EAST PEORIA — Zoe Mead had one final shot at catching the Princeton High School record in the 400 meters. She made it her best shot.
The recent PHS graduate broke the 400-meters record with a time of 57.55 to take top honors in Tuesday’s Peoria Journal Star Honor Roll Meet in East Peoria. Hannah Pinter was the previous PHS record holder in the 400, running a 58.2 in 1994.
“I gave Zoe the option to just run the 400 tonight as we still needed to try to get that school record. She came through with a great final race in a PHS uniform,” PHS coach Pat Hodge said. “She had her best 200 split in the first half of the race and was in third place at that point. She was able to maintain her pace pretty well in the second half, catching one girl with about 50 meters to go and the other in the last few meters.
“It’s been a pleasure coaching her for four years, and I was happy that she finished with a school record.”
Mead previously set the school record in the 800 meters.
Teammate Colbi Schertz, also a state medalist, took third in the shot put with a throw of 37-8 1/2, which was a PHS meet best. PHS junior Taylor Clark landed ninth in the discus (96-1).
Bureau Valley brought its 4x400 state relay to East Peoria, placing first with a time of 4:07.83 on the legs of Helena Arnadottir, Sabrina Webb, Tiana Kennedy and Lindsey Hoffert.
“ It was nice going out with some top performances. Not often can you say you won your last race of the year,” BV coach Dale Donner said.
The Storm’s 4x200 of Marissa Mungia, Katelin Johnson, Kennedy and Hoffert placed third with a time of 1:48.65. BV placed ninth in the 4x100 (52.20).
Hoffert also placed fourth in the long jump (16-3 1/2). BV junior Sydney Lebahn took third in the discus (110-4) and sixth in the shot put (33-6 1/2).
Hall freshman Madi Quinn placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.43) and third in the pole vault (9-9). Teammate Brooke Keegan placed ninth in the triple jump (32-4).
Putnam County’s Paige Griffith took second in the 300 hurdles (47.86).
The top area finisher on the boys side was Bureau Valley’s Kane Eastwood, who won the 800 meters with a time of 1:59.80. Bureau Valley’s Tucker Schoff finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (41.61) and the Storm’s 4x400 came in sixth (3:34.31).
Princeton’s state qualifiers warmed up nicely Tuesday. Kai Tomaszewski was second in the 400 (51.86), Drew Pranka (40.96) and Lenny Mead (41.34) ran 1-2 in the 300-meter hurdles, Pranka placed third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.83), Caleb Strom placed third in the 200 (23.17), fourth in the 100 meters (11.70) and ninth in the long jump (19-3).
In the shot put, Bureau Valley’s Justin Buckman was fifth (49-5), St. Bede’s John Barnes was seventh (47-4) and Michael Slingsby was eighth (46-0). Barnes also placed fifth in the discus (143-0).
St. Bede’s Baylee Hopps took second in the triple jump (41-6).
Hall’s Al Baldonado placed fifth in the 3,200 (10:32.52) and Collin Aimone placed sixth in the long jump (20-1). The Red Devils relays placed third in the 4x100 (44.55), sixth in the 4x200 (1:45.25) and sixth in the 4x200 (1:45.25).
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