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Good things come in twos and threes

MANLIUS — Area State qualifiers came in pairs at Friday’s Bureau Valley 1A Sectional. In another case, a three of a kind trumped for a ticket to Charleston.

Bureau Valley qualified both of its 4x800 and 4x100 relays.

Two area jumpers advanced in the triple jump with Hall’s Landon Piccatto taking first and BV’s Logan Hoffert second.

A three of a kind trumped the field in the 300 hurdles with St. Bede’s Steve Gualandri taking first place with Hoffert in second and Piccatto qualifying on time in fourth place.

They all advanced to state competition this week along with Hall sophomore Al Baldonado, who finished second in the 3200 meters, and the Storm’s Kristian Konneck, who made it on time in the 200 meters with a fourth-place finish.

Hoffert took part in three of the Storm’s five qualifying events, including the second place 4x400 relay. It was the triple jump that got him most charged.

“I’ve never jumped 42 in my career,” Hoffert said. “That 42-5 1/2 is a PR by a foot. I may have celebrated a little more than I needed to, but I couldn’t help it.”

Piccatto certainly had good reason to celebrate. He took top honors with a winning jump of 42-5 3/4 in the prelims, opting out of the finals as it ran to close to the 300 hurdles finals.

“I think I made it into top flight, so that’s good,” Piccatto said. “I was hoping to get 43, but got a personal best at sectional. I didn’t run as well as I’d like in the 300s, but still it’s great to make it.”

St. Bede’s Gualandri led the charges in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.56, edging Hoffert (40.76) at the finish. Both third-place Bryce Holesinger of Fulton (41.01) and fourth-place Piccatto (41.3) also surpassed the 42.0 qualifier.

Hall’s Baldonado made sure he qualified in the 3200 meters, edging Henry’s Alex Pettis at the finish for second place. Turns out both Baldonado (10:00.47) and Pettis (10:00.85) made it by time along with race winner Kevin Claus (10:00.08) of Riverdale.

Baldonado said he didn’t think he had enough left in the tank to overtake Pettis, but was fueled by the motivation from the Rollie Morris Invite race that Pettis won.

“It was the exact same finish, except he got a step of me and beat me by a tenth of a second,” Baldonado said. “That was like my main focus, to stay with him and go for second. … This means everything to me. All my hard work paid off, I guess. I ended up getting my goal time and going to State.”

Konneck was one of four runners in an impressive field in the 200 meters to advance by time with a 22.93. In the 4x400, he was joined by Tucker Schoff, Ryan Taylor and Daniel Trone for a second-place time of 3:28.64.

The Storm also made it in the 4x800, with a second-place time of 8:27.22 on the legs of Colton Peterson, Kane Eastwood, Kody Church and Charlie Lotspeich.

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