SPRING VALLEY — A selfless team attitude was brought by the Bureau Valley Storm to the Rollie Morris Invitational as they were ready to score points anyway they could as long as it benefited the team
Their willingness to take on extra responsibilities for the good of the team paid off for the Storm as they and the eventual champions, the Mendota Trojans, distanced themselves from the other eight teams.
Mendota took first place with 135 points with the Storm in second at 106.
“I thought the kids came out well and competed. They came out and did what we asked of them, we had to double them up on some events that might have made it hard for them today,” Bureau Valley head coach Jeff Ohlson said. “We knew we needed to figure out a way to come up with just a few more points and some of our kids stepped up big for us as a team.”
Mendota junior Wyatt Martinson set the tone for the Trojans winning the 100-meter dash (11.17), 200-meter dash (22.58) as well as anchoring both of Mendota’s first place 4x100 meter relay (45.33) and 4x200 meter relay (1:35.29).
The Trojans barely edged out the host team Red Devils’ 4x100 as a late surge by sophomore Patrick Einhaus was held off by Martinson.
Also running for the Red Devils in the 4x100 was sophomore Chris Hammonds and juniors Aaron Rybarcsyk and Leonel Perez.
The second place BV boys team used an approach which saw them capture only two first-place finishes but score numerous points as they placed multiple competitors in many events.
Seniors Kane Eastwood and Ryan Taylor had a huge day for the Storm as Eastwood barely edged out Taylor in the 800-meter run as he came in with a time of 2:04.84 ahead of Taylor’s mark of 2:06.62
The pair then played big roles as BV grabbed two big first-place finishes in the 4X400 meter relay (3:34.70) and 4x800 meter relay (8:48.57) as they edged out eventual champions Mendota in each event.
Also running in the 4x400 was seniors Tucker Schoff and Colton Peterson while Peterson and senior Andrew Smith rounded out the 4x800 meter relay team.
“All of our kids did real well today, Kane Eastwood had a heck of day again today; he won the 800 (meter), he anchored our 4x800 that won, anchored the 4x400 and was third in the mile so he stepped up but some of our other kids also did extremely,” Ohlson said.
Eastwood expects for himself and his team to work hard and improve upon their personal records throughout the season
“I just need to keep working out, going on distance runs and doing different speed workouts,” Eastwood said, “I’m really happy with how we placed and how we ran. Today was a good day for us, but we can get better.”
Michael Slingsby won the shot put (47-9 1/2) for seventh-place St. Bede Academy, which edged host Hall 38-37.