Nathan Allen (Princeton)
Junior • hurdles
Allen was the fastest man over the hurdles this year in Bureau County with times of 15.89 and 41.55. He’ll set his sights on his dad’s (Rick’s) family records next year.
Kale Barnett (Bureau Valley)
Senior • pole vault
The Storm senior made his way to state for the fourth year in pole vault, crowned as 1A sectional champ at Orion. He also qualified for state in the long jump as sectional runner-up with a jump (21-0 1/2), which bettered the qualifying standard.
Steven Brust (Hall)
Senior • sprints/relays
If it had not been for teammate Marshall Walk, Brust would have been the fastest man in Bureau County. He qualified for state on time in the 100 (10.93 season’s best) and ran on two state champion Red Devil relays.
Kyle Degutis (Princeton)
Senior • weights
A man of many talents at PHS, Degutis added state qualifier to his resume by qualifying for state in the shot put (50-3) as a 2A sectional runner-up.
Joe Green (Bureau Valley)
Senior • weights
Not even heart surgery kept the Storm strongman from having a banner senior season. He was the Honor Roll leader in both weights, with throws of 147-2 (discus) and shot put (51-5), qualifying for state in the latter.
Eli Grundman (Princeton)
Senior • pole vault
Eli’s coming to state was a song played out at PHS this year. The PHS senior led the Honor Roll with a height of 14-6, two feet higher than the next best vaulter. He placed second at the Plano 2A sectional, meeting the state qualifying standard.
Duncan Lawler (St. Bede)
Freshman • high jump
The Bedan cub jumped his way to the top to the leader board in high jump (5-10) and to state as sectional runner-up.
Freshman • distance
The Ohio product qualified for state in the 3200 meters, as the sectional runner-up at Orion. Running for Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio, Loftus was second on the Honor Roll with a time of 10:54.19.
Austin Norman (Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio)
Junior • hurdler
The junior from Amboy qualified for state in the 110 HH by placing second (17.71) at the Orion Sectional.
Zach Roebuck (St. Bede)
Sophomore • hurdler
The sophomore from St. Bede punched his ticket to state in the 110 HH with first-place honors (16.52) at the Orion Sectional.
Devin Soldati (Hall)
Senior • 400/TJ/relays
The former Hall baseballer proved to be quite the gem for the Red Devils track team when switching sports this spring. He topped the Honor Roll with a time of 50.69 in the 400 as sectional champ, and qualified for state as sectional runner-up in the triple jump (42-6 3/4 season’s best). He capped his year with two state championships in relays.
Thomas Stamberger (Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio)
Senior • distance
The senior from LaMoille returned to state in the 800 meters and led the Honor Roll with a time of 2:02.72. He was also the top 1600-meter runner (4:55.59). Stamberger broke a 69-year-old LHS school record in the 1600 meters last year with a time of 4:43.12. Stamberger will run for Southern Illinois next year.
Austin Torri (St. Bede)
Senior • sprints
Torri placed fifth at the Orion 1A sectional, but it was more than good enough to qualify for state on time (11.32).
Marshall Walk (Hall)
Junior • sprints/relays
Marshall was the law once again for area sprinters, heading up the honor roll in the 100 (10.65) and 200 (22.73). He also qualified for state in both sprints (sectional champ in the 200), claiming a ninth-place medal in the 100.
Conner Workman (Princeton)
Sophomore • jumps
Workman had a super sophomore season, leading the honor roll in both the long jump (21-10) and triple jump (school record 44-7). He jumped his way to state in both events by hitting qualifying marks, placing second in the triple jump.
Daniel Yanez (Hall)
Junior • distance
The Hall junior has a leg up going into his senior as this year’s Honor Roll leader in the 3200 (10:42.3).
Hall 4x100: The Red Devils hit a bump in the road when senior Ethan Cattani went down with a hamstring injury the week before sectionals. Senior Devin Soldati stepped in to run full time, joining Steve Brust, Anthony Buchanan and Marshall Walk to win state with a 42.74 clocking.
Hall 4x200: The same crew ran down another state crown in the 4x200 with a time of 1:29.49. Buchanan took over for the injured Cattani.
Princeton 4x400: The Tigers retained top honors in the 1600 relay with Grundman, Allen and freshmen Keegan Fogarty and Ethan Thompson turning in a time of 3:36.91.
St. Bede 4x800: The Bruins quartet of Anthony Hernandez, Nick Lough, Beau Bonnell and Curt Fitzgerald led the Honor Roll in the 3200 relay with a time 9:05.94.