STERLING — Some things never change.
For Bureau Valley junior Lindsey Hoffert, leaving the high jump for more than 2 years didn’t change her form ... or her natural talent for it.
At the last minute, she decided to jump Wednesday evening at the Rosenberry Classic, and ended up winning the event with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch. The unsuspecting victory was 2 inches better than runner-up Courtney Kruthoff of Erie-Prophetstown.
“We actually just threw me into high jump to try and get a couple points, and I ended up winning it overall,” Hoffert said. “I haven’t practiced it at all since freshman year. We’re not going to do this every meet, but if I continue to keep getting better, then we’ll keep doing it to see what happens.
“I’m hoping to hit 17 feet in the long jump. I haven’t yet, but that’s just form and my steps getting intact, so I just have to work on that.”
In her more familiar event, Hoffert easily won the long jump (16-9). She nearly won a third event, but her time of 28.73 seconds in the 200-meter dash was bested by Amboy’s Erika Zimmerlein’s 27.75
Hoffert’s efforts helped lead the Storm to second place in the meet, featuring a field of eight Three Rivers teams. BV scored 95 points, well behind winner Erie-Prophetstown; the Panthers finished with 152 points and won six of the 15 events. Amboy placed third with 67 points, Morrison was fourth with 44 and Princeton was fifth (39).
Regan Weidner gave BV another first-place finish in the 3200 with a time of 13 minutes even. She also lead with in the 1600 (6:06.5).
The Storm won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:29.03 on the legs of Sabrina Webb, Tiana Kennedy, Marissa Mungia and Helena Arnadottir. BV was the runner-up 4x200 relay (1:57.76) with Tahsa Richardson, Marissa Mungia, Sabrina Webb and Haley DeVoss and third in the 4x800 (11:12.9) with Katelin Johnson, Heather Williams, Riley Francis, and Arnadottir.
Other leading contributors for the Storm were Arnadottir, third in the triple jump (30-8), Roni Riggen, fourth (13:35.1) and Sydney Sweenie (15:34.1) in the 3200, DeVoss fourth in the 60 meters (8.593), Sydney Lebahn fourth (31-11 1/2), Lexie Jacobs fifth (30-1) in the shot put and Mungia fifth in the long jump (14-6) and
Princeton’s Zoe Mead made her debut in the Three Rivers Indoor finals with a winning time of 59.59 in the 400, outdueling Erie/Prophetstown’s speedster Rachel Cobert.
“We knew Rachel had run a 59-plus at state, so we scratched Zoe in the 800 to see if she cold break one minute being fresh and having a girl with a faster time in it,” PHS coach Pat Hodge said. “She won by a half second and looked very strong.”
PHS junior Colbi Schertz had the top toss in the shot put of 36-8 and freshman Taylor Weatherington used a season best 14-7 1/2 to take third place in the long jump.
In relays, Weatherington ran with Fran Bowman, Ann Sims and Mead for a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 (4:378.16). Kira Harp replaced Mead in that group for a fifth-place time of 2:00.27 in the 4x200.
Other place finishers for the Tigresses were Sims, fifth in the triple jump (29-8 1/2) and sixth in the 60 (8.74); Kim Glenn, fifth in the 60 hurdles (11.35); and Taylor Clark, sixth in the shot put (30-6). PHS finished sixth in the 4x800 (14:02.7) with Rebecca Prushinki, Kendal Way, Megan Hendrickson and Kim Glenn.
Amboy/LaMoille’s Erika Zimmerlein won the 200 (27.75) and placed third in the 60 (8.53). A/L’s Megan Grady placed second in the 800 (2:40.6) and fourth in the 1600 (5:59.8) and Laura Rieker took third in high jump (5-0).
A/L also cruised to a second-place finish in the 4x800 (11:07.5) with Kaitlin Boers, Erin Hosto, Grady and Jennifer Popovich.