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First impressions

Mead makes fast tracks at TRAC Meet

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 4:47 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 4:48 p.m. CST

EDGINGTON — Talk about making first impressions.

Princeton senior Zoe Mead had a double in her first taste of competition in the Three Rivers Conference Track and Field Meet. She won the 400 meters with a meet record in the 800 meters (2:20.76) and personal best and near meet record 58.72 in Friday’s conference meet at Rockridge High School.

“Zoe ran a couple of very nice races,” PHS coach Pat Hodge said. “Her 400, in particular, was impressive. I didn’t know what to expect as this was probably the quickest turnaround we’ve had all year doing the 800-400 double with only about 15-20 minutes in between. But she came through with an impressive come from behind season best.”

Bureau Valley tallied 94.5 points Friday to finish second behind champ Erie/Prophetstown (137.5). Amboy/LaMoille (86) claimed third, Hall (70.5) was fourth and Princeton (63) sixth.

“Our goal at the start of the year was a top three finish in conference, and we are elated that we go second.  We really competed well,” BV coach Dale Donner said. “We knew our older kids with experience would step up, but our freshman really showed poise for their first big meet. This is a very strong conference and to get second place is a major accomplishment.”

BV junior Lindsey Hoffert won the long jump (16-2 1/4) by 13 1/4 inches, finished second in the 200 (27.12) and third in the 400 (1:02.61). Hoffert, who finished runner-up in the tally for the day’s Most Valuable tabulations, also took part in the Storm’s second-place effort in the 4x100 relay (52.35) with Haley DeVoss, Marissa Mungia and Tianna Kennedy.

The Storm also placed second in the 4x200 (1:49.64) with DeVoss, Mungia, Kennedy and Katelyn Johnson and the 4x400 (4:14.29) with Helena Arnadottir, Johnson, Sabrina Webb and Kennedy. BV’s Sydney Lebahn placed third in the discus (106-1).

Donner is hopeful the Storm’s efforts are a prelude to Thursday’s sectional competition in which the Storm will host Thursday at Manlius with 11 of the TRAC teams on hand.

“We are really performing well right now and have improved a tremendous amount over the past few weeks and looking forward to sectionals on Thursday. We have hit qualifying marks in 5 events and just hope we can continue our improvement,” he said, noting the Storm’s efforts in the long jump, discus, 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

Mead’s victory in the 400 meters proved to be one of the most exciting races of the night. Rachel Cobert of Erie/Prophetstown opened up a 10-meter or so lead heading into the final stretch before Mead kicked into higher gear to break the tape, beating Cobert by 1.22.

She just missed out on the meet record of 58.72 set by eventual 1A State champion Alison Baron in 2008. Mead did eclipse the meet record of 2:21.30 set by Newman’s Amanda Trancoso in 2008.

Princeton junior Colbi Schertz broke her own newly set school record in the shot put with a winning toss of 39-5. Classmate Taylor Clark was second in the discus with a toss of 106-9 on her last throw.

LaMoille senior Laura Reiker soared off to a winning jump of 5-2 in the high jump for the Lady Clippers, two inches higher than the rest of the field. She is the LaMoille school record holder in the event.

“This is a great way for Laura to go out as TRAC Champion in her speciality event. She has put in the work and it shows with her improvement late this season,” A/L coach Bob Halberg said.

Other leading contributors for Amboy/LaMoille, included Megan Grady, who was first in the 3200 (12:01.55) and second in the 1600 (5:51.21), Erika Zimmerlein, who was second in the 100 (13.65) and third in the 200 (27.29).

Hall freshman Madi Quinn went 10-0 to win the pole vault and placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.83). Hall coach Nick Hanck said Quinn did everything he asked of her.

“Madi did exactly what we wanted her to do and that was clear qualifying height. I also told her to go get the meet record and she did that as well. She also ran her best times of the year in the 100 hurdles,” Hanck said.

The Hall coach said the Lady Devils had several season’s best, including the 4x800 relay of Kaylee Olivares, Amelia Moreno, Paigie Orlandi and Ashley Keegan, who cut 19 seconds off their time to place second in 10:37.

The conference meet competition was the first for Princeton, Hall and St. Bede since joining the Three Rivers this school year.

“It was nice to get back into a conference situation where the meet has a championship feel to it,” Hodge said.

• Notes: Erie/Prophetstown won conference titles and scored in every event. One of the titles saw Rachel Cobert break a 13-year-old conference record in the triple jump by going 36-1 1/2.

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