Storm catch Rockets in last race
Bureau Valley overcame the host Rock Falls Rockets to capture the Rock Falls Invitational Friday night by winning the 4x400 relay, the final event of the night.
BV finished with 121 points, to claim its second Rocket Invitational title in the past four years. Rock Falls had 115.33 points for second.
“This feels pretty good,” said Kane Eastwood, who anchored the 4x400 relay. “We lost a lot of points from our team last year, but we have some new guys filling in.”
Eastwood, Colton Peterson, Daniel Trone and Tucker Schoff raced to a time of 3:32.39 in the 4x400, more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Polo. Rock Falls was never a factor in the race and took fifth in 3:41.3.
“That was the crew that we wanted to put out there,” BV coach Jeff Ohlson said, “and they went out and executed. That group’s been moving around a little bit. There’s five of them that I move in and out every meet, and we felt pretty confident we’d be OK if we could just get to that 4x4.”
Peterson, Eastwood and Schoff also won individual events. Peterson (53.15) edged Trone (53.18) in the 400; Eastwood easily won the 800 in 2:01.74; and Schoff led the way in the 300 hurdles (40.72).
The other champ for the Storm was Hunter Schoff, who cleared 9 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. It was just his second time competing in the event.
The Storm’s Justin Buckman took second in the shot (44-4) and third in the discus (124-7).
“It was a team effort,” Ohlson said. “Everybody contributed. Probably the biggest thing was the 200. Michael Eastwood, a freshman, snuck out of the second heat and got fifth, and Will Konneck got third in the fast heat. Those are some big points right there.”
St. Bede swept the weights with Michael Slingsby winning the shot put (48-9 1/2) while John Barnes won the discus (137-1) by an inch over Slingsby.
Hall’s Al Baldonado placed second in the 3200 (10:02.08).
At Metamora: Princeton (136.5) placed fifth in Friday’s Metamora ABC meet won by the host Redbirds (335).
“We did well. It was great to run that meet and finally have good weather for it. We had 20 season’s bests or personal best son the night. We keep improving throughout the season,” PHS coach Dan Foes said.
Lenny Mead took top honors in the 300 hurdles A with a 40.80 time while Kai Tomaszewski captured the 100 B title (11.54).
Brock Griffin was second in the 100 C and Caleb Strom third in the 100 A (11.49). Tomaszewski claimed third in the 400 A (52.67) and Strom was second in the long jump A (20-5)
Also for PHS, Miles Rose finished second in the triple jump B (36-9 1/2), Zach Andersen (A, 10:31.8) and Cody Workman (B, 11:22.98) both placed third in the 3200 meters as did Luke Marselle in the long jump B (16-10 1/2).