CHARLESTON — Three finals, three medals. All in a good day’s work for Logan Hoffert.
The Bureau Valley senior left O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University Saturday with three State Medals draped around his neck. He placed eighth in the triple jump, ninth in the 300 hurdles and teamed up with Storm teammates Ryan Taylor, Tucker Schoff and Daniel Trone for an eighth-place finish in the 4x400 relay.
His three medal feat in one year has been matched by only other Bureau Valley male athlete, Garrett Barnas, who received three in 2007.
“I would have never dreamed I’d be taking home three state medals,” Hoffert said. “I mean I may be disappointed with my 300 hurdles place, but I have to look on the bright side. Not many people come home with three medals. Overall, state was a success for me.”
State finals day was also a big success for St. Bede Academy senior Steven Gualandri, who placed fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.28.
Hoffert came in ninth in the hurdles, finishing with a time of 41.07.
“I know Logan was a little disappointed with his 300s, but he did great. Three state medals in one State Meet doesn’t happen very often,” BV coach Nick Hartz said.
The triple jump went a little better with Hoffert making a hop, skip and a jump of 42-10 1/2 to take eighth place. Neoga sophomore Cory Kersey was the state champion at 45-3.
The eighth-place medal in the 4x400, taken by a 3:28.14 clocking, was the first of any kind for a Bureau Valley relay in school history. No Storm relay before them had reached the state finals before.
“All four or us had great legs and everyone ran great,” Taylor said. “It really means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to the other guys. It’s a big deal to get a medal at state and for us, we were the first relay in BV history to get a medal at state, so it’s a great feeling.”
Hoffert said the Storm’s 4x4 was a complete success this year.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. They worked so hard this year and it paid off. We’re the first Bureau Valley relay to medal and that means so much to me. It’s an honor,” Hoffert said.
“The 4x4 making history is such a huge accomplishment. I couldn’t have asked for more from them. It was a great experience all around,” Hartz said.
Oregon won the 4x4 finals with a time of 3:23.67.
• Notes: The Three Rivers Conference came up big Saturday with Sterling Newman (41 points) claiming the 1A championship and Erie/Prophetstown placing third (36). The Comets won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays on the way to the State crown. ... Hall sophomore Al Baldonado placed 24th (10:05.57) in the 3200 in his state finals debut.