BV girls claim top honors
SPRING VALLEY — The Bureau Valley girls track and field team held up their end of the meet at Saturday’s Rollie Morris Invite at Hall School, winning the girls team championship. They teamed up with the runner-up BV boys squad to claim the overall coed championship.
The BV girls tallied 175 points to take top honors. Coming in second was the host school Hall Lady Red Devils with 85 points as they squeaked out a second-place victory over third place Fieldcrest (84) and fourth place Henry-Midland (83).
“We won the coed title today so that was really a good win for our whole team, I think we only won three events today (for the girls) the 4x800, 4x200 and long jump so we have a lot of depth where we can get our points,” BV girls coach Dale Donner said. “Our kids understand that a second and fifth place finish or a third and a fourth is just like winning the race because it still totals up to 10 points and we scored a lot of our points that way today.”
Lindsey Hoffert won the long jump at 15-0 1/2, placed second in the 200 (27.54) and third in the 400 (1:05.69).
The Storm also claimed firsts in the 4x200 and 4x800 relays. Helena Arnadottir, Heather Williams, Riley Francis and Regan Weidner ran a 1:52.9 in the 4x200 and Haley DeVoss, Katelin Johnson, Marissa Mungia and Tianna Kennedy ran a top time of 10:48.98 in the 4x800.
BV’s Sydney Lebahn had a second-place throw of 114-11 in the discus.
Hall freshman Madi Quinn took two first place finishes for the host Red Devils. Her first win of the day came in the pole vault where she out-vaulted the field by a foot and a half with a vault of 9 feet.
“It was really good day. It was a little windy but not too bad so I’m glad with how it went.” Quinn said. “I think I need to push myself more, I have been pushing myself but I just need to push a little more; I know I can do better.”
Quinn later outpaced the field in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.45 for her second victory of the day.
The Hall freshman beamed as she finally had the opportunity this year to run on her home track.
“It was my first time running on our home track this year, so it was really awesome, and I am happy with what I did today,” Quinn said. “I felt like we all did really good and I’m happy with how we ran and what we did as a team today.”
Princeton senior Zoe Mead had the top time of 2:21.62 to win the 800. She also ran a season best 27.8 to take third in the 400. Teammates Colbi Schertz (shot, 36-3) and Sierra Storm (pole vault, 7-6) claimed second-place finishes.
Donner believes his girls team and the boys team can continue to be successful this season if they come to the track with the heart and passion to preserve and continue to improve upon each performance during the season.
“Whatever runner we had in this meet they know that every point matters. They understand their roles and that they might not be the fastest runner but they have the heart, and they go out there and find the heart to get the extra points for our team,” Donner said. “We need to keep moving, keep working and hopefully things will fall into place for us.”