At Erie (1A)
When: Friday at Erie High School. Field events start at 4 p.m., running events at 5:30 p.m.
Local schools: Amboy/LaMoille, Hall, Henry, Putnam County, St. Bede. Others: Earlville/Leland, Erie/Prophetstown, Fulton, Indian Creek, HBR, Morrison, Ottawa Marquette, Riverdale, Serena, Somonauk, Sterling Newman.
BCR insider: This sectional offers a mix of the Three Rivers, including Hall and St. Bede, Little Ten and Tri-County conferences. It promises to bring strong competition, which promises to see a few state champions crowned from this sectional. BV has high hopes for its relays and field events. “We are running well right now in all of our relays. Our field events are getting better each meet, after finally being able to get outside and actually work on them,” BV coach Dan DeVenney said. ... A/L’s Thomas Stamberger, a junior from LaMoille, recently broke a 69-year-old school record in the 1600 and is primed to make it to State. ... Both Hall sprinters Steven Brust (11.02) and Marshall Walk (11.04) have hit state qualifying marks in the 100 dash as well as on the Red Devils’ 4x100. Walk has also hit it in the 200.
DeVenney says: “It’ll be a great night of competition for a fan of track and field.”
At LaSalle (2A)
When: Wednesday at LaSalle Sports Complex. Field events start at 4:30 p.m., running events at 5 p.m.
Local schools: Kewanee, L-P, Mendota, Princeton, St. Bede. Others: Coal City, Fairbury Prairie Central, Geneseo, Herscher, Joliet Catholic, Kankakee, Morris, New Lennox Providence, Pontiac, Rock Island Alleman, Sherrard, Streator.
BCR insider: Princeton and St. Bede have a step up in competition in 2A they have grown accustomed to, the Bruins ever since placing second in 1A at state in 2016 and having the IHSA multiplier enforced. That won’t slow down St. Bede senior hurdler Bret Dannis, a defending 2A state champion and U of I signee, nor PHS senior sprinter Brett Schenck, who can fly with the best of them. Dannis prepares to make his fourth trip to state as Bruin in hunt for a third straight state crown. Schenck seeks his third straight trip to State. He qualified in the 100, 200 and 400 last year, but will pick up the 4x100 in place of the 400 this year. Colin Nelson (800) and Eli Grundman (PV) are knocking on the door as well. They are the only two local athletes who have meet state qualifying standards in 2A. ... SBA coach Ron Barnes said it looks like it is going to be a very competitive sectional, and “we go in with high hopes to not only qualify for the state meet but to run personal best times.”
PHS coach Dan Foes says: “We are just looking to go over to L-P and have our best performances. We always feel if we do this, that we will have some good success to advance a couple of events.”
Note: The top two place-finishers and those who meet the state qualifying standards advance to State next week.