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Storm back on the home track

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(BCR photo/Mike Vaughn)
Bureau Valley’s Kristian Konneck wraps up a first-place finish in the 4x400 Monday in Manlius. the storm will return to the home track for Friday’s sectionals.

Most of the area track and field boys teams will assemble in Manlius for the Bureau Valley 1A Sectional meet. Amboy/LaMoille will compete at Oregon and Princeton will run in 2A at Plano.

BV senior Logan Hoffert used some home-cooking to capture three conference championships in the Three Rivers Meet last week at Manlius and will look for more of the same with the rest of the Storm on Friday.

Hoffert, who medaled at state in 2012 with a seventh-place finish in the long jump, has run the qualifying time in the 300 IH.

The Storm’s 4x4 has also run qualifying time and its 4x800 as well as Kristian Konneck (100) are close.

“It will be a tough meet but hopefully, the kids are ready to compete. We have been working for this meet all year and hopefully, it will bring the success the kids are looking for,” BV coach Nick Hartz said.

One athlete who has been running consistently at the state standard is Steve Gualandri in the 300 IH. In his last four meets he has run under 41 seconds with his best at 40.34.

“His prospects of getting to the state meet are really good if he concentrates on running his race and focusing on his performance and not any other individual he would be running against. I like to preach running against the clock and taking care of the things that the athlete has control of,” SBA coach Mike Skoflanc said.

Hall senior Landon Piccatto (triple jump) and junior Collin Aimone (long jump) are returning state qualifiers. Piccatto is the BCR Honor Roll leader in both the long jump (20-0 1/4) and triple jump (41-7 1/2).

Other top area hopefuls are Hall sophomore Al Baldonado, the BCR Honor Roll leader in the 1600 (4:52.89) and 3200 (10:09.06), and St. Bede weightmen Michael Slingsby and freshman John Barnes.

At Plano (2A): Princeton competes at the 2A level for the second year in a row, heading north to Plano. PHS senior Austen Stewart looks for the state trip that eluded him a year ago at the Ottawa sectional. He was sectional champion and placed fourth at State in 1A as a sophomore.

PHS coach Dan Foes is also optimistic about the chances for juniors Caleb Strom in the 100, 200, and long jump and Zach Andersen in the 3200 and 1600, and freshman Kai Tomaszewski in the 400.

Stewart is the only Tiger to have met qualifying standards, clearing 6-4 outdoors. He went 6-8 indoors.

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