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BV's Hoffert wins 3 TRAC titles

MANLIUS — Bureau Valley's Logan Hoffert enjoyed some home cooking Friday, winning three events in the Three Rivers Conference boys track and field championships at Storm Stadium.
The Storm senior standout added his third consecutive conference title in the 300 hurdles to his victories in the triple jump and 4x400 relay.
In the 300 hurdles, Hoffert beat Fulton's Bryce Holesinger by four-tenths of a second with a time of 41.31, spurred on by defending his title and a poor first jump in the triple.
"I was angry going in, and I put that bad jump into the race," Hoffert said. "I started slower than usual, but I sped up halfway through the curve and caught Bryce. I've won this race since my sophomore year, and it means a lot when it comes against such good competition."
Holesinger had earlier won the 110 hurdles (16.14), battling through a left hip flexor that flared up in the 300s.
"I'm going to get Hoffert before he leaves," Holesinger said with a smile. "I ran the 110s really clean, and my hip didn't bother me at all. Then, when I felt Hoffert on my hip around the curve in the 300s, I tried to pour it on and it balled up on me. It's tough that my hip hasn't hurt all year, and now, right before conference and sectionals, it's got to be like that, but I just have to push through it the best I can."
Hoffert overcame that "poor" first attempt in the triple jump to have just enough to take the TRAC title by tripping Newman's Nolan McGin by virtue of the second-best jump tiebreaker. Both had bests of 41-6 1/2 while Hoffert went a half-inch farther on his second best mark.
Hoffert finished the day by teaming up with Tucker Schoff, Ryan Taylor and Daniel Trone to win the 4x400 relay. He helped the Storm take third in the 4x100 (45.95), joining Kristian Konneck, Will Konneck and Trone.
The Storm took second in the 4x800 with Kane Eastwood, Colton Peterson, Andrew Smith, Ryan Taylor clocking a 8:32.41 to finish behind Newman (8:29.82). BV also claimed third in the 4x200 (1:38.09) on the legs of Kristian and Will Konneck, Trey Dale and Conor Mooney.
Erie-Prophetstown topped Newman 186-148 to take the TRAC team title with Bureau Valley third at 88. Amboy/LaMoille (34) followed Fulton (41) for fifth.
Amboy/LaMoille's Cooper Nelson placed third in the 300 hurdles.The Clippers also placed fourth in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800 relays.
Along with Hoffert, one of the stars of the meet was Newman's Nick Rude, who won 100 and 200, and ran anchor legs on the Comets' winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
"I expect to win; that's the mentality I go into every race with, and it feels good when it happens," Nick Rude said. "But I'm so proud with the way all my guys stepped up and ran today. Obviously it's heartbreaking not to win the team title, but it only hurts for tonight, because the next 2 weeks are what really matter in the end."
E/P got a 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault with Jared Cole (12-0), defending champ Kyle Pannier (11-6), and teammate Tyler Naftzger went 10-6 to give the Panthers a whopping 24 points in the vault.
Newman had its own 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 with Nick Rude (22.8), Maison Bittner (22.89) and Brady Rude (22.95). The Comets also had a 1-2 finish in the 100 with Nick Rude (11.18) and Bittner (11.31). In all, Newman won half of the 12 races.
Shaw Media Service contributed to this report

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