualified with seconds by Galassi (100), Abby Hoscheid (shot, discus) and the 4x100 of Christina Muncy, Madison Soldati, Galassi and Hoscheid.

No team scores were available from Princeton.

At Erie: Bureau Valley North won the eighth-grade boys’ sectional championship at Erie Saturday. BVN also placed third for seventh-grade boys and eighth-grade boys and fifth for seventh-grade girls.

BVN state qualifiers include sixth-graders Payton Moore (4x200) and Emily Fordham (400), seventh-graders Drew Baker (4x200), A.J. Hockings (4x200), Austin Wierzbecki 4x200, 800, LJ, 1600), Natalie Nugent (4x200) and eighth-graders Preston Balensiefen (4x200), Alex Cody (4x200), Jason DeWaele (4x200), Michael Eastwood (100, 200, LJ, 4x400), Jay Edlefson (4x400), Gailen Gibson (discus), Caje Peterson (400, 4x400), Hunter Schoff (4x400), Hunter Sebby (shot, 4x200), Megan Hunt (4x200), Tiana Kennedy (400, 4x200), Josie Lind (4x200) and Marissa Mungia (LJ, 4x200).

No other results from Erie and the Wethersfield Sectional were reported.

• Prairie Conference Meet: Princeton Christian Academy’s Mauricio Jones and Nolan Mallery, won first place in the conference for the eighth-grade boys’ team with four firsts and one second-place finish. Jones won the long jump, high jump, and got second in the hurdles. Mallery won the 50-meter run and the shot put.

The eighth-grade girls’ team placed third in the conference with Grace Wolbrecht winning firsts in the 50 meter and the 800 meter runs, and Kimmie Glenn taking seconds in the 100 meter run, the 100 meter hurdles, and the high jump. The girls’ relay team of Wolbrecht, Glenn, Basia Smallwood, and Sophia Brandenburg placed second.

The seventh-grade boys’ team placed in the conference with Wyatt Baker placing first in the 50 meter run and the high jump, and Sam Wolbrecht placing second in the high jump and third in the 800 meter run.

This is only the third year for PCA track. The track team is coached by Heather Glenn, assisted by Tony Clausen.

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