CHARLESTON — Lindsey Hoffert and the Bureau Valley Storm had a busy, but rewarding day in the IHSA Class 1A State Track and Field finals.
Hoffert garnered four state medals, placing fifth in the long jump and landing medals in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. She is the first BV athlete to medal in four events in one season.
“It means so much to me and the rest of the girls as well. It’s incredibly cool to finally see that all of our hard work paid off. Nothing beats that,” Hoffert said. “ I feel so lucky and proud to be able to do what we did this weekend.”
BV coach Dale Donner said gathering for a post meet picture with all his athletes and their 13 medals put things in perspective.
“We earned 13 state medal,” he said. “To say I am proud of them would be an understatement. These girls have worked their tails off for this moment and they were rewarded for their efforts.”
The Storm relay squad of Helena Osk Arnadottir, Sabrina Webb, Tiana Kennedy and Hoffert, picked up a third-place medal in the 4x400, finishing with a new school record time of 4:01.59, bettering the previous record of 4:02.23 set in 2006, as well a county record. Williamsville was first with 3:59.47
In the 4x200, the Storm were edged by Three Rivers rival Erie/Prophetstown (1:47.64) with Marissa Mungia, Katelyn Johnson, Kennedy and Hoffert turning in an eighth-place time of 1:48.10, bettering the school record they had just set in Thursday’s prelims.
“It was so good to see senior Katelyn Johnson get a state medal on her last race,” Donner said. “She has been a lead by example worker for us this year. Our success from all our season comes back to the work ethic she has brought to this team.”
Bureau Valley landed yet another medal and county record in the 4x100, placing eighth (50.71) on the legs of Haley DeVoss, Kennedy, Mungia and Hoffert. Donner said the Storm had three “terrific handoffs.”
“We got up early in the morning to get to the track before it got crowded to work on the handoffs a little more,” Donner said. “That extra work is what these girls have been about all year long. They do not shy away from hard work, and it became worth it on Saturday.”
Hoffert set a personal best in the long jump by 17-9 1/4 on her second attempt, good for fifth place. She placed third a year ago with a lower distance of 17-4 3/4.
“She keeps wondering what might of been, but I am happy for what was,” Donner said. “That was a very strong field in Class A. Her jump would have placed her second in 2A.”
Bureau Valley junior Sydney Lebahn just missed out on a medal in the discus, placing ninth with a throw of 113-7 from prelims.
Bureau Valley finished tied for 17th place with 16 points. Aurora Christian topped the field with 49.