The 2013 NewsTribune Girls All-Area track team is full of strong perfomers this spring.
Jena Argubright, La Salle-Peru
Season highlights: Argubright had a successful second season of prep track and field as she qualified for the IHSA Class 2A State Meet in the high jump. She earned her state trip by tying for second place at the Princeton Sectional at 4 feet, 10 inches. Argubright’s season best was 5-2.
Dani Aurit, Marquette
Season highlights: Aurit’s strong career continued this season with another state medal. She qualified for the IHSA Class 1A State Meet in the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 and claimed ninth in the 1,600 in 5:23.35. Aurit won Tri-County Conference titles in the 3,200, 1,600 and 1,600 relay.
Maria Baldwin, Fieldcrest
Season highlights: The NT Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year was the only area girl to bring home two solo state medals. She placed fifth in the 3,200 meters in a school-record 11:27.19 and finished eighth in the 1,600 in 5:22.94. She was second in both events at the Heart of Illinois Conference Meet.
Paige Griffith, Putnam County
Season highlights: Griffith racked up hurdles wins this season, including the 300-meter hurdles at the Tri-County Conference Meet and the 110 hurdles at the Rollie Morris Invitational. She earned her second trip to the Class 1A State Meet in the 300s with a qualifying-time run at the Erie Sectional.
Lindsey Hoffert, Bureau Valley
Season highlights: Hoffert remained one of the state’s elite Class 1A long jumpers in her second prep season. The 2012 NT Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year placed third in the long jump at this year’s state meet with a leap of 17 feet, 4 3/4 inches. She also qualified for state in the 200.
Tessa Holland, Fieldcrest
Season highlights: Holland showed her versatiliety with wins this spring in the 400 meters, high jump, long jump 300 hurdles, 400 relay and 1,600 relay. A stress fracture held her from returning to the IHSA Class 1A Meet in the high jump, but she did claim an eighth-place state medal in the 400.
Kaitlyn Horn, Mendota
Season highlights: Horn dominated the area in throws this season, including sweeps at the Rollie Morris Invitational, Don Gooden Invitational and the Class 2A Princeton Sectional to earn her second career trip to the IHSA State Meet. Horn set the school record in the shot put at 41 feet, 3 inches.
Amanda Kereta, Henry-Midland
Season highlights: Kereta shined for the H-M co-op as she won Tri-County Conference titles in the 400 meters and the 200 as well as the 400 relay. Kereta qualified for the state in the 400 by winning the event at the Class 1A Erie Sectional, but scratched to focus on the 1,600 relay.
Megan Krolak, La Salle-Peru
Season highlights: Krolak followed a strong cross country season with a distance double dip at the Class 2A Princeton Sectional this spring to earn state berths in both the 1,600 meters and 3,200. She set school records in both with an 11:42.82 in the 3,200 and a 5:29.48 in the 1,600.
Sydney Lebahn, Bureau Valley
Season highlights: Lebahn followed the tradition of sisters Jordan and Madison by qualifying for state in the discus this spring. Sydney Lebahn earned her trip by placing second at the Class 1A Erie Sectional with a personal best 108 feet, 9 inches. At state, she finished 14th with a toss of 107-10.
Zoe Mead, Princeton
Season highlights: Mead’s first trip to the IHSA State Meet as an individual was a success as she was the area’s lone competitor to bring home a Class 2A state medal. She ran a season-best 2:17.27 to place seventh in the 800 meters. Mead also qualified for state in the 400.
Phoenix Smallwood, Princeton
Season highlights: Smallwood rarely walked away from a meet this season without first-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump. Among the meets she swept both were the Rollie Morris and Don Gooden invitationals. She qualified for state in both jumps and set the PHS record in both.
Regan Weidner, Bureau Valley
Season highlights: The 2012 NT Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year battled injury this spring but still managed to qualify for the Class 1A State Meet in the 3,200 meters where she placed 13th. She claimed a Three Rivers Athletic Conference title in the 1,600.
Melanie Yanke, Henry-Midland
Season highlights: Yanke qualified for state as an individual for the first time this season. She placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at the Class 1A Erie Sectional, but earned her state berth on qualifying time. Yanke ran a 48.79 seconds at state to place fourth in her preliminary heat.
Henry-Midland 3,200 relay
Members: Nicole Woodall, Erin McKee, Alyssa Martynowski, Amber Kereta
Season highlights: The Lady Timberducks won the Rollie Morris Invitational and the Tri-County Conference title before a big postseason. H-M won the Class 1A Erie Sectional in 10:06.97 and capped its season by becoming the first H-M relay to win a medal by placing fourth in a school-record 9:50.
Henry-Midland 400 relay
Members: Amanda Kereta, Lauren Sendelbach, Melanie Yanke and Emma Cluskey
Season highlights: The Lady Timberduck foursome won several big meets during the season, including the Rollie Invitational (53.38 seconds) and the Tri-County Conference Meet (53.15). Henry-Midland also had a strong showing at the Class 1A Erie Sectional as it ran a 52.56 to place third.
Bureau Valley 800 relay
Members: Lindsey Hoffert, Haley DeVoss, Lauren Peterson, Katelin Johnson
Season highlights: The Storm started slow but put it together as the season went along. The Storm placed third at the Brockman Invitational (1:52.36), third at the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Meet (1:53.48) and third at the Class 1A Erie Sectional (1:53.43) to just miss a state berth.
Henry-Midland 1,600 relay
Members: Nicole Woodall, Melanie Yanke, Amber Kereta, Amanda Kereta
Season highlights: The Lady Timberducks ran their best at the IHSA Class 1A State Meet to earn a spot in the finals and bring home an eighth-place medal after entering preliminaries seeded 11th. H-M capped its season with a school-record 4:06.27 in the finals.