CHARLESTON — Bureau Valley had a perfect day in Thursday’s IHSA 1A State Track and Field preliminaries, qualifying in all five events for Saturday’s finals.
Lindsey Hoffert will take part in four of the five, qualifying in the long jump and three relays. Junior Sydney Lebahn joined them in the discus.
“Our kids really stepped up and competed today. Our goal was 5 for 5 all day, and we did it. We wanted to qualify all five events for finals,” BV coach Dale Donner said. “We had a season’s best on four of our five events. You cannot ask for anything more. You work all year to make it here and perform you best, and we did that. I am very proud of our kids!”
Donner believed Hoffert would become the first BV athlete to make finals in four events. Her season’s jump at 17 feet, 1 3/4 inches was the fifth best of the day.
“I just came in hoping for the best,” Hoffert said. “The girls on our team have a lot of motivation and pride for each other, and that helps.”
The Storm set a school record in the 4x200 with Marissa Mungia, Katelyn Johnson, Tiana Kennedy and Hoffert turning in a time of 1:48.12. They finished second in their heat and ninth overall.
Haley DeVoss, Kennedy, Mungia and Hoffert were just 0.16 away from another school record in the 4x100, finishing third in their heat and ninth overall with a time of 50.94.
The Storm saved their best for the last race of the day in the 4x400 relay. They shaved more than six seconds off their season’s best on the legs of Helena Osk Arnadottir, Sabrina Web, Kennedy and Hoffert, They finished second in the final heat while beating out Three Rivers rival Erie/Prophetstown, coming in as the with a fourth fastest time (4:05.37) of the day
“These girls are amazing. We all work great together. We had always kept up with E/P, but this time, we were faster than normal,” Hoffert said. “Seeing these girls work so hard to get that lead, I knew I had to go fast to not let anyone down.”
Donner said the Storm relays will try to finetune the handoffs a little more on Friday, “then hopefully Saturday we can step up again.”
Lebahn twirled the discus 113-7 to advance with the 10th best throw of the day. Warrensburg-Latham freshman Kathleen Young leads all 1A throwers at 135-6.
Amboy/LaMoille sophomore Erika Zimmerlein set a LaMoille school record of 26.20 in the 200 meters, but it was not enough to qualify
A/L senior Laura Rieker (high jump, 4-10) and Hall freshmen Maddi Quinn (pole vault, 9-9) also came up short.
Shaw Media Service contributed to this report.