You get just one chance to make a good first chance impression. Princeton’s Zoe Mead, Colbi Schertz and Sierra Storm made the most of theirs in Saturday’s First Chance Indoor Invitational at the Westwood Complex in Sterling.
The meet is set up as an A-B-C meet with the best athlete in the A divisions, followed by the second best athlete in the B divisions, and the third best athlete in the C division.
Mead won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.99, breaking her own PHS indoor record she set last year at 2:26.91. PHS coach Pat Hodge said Mead looked a little tired from running record 400 times on Thursday, but “still ran fast enough to break her own indoor mark.”
Schertz used a PHS meet best throw of 35-7 1/2 to win the shot put while Storm placed third in the pole vault (7-6).
Princeton and Bureau Valley boys also ran Saturday. In the pole vault, Princeton had a fourth-place finish in the A Division from Drew Pranka (10-6), a third-place finish in the B Division from Dominic Biggs (8-6) and a fourth-place finish in the C Division from Michael Warren (6-6).
In triple jump, Princeton’s Luke Marselle finished sixth in the A Division with a jump of 38-1 and Brent Loftus finished sixth (32-4) in the C Division.
Bureau Valley’s Austin Seitter won a gold medal in the C Division of the shot put with a throw of 45-4.
Princeton got a fifth-place finish from Caleb Strom in the A Division of the 60-meter dash (7.48).
In the 60-meter high hurdles, both schools ran well. In the A Division, Bureau Valley’s Tucker Schoff finished third overall with a time of 8.89. In the B Division, Princeton’s Lenny Mead finished second with a time of 9.85 and Bureau Valley’s Hunter Schoff finished in sixth with a time of 11.02. In the C Division, Princeton’s Blake Janssen won the gold with a time of 10.25.
The success continued into the 800-meter run. In the A Division, Bureau Valley’s Kane Eastwood took second with a time of 2:07.67 just behind Dixon’s Killian Lally. In the C Division, Bureau Valley’s Yulian Osorio finished fourth (2:20) with Princeton’s Cody Workman finishing just behind him in fifth (2:21.45).
In the 400, Princeton’s Kai Tomaszewski finished fourth in the A Division while Bureau Valley had some fantastic finishes in the B and C Divisions. Ryan Taylor took second (56.23) in the B Division while Colton Peterson won the C Division with a season best of 56.09.
In the 200-meter dash, Bureau Valley’s Michael Eastwood finished second in the B Division with a time of 24.77.
Bureau Valley’s 4x800 team of Kane Eastwood, Andrew Smith, Ryan Taylor and Daniel Trone finished fourth with a time of 9:02.95.
In the 4x200, Princeton took fourth (1:44.13) in the freshmen/sophomore race with Blake Janssen, Luke Marselle, Austin Rossler, and Brock Griffin and mirrored the same race with a finish of 4th (1:39.29) in the varsity race with Tomaszewski, Strom, Pranka, and Lenny Mead.. The Bureau Valley 4x200 had a collision on the final turn with a runner from Galesburg, which took them back to ninth.
In the 4x400, Bureau Valley finished fourth with a time of 3:41.00, which as of Sunday afternoon put them as the No. 1 time in Class A.
PHS coach Dan Foes said the Tigers had a “good day overall with a lot of good marks and times.”
BV coach Nick Hartz was extremely happy with the performances of this kids.
“There were many larger schools at the meet, which provided great competition and helped to make us work harder,” he said. “While there are a few things we need to clean up in a few of the events, I couldn’t be more pleased with how we have started off this season.”