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Lasting legacy, bright futures

The 2013 BCR Boys Track and Field Honor Roll team saw area senior standouts like St. Bede’s Steve Gualandri, Princeton’s Austen Stewart and Bureau Valley’s Logan Hoffert leave their mark in their program’s history books. at the same time, emerging stars shined bright, like St. Bede freshman John Barnes, Hall sophomore Al Baldonado and Princeton’s Drew Pranka.

Al Baldonado (Hall, so.): The Red Devil sophomore established himself as the county’s top distance runner with times of 4:52.89 in the 1600 meters and 10:00.47 in the 3200 meters. He was a State qualifier in the two mile.

John Barnes (St. Bede, fr.): The baby Bruin has a bright future in the discus, heading the Honor Roll with a throw of 141-3.

Kane Eastwood (Bureau Valley, jr.): Eastwood made his day in the 800 meters with a top time of 2:05.

Steve Gualandri (St. Bede, sr.): The Academy senior capped his prep career by landing a fourth-place medal in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.28, ranked right behind Honor Roll leader Logan Hoffert. He will continue his track and field career for Illinois Wesleyan University.

Logan Hoffert (Bureau Valley, sr.): The BCR Track Athlete of the Year medaled in and headed the honor roll in the triple jump (42-10 1/2) and the 300 hurdles (40.27).

Kristian Konneck (Bureau Valley, sr.): The senior speedster was the man to beat in sprints with top times of 11.26 in the 100 meters and 22.93 in the 200 meters. He qualified for State in the 200 meters.

Landon Piccatto, (Hall, sr.): While he did not lead the Honor Roll in either, the Hall senior standout qualified for State in both the triple jump (42-5 3/4) and the 300 hurdles (41.26).

Drew Pranka (Princeton, so.): The versatile sophomore led the Honor Roll in the 110 hurdles (15.19) and shared top honors in the pole vault (10-6).

Michael Slingsby (St. Bede, jr.): Led all shot putters by nearly four feet with a toss of 47-2.

Austen Stewart (Princeton, sr.): Made his way back to State and reached the 2A State finals in the high jump. Had an outdoor best jump of 6-6, while going 6-8 indoors.

Ryan Taylor (Bureau Valley, jr.): Shared top honors in the pole vault with Drew Pranka at 10-6.

Kai Tomaszweski (Princeton, fr.): The fast freshman clocked a 53.13 to lead all sprinters in the 400 meters.

4x100 relay: Bureau Valley ran a top time of 45.58 with Daniel Trone, Will Konneck, Kristian Konneck and Hoffert.

4x200 relay: The Storm covered the track two times around in 1:36 on the legs of Conor Mooney, Trey Dale and the Konneck brothers.

4x400 relay: Tucker Schoff, Hoffert, Taylor, and Trone made school history by becoming the first boys relay from Bureau Valley to reach the State finals. They placed ninth with an honor roll best time of 3:28.14.

4x800 relay: A clean sweep in relays for Bureau Valley with Colton Peterson, Kody Church, Andrew Smith and Eastwood leading in the Honor Roll with a time of 8:27.22 and qualifying for State.

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