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Tigresses win final NCIC Meet

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Princeton’s Colbi Schertz (from left), Zoe Mead, Ann Sims and Taylor Smith teamed up to win the 4x800 in Monday’s NCIC Meet
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Bureau Valley’s Lauren Peterson clears the hurdle in Monday’s TRAC Meet at Morrison. She placed second in the 100 hurdles.

The 40th and final NCIC girls’ track and field championships came down to a dual meet in Chillicothe Monday where Princeton defeated host IVC 73-65.

St. Bede was unable to compete, with the meet being postponed from Friday and scheduled to run in the Illinois Valley Meet.

The NCIC title was the first in school history for PHS, which competed in the beginning of the conference when it had a long run of 12 members.

“It was nice to win our first NCIC during the last running of it,” PHS coach Pat Hodge said.

NCIC champs for Princeton were Phoenix Smallwood (LJ, 17-0 3/4; TJ, 35-11), Colbi Schertz (shot, 36-5), Taylor Clark (discus, 104-6), Kathyrn Krieger (3200, 14:59.73), Tieg Sisler (100 hurdles, 19.78; high jump, 4-6) and Zoe Mead (400, 1:06.09; 200, 27.57).

Three Rivers Meet: Bureau Valley had one first-place finish and a handful of top five finishes in placing fourth in Monday’s makeup contest of the Three Rivers Conference girls’ track and field championships in Morrison.

Sophomore Regan Weider repeated as the 1600-meter champion with a top time of 5:30.27. She set the meet record as a freshmen at 5:23.07.

“This is probably the best I’ve felt in a while,” Weidner said. “I had a hip injury right after indoor season and my times were nowhere near where they should have been. I missed two weeks, but finally, last week, I ran the mile fresh like I did today and saw some of my old self coming back.”

The Storm’s runner-up finishes were highlighted by senior Krista Naaktgeboren’s personal best of 7-0 in the pole vault. She matched the vault of Ashlynn Steel by the E/P sophomore won on fewer attempts.

“Krista has worked hard all season on the vault, and the weather has not always cooperated. With all the wind we get at BV, we can not get as much vaulting in as we would like. She has done everything all year that we have asked, and it was great to see her take second place.”

Lindsey Hoffert claimed seconds in the 200 (27.81) and long jump (16-2 1/2). Also for BV, Lauren Peterson was second in the 100 hurdles (18.36), Haley DeVoss was third in the 100 (13.84) and Sydney Lebahn was fourth in the discus (99-2).

The Storm also placed third in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

Amboy/LaMoille placed sixth (40) as a team in the eight-team field. Top placers for the Lady Clippers were Jennifer Popovich, second in the 3200 (13:32.42), Autumn Smith, second in the shot put (36-2), Kaitlin Boers, third in the 800 (2:39.28) and Laura Rieker, fourth in the high jump (4-10).

Kewanee’s Freya Block, a senior from Neponset, set a meet record in the shot put at 40-4, breaking the previous mark of 40-1 1/2 set by BV’s Madison Lebahn in 2004. Block also won the discus a 131-3.

Illinois Valley Meet: LaSalle-Peru edged Hall by the narrowest of margins, 111-110, to claim Monday’s Illinois Valley Conference Meet at Ottawa. L-P’s title snapped a 12-year reign by Ottawa (106), which placed third.

Brooke Keegan was a double winner for Hall, claiming the long jump (13-8 1/2) and 400 (1:04.4). She also placed second in the 200 (28.03).

The Lady Devils also got a blue ribbon from Katie Hoffert, who won the triple jump at 31-1.

For sixth-place St. Bede (48), Zoe Postula won the 100 hurdles (17.69) and Lauren Urbanowski won the discus (92-10).

Ottawa also won the boys’ championship, scoring 168 points to top L-P (132), Hall (70) and St. Bede (68).

Hall senior Landon Piccatto, who on Tuesday signed to play football for Illinois Wesleyan, won the triple jump with a mark of 41-0 and placed second in the 300 hurdles.

The Red Devils also won the 4x800 relay (8:55.61) on the legs of Al Baldonado, Rosy Fuentes, Joseph Parochetti and Colin Aimone.

St. Bede’s Steven Gualandri made off with a blue ribbon on the 300 hurdles (40.34) and was second in the triple jump (40-11).

At Princeton: Caleb Strom scored a hat trick to lead the host Tigers (108) to a sweep over St. Bede (59) and Ohio (10) Tuesday. The PHS junior won the 100-meter dash (11.4) and the 200 (23.43) on the track and claimed the long jump (19-5) in the field.

Drew Pranka won the 110 hurdles (16.4) and the pole vault (10-0) and Austen Stewart took a double in the high jump (6-4) and 300 hurdles (44.47). Other winners for PHS were Zach Andersen (3200, 10:31.1), Kai Tomaszewski (400, 54.82) and Cody Workman (1600, 5:20.01).

St. Bede’s Michael Slingsby swept the weights with tosses of 45-10 and 122-6 and Steven Gualandri won the triple jump (40-0 1/2). Johnee Schulte scored a first for Ohio in the 800 (2:24.08).

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