CHARLESTON — The Bureau Valley Storm are still in the run for a state championship in two relays.
The Storm qualified both their 4x800 and 4x400 relays for Saturday’s 1A finals. They are the only two area entries to advance in 1A.
The BV 4x800 turned in a 8:09.63 on the legs of seniors Kane Eastwood, Ryan Taylor, Colten Peterson and Daniel Trone, shaving nearly three seconds off their sectional time that had them seeded No. 1 coming to Charleston. They finished third in the heat and had the fifth fastest time of the day.
“We looked at that third place, and we were kind of upset,” Trone said, “but you look up at the clock, and we’re happy to do that. We cut down time, and that’s awesome. I’m proud of my guys.”
In the 4x400 relay, Tucker Schoff joined Trone, Peterson and Eastwood for a time of 3:27.85, second in its heat and sixth overall.
Both relays ran season’s bests and school records.
BV coach Jeff Ohlson said the Storm all performed “extremely well” and handled the adversity well with the two weather delays.
“We have a great opportunity to earn a medal,” Ohlson said. “The boys all ran well and they are real excited to run Saturday.
Hall’s Collin Aimone went 18-7 3/4 in the long jump, but did not qualify for finals. He also finished fourth in his heat, 15th overall in the 400 meters with a time of 51.56, but did not qualify.
St. Bede sent its two weightmen to state, but were unable to advance. John Barnes was sixth in his flight in the shot put, 24th overall, with a toss of 44-1.
In the discus, Barnes came in fourth in his flight at 133-8 with teammate Michael Slingsby two slots behind him at 131-0.
“I’m happy that Mike was able to be a part of the state experience. It was great way to end his high school career. This will be a wonderful opportunity for John to gain so much experience down here for the future,” St. Bede coach Mike Skoflanc said.
Hall’s 4x100 relay of seniors Alic Hernandez and Aimone, junior Aaron Rybarzcyk and sophomore Chris Hammonds finished seventh in its heat, 28th overall with a time of 45:06.
BV’s Kane Eastwood placed sixth in his heat of the 800 meters, 16th overall, turning in a time of 2:01.09.
The Storm’s Schoff placed fourth in his flight, 25th overall in the 300 hurdles (42.22).