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BV storms Rock Falls Invite

Bureau Valley’s girls track and field squad won Friday’s Rock Falls Invitational with 148 points, edging host Rock Falls (130).

Hall (90) placed third while Riverdale (38.50) took fourth, ahead of fifth-place Milledgeville (38).

“It’s nice to come in here and do what we did,” BV coach Dale Donner said while clutching the first-place trophy. “I can’t pick out a poor event. We jumped well and ran well.”

Bureau Valley had six first-place finishes en route to its win including one from distance runner Regan Weidner. The junior won the 3,200-meter run in 13:02.74 and did so nearly 40 seconds ahead of teammate, and second-place finisher, Heather Williams (13:42.13).

Weidner also placed second in the 800 which was a huge confidence boost after battling shin splints and stress fractures over the past year.

“I was feeling them tonight,” she said “but I’m happy with my time, that’s for sure.”

BV’s Lindsey Hoffert ran in two of the closest races of the invite, both against Milledgeville’s Miranda Grisham. Hoffert edged Grisham by two one-hundredths of a second to win the 200 in 27.25. Grisham got her revenge in the 400 crossed first by the slimmest of margins – one one-hundredth of a second.

BV junior Sydney Lebahn won the discus (107-4) and took second in the shot put (32-9 1/2).

The Storm also won the 4x100 (52.67) and the 4x200 (1:53.08) on the legs of Haley DeVoss, Tianna Kennedy, Sabrina Webb and Marissa Mungia as well as the 4x400 (4:26.08) with Katelin Johnson, Kennedy, Williams and Mungia.

Other local winners were St. Bede’s Zoe Postula in the 100 hurdles (17.52) and Hall’s Tanja Acamovic in the 300 hurdles (50.54) and Brooke Keegan in the triple jump (32-2 1/2).

At Geneseo: Princeton juniors Ann Sims and Taylor Clark found the surroundings of Geneseo’s Invitational especially to their liking Friday night.

Clark added four feet to her personal best in the discus, taking home a blue ribbon with a first-place throw of 111-0. That mark ranks No. 7 all-time for PHS.

Sims jumped two feet farther than she ever has in the triple jump, taking top honors with a jump of 32-3 3/4. That improvement moved her up to No. 4 all-time in school history.

“Ann has been a consistent 29-plus foot jumper, but was always increasing her best by one to two inches. To jump over two feet better was great,” PHS coach Pat Hodge said.

PHS also got first-place finishes from standbys Zoe Mead in the 400 (59.9) and Colbi Schertz in the shot put (37-7).

Courtney Webb tied for second in the pole vault (6-6) while Clark took third in the shot put (30-3) and Schertz was third in the discus (85-7). PHS also ran down a second-place finish in the 4x200 (2:01.9) with Michaela Mall, Fran Bowman, Sims and Kira Harp.

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