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Workman breaks 30-year-old record

Track notebook

Princeton's Connor Workman takes off in the triple jump Friday at Mendota. He broke a 30-year-old school record by going 44-7.
Princeton's Connor Workman takes off in the triple jump Friday at Mendota. He broke a 30-year-old school record by going 44-7.

Records are starting to fall this track season, and some of have been around for quite awhile.

Princeton sophomore Conner Workman popped a school record of 44-7 to win the triple jump at Mendota Friday. He broke the 30-year-old record that Al Layton has held since 1989 at 43-7 ¾ by more than one foot.

Last week, Workman set a F/S school record of 42-9 to win the triple jump in the Geneseo F/S Invite.

The Tigers’ 4x200 relay of Logan Glancy, Ethan Thompson, Workman and Collyn Walters also used a F/S school record time of 1:34.31 to take home a blue ribbon at Geneseo.

Putnam County senior Kaleb Wright broke the 49-year-old school record in discus with a toss of 159-5 at Friday’s Annawan-Wethersfield Titan Invitational. John Brandstatter held the record at 150-10 since 1970.

Wright also set the new meet record.

BV girls set sights on the TRAC

Bureau Valley enters the Three Rivers girls’ conference track meet at Sherrard Thursday as the odds-on favorite. The Storm have won four straight TRAC titles, nine overall, looking to match their streak of five from 2004-08. They had won every meet they’ve run in this year until Friday’s Eureka Invite, in which they placed second.

The Storm must run well, though, coach Dale Donner said, as they will have Fulton and Sherrard on their tails.

Field events start at 4 p.m. at Sherrard High School with track prelims at 5:30 p.m.

Girls sectionals

The five local girls track teams will be sent to three different sites for IHSA sectionals next week. It all starts Wednesday at LaSalle in 2A for Princeton and Mendota. Class 1A takes the track Thursday with Amboy-LaMoille and Bureau Valley at Erie and Hall and St. Bede at El Paso-Gridley.

New date for TRAC boys

The Three Rivers boys’ conference track meet has been pushed back one day to Friday, May 10, still at Princeton. It was originally scheduled for May 9, but there are many girls sectionals being run that day.

Getting pushed

Amboy-LaMoille senior Tom Stamberger is starting to round into shape.

He won the 800 in last week’s Rock Falls Invite with a time of 2:03.84.

“He hasn’t been pushed outdoors yet because of weather and stuff,” Amboy coach Jeramey Wittenauer said. “He finally had some competition tonight. Every time, he wants to go out and break 2 minutes, but that isn’t going to happen.”

Mark your calendars

Other upcoming meets of note:

• Girls sectionals: May 8-10.

• Boys sectionals: May 16-17.

• Girls state: May 16-18.

• Journal Star Honor Roll: May 20.

• Boys state: May 23-25.

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