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Worth the ‘weight’ for BC throwers

MORRISON — The three-day wait was no problem for the weight men from Bureau County in the Three Rivers Conference Track and Field Meet which was postponed from Friday to Monday at Morrison.

The Bureau County trio of St. Bede’s John Barnes and Michael Slingsby and Bureau Valley’s Justin Buckman dominated the weights. In the discus they went 1-2-3 with Barnes (135-10), Buckman (129-1) and Slingsby (125-11). The Bruins flip-flopped places in the shot put with Slingsby recording a winning effort of 48-6 1/4 followed by Buckman (47-4 1/2) and Barnes (47-4).

Princeton’s Matt Gibson joined the fun with a fourth-place (123-7 1/2) finish in the discus.

Erie/Prophetstown nosed out Sterling Newman 105-102 for team honors. Bureau Valley placed third with 85 points. Princeton (59) was sixth, Hall (39) was eighth and St. Bede (38) took ninth in the 13-team field.

The Storm’s Kane Eastwood won the 800 (2:03.96) and teamed with Daniel Trone, Tucker Schoff and Colton Peterson to win the 4x400 relay (3:30.28).

BV also ran down a second-place finish in the 4x800 (8:30.25) with Ryan Taylor, Colton Peterson, Trone and Eastwood.

“I thought we ran well, the kids came out and competed, and we saw some good times for sectionals. We look forward to competing well on Friday,” BV coach Jeff Ohlson said of the 1A Sectional the Storm will compete in at Erie.

Drew Pranka had a 1-2-3 finish for Princeton. He placed first in the 300 hurdles (40.96), second in the 110 high hurdles (15.40) and third in the pole vault (12-0).

PHS’ Caleb Strom picked up fourths in the 100 (11.36) and long jump (20-3 1/4) as did teammate Matt Gibson in the discus (123-7 1/2).

Hall’s Collin Aimone had second-place efforts in the long jump (21-10) and the 400 (51.8). He also ran with Chris Hammonds, Alic Hernandez and Aaron Rybarczyk for a third-place effort in the 4x100 relay (45.55).

The Red Devils’ Al Baldonado took second in the 3,200 (10:09.5) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:04.26).

• The only conference record set on Monday was in the high jump. Rockridge’s Bryan Heath cleared 6-6, tying the 1984 mark of Savanna’s Ron Arb.

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