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Bureau Valley junior Lindsey Hoffert leaps into the pit during the long jump Thursday at Princeton’s Howard-Monier Invitational. Hoffert won the long jump and 400 meters and placed second in the 100 and 200 to help the Storm to the team title. NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
Hall freshman Madi Quinn gets ready to pole vault Thursday at Princeton’s Howard-Monier Invitational. Quinn won the event by clearing a school-record 9 feet, 6 inches. She also helped the 400-meter relay to victory and placed second in the 100 hurdles. NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
PRINCETON — Bureau Valley junior Lindsey Hoffert isn’t quite recording the times and distances she wants.
But they got the job done Thursday.
Hoffert won the long jump and 400-meter dash while placing second in the 100 and 200 at Princeton’s Howard-Monier Invitational.
“My jump isn’t where it needed to be, but still, a first is a first,” Hoffert said. “I’ve had a little bit of a rough start with the long jump, but I’ll get into it. It just takes time.
“The 400 and 200 were good. I felt strong. I’m getting better each time, so I feel good. The 100 went pretty well. I usually don’t run it that much, but I think it helps. I felt good in that, too.”
Hoffert leapt 15 feet, 8 inches in the long jump and circled the track in 1:04.95 in the 400. She ran the 100 in 13.9 seconds and the 200 in 28.17 seconds.
The junior’s effort helped the Storm win the Howard-Monier with 139 points — 36 better than second-place Hall (103).
Amboy-LaMoille (96) placed third followed by Princeton (84), Peoria Christian (54), Kewanee (52) and St. Bede.
“We’re working hard,” BV coach Dale Donner said. “I’m very proud of the girls. They competed well. We had some great performances.”
BV’s Sydney Lebahn won the discus with a toss of 100-9 and placed second in the shot put with a throw of 32-6 for the Storm, while BV won the 3,200, 800 and 1,600 relays.
The Storm’s 3,200 relay of Riley Francis, Katelin Johnson, Heather Williams and Regan Weidner ran an 11:06.68, BV’s 800 relay of Tasha Richardson, Haley DeVoss, Marissa Mungia and Johnson ran a 1:56.43 and Bureau Valley’s 1,600 relay of Helena Arnadottir, Kennedy, Mungia and Weidner ran a 4:35.96.
The Lady Red Devils relied on youth as freshman Madi Quinn won the pole vault, took second in the 100 hurdles and helped the 400 relay to victory, while sophomore Brooke Keegan won the triple jump and also ran on the winning 400 relay.
Quinn set the school record in the pole vault for the second time this week as she cleared 9-6.
“I wasn’t expecting this much,” said Quinn, whose best vault in junior high was 8-0. “My goal this year was 8-6, and I blew that out of the way, so I’m happy.
“I’ve learned a new technique and it’s working a lot better. (Today) I think I just pulled through more and tried to get my feet up more.”
Keegan leapt 32-2.5 to win the event in her first outdoor meet of the season after missing Tuesday’s due to the flu.
Keegan recorded her winning jump on her second attempt.
“Finding my mark on the board is the biggest, most important part,” Keegan said. “(After my first jump), I had to go on the track and do everything because my steps were totally off. I kind of (fixed it for the second jump), but it still wasn’t the best.”
Quinn and Keegan teamed with Brittany Foster and Lexie Scarpaci to run the 400 relay in 53.84 seconds.
“That went well,” Keegan said. “Our handoffs were awesome. They were the best we’ve ever done. Hopefully, we’ll go up from here.”
Princeton senior Zoe Mead also won two events as she claimed the 800 and the 1,600 on an “endurance day” meant to get her better prepared for the 800/400 double dip in the postseason.
Mead led the whole way as she ran the 800 in 2:30.67, while she hung in third place in the 1,600 until the final lap before outkicking the field to win in 5:40.63.
“I really wasn’t expecting that,” Mead said about winning both events. “We’ve had kind of a harder week of practice and I was kind of feeling it today, so I was kind of surprised myself that I did that.”
Teammate Colbi Schertz won the shot put with a toss of 37-5.5.
Amboy-LaMoille winners were Erika Zimmerlein in the 100 (13.65), Katelyn Pankhurst in the 200 (28.02), Jennifer Popovich in the 3,200 (12:49.69) and Laura Rieker in the high jump (4-10).
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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