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Kevin Hieronymus

Taking a look back at a record day at girls state

There were a flurry of medals and records being broken in IHSA State Girls Track and Field Meet. It is well worth taking a look back.

Princeton senior Zoe Mead set a school record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.68 in Thursday’s preliminaries. She went to take second place in Saturday’s finals with a time of 2:15.87, losing out on a State Meet record run of 2:10.73 by Karina Liz of Aurora Central Catholic.

Mead, who on Tuesday set the PHS record in the 400 meters, broke the 800-meter record held by Angie Noble since 1987. Mead’s coach, Pat Hodge, is the boys 800-meter record holder.

Bureau Valley used the stage of O’Brien Stadium to set two all-time Bureau County records and one school record.

The Storm’s 4x100 crew of junior Haley DeVoss, freshmen Tiana Kennedy and Marissa Mungia and junior Lindsey Hoffert broke the all-time Bureau County record with a time of 50.71, placing eighth. That erased both the 2006 BV 4x100 of Anna Phillips, Aubrey Franklin, Carlie Grunloh and Alisa Baron and the 1998 Hall 4x100 of Gina Vicini, Deanna Derix, Veronica Pinter and Mary Jo Giordano from the record books.

The Storm established a new school record in the 4x200 on Thursday (1:48.12) and came back two days later in Saturday’s finals and broke their own record. That mark of 1:48.10 ran by Marissa Mungia, Katelin Johnson, Tiana Kennedy and Lindsey Hoffert was good for eighth place.

The Storm capped their big day with another school and Bureau County record in the 4x400 with a third place time of 4:01.59 on the legs of senior Helena Osk Arnadottir, freshman Sabrina Webb, Kennedy and Hoffert. The previous county record was at 4:02.23 set by the BV 2006 crew of Baron, Stephanie Harrod, Mallorie Mathew and Hillary Monier

“We had Lindsey and Tiana split under a minute, and Sabrina was right at it. That is awesome coming from a school our size,” BV coach Dale Donner said.

• Mead may have missed out on graduation ceremonies Saturday at PHS, but she took her cap and gown with her to Charleston. Instead of a diploma, she earned herself a second-place medal.

The PHS standout will be running for Lewis University next year, signing with the Romeoville school last week. She’ll be reunited with former PHS teammate Phoenix Smallwood, a Lewis freshman.

• Bureau Valley’s Arnadottir, an exchange student from Iceland, was more than 3,600 miles from home, but that didn’t keep her family from watching her run live. They were able to view the streamline broadcast on the IHSA’s web page.

“It was neat to hear that Helena’s parents watched her run online up in Iceland. She said her family gathered around the computer to watch and could tell which one she was when she walked on the track by the way she was walking,” BV coach Dale Donner said.

• I want to express my deepest condolences to the Jacobs family for their horrific loss this week. I understand Logan was just a terrific little boy and well liked by all. Please keep them in your prayers.

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