Bureau Valley South qualified 20 athletes for this week’s IESA 1A State Track and Field finals in East Peoria and claimed two sectional championships at Kewanee Wethersfield Saturday.
BVS won the sectional title in the seventh-grade boys and eighth-grade girls meets with the seventh-grade girls placing second.
The eighth-grade girls advanced two relays with Casey Mecum, Tasha Richardson, Sabrina Webb and Heather Williams in the 4x100 and Kaylee Towne joining Mecum, Webb and Williams in the 4x400. Individual qualifiers included Mecum (400), Richardson (100), Towne (hurdles) and Web (HJ, 200).
For the seventh-grade champions, Devin Johnson qualified in the 100 and 200 and ran with Kale Barnett, Corbin Endress and Nathan Paul-Caudill in the 4x200. Morgan Strader qualified in the 800 and 1600 and will served as the alternate for the 4x200.
State qualifiers for the BVS seventh-grade girls include Saige Barnett (shot), Addison Moreland (LJ), Alex Geary (HJ), Nicole Wirth (discus), Haley Weidner (800, 1600) and the 4x400 of Cassidy Olds, Katelyn Splitt, Paige Foster and Moreland. Foster and Geary will also serve as alternates for the eighth-grade relays.
The Bradford Junior High track team has five girls that qualified for the Class 1A state track meet at the East Side Centre, East Peoria. The team competed Saturday at the Class A sectional at Wethersfield. Jenna Ehnle, Savannah Wall, Hannah Dries, and Brianna Endress qualified in the 4 x 200 relay placing second with a time of 2:06.1. Brianna Endress qualified in the long jump placing second with a jump of 14-4. Laura Rouse qualified in the discus with a throw of 66-0 for first place. Laura is also the alternate in the 4 x 200 relay.
Bradford Junior High qualified five girls for State. Jenna Ehnle, Savannah Wall, Hannah Dries, and Brianna Endress qualified in the 4 x 200 relay placing second with a time of 2:06.1. Endress also qualified in the long jump placing second (14-4). Laura Rouse won the discus with a throw of 66 feet and is also the alternate in the 4 x 200.
At Erie: LaMoille Allen qualified five athletes for state, including the seventh-grade boys 4x100 relay of Bret Dannis, Austin Lundquist, Caleb Sarffand Austin Walkers. Dannis also advanced in the hurdles and high jump and Austin Lundquist in the discus. Eighth-grader Brenna Rieker qualified in the long jump.
• Malden’s Austin Henderliter placed second in the eighth-grade long jump Saturday’s IESA 1A sectional competition at Princeton to qualify for State. He cleared 16-4 3/4. Meet results initially placed him third.