|5/16/2014 10:55:00 AM|
Prep track & field: Twelve girls, five relays qualify for state at BV
|Henry-Midland junior Amanda Kereta (left) anchors the Lady Timberducks’ 400-meter relay to a second-place finish and a state berth Thursday at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional in Manlius. Kereta also qualified for state in the 100 and 400 and helped the 1,600 relay to state.|
NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
|Hall freshman Madi Quinn clears the bar during the pole vault Thursday at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional in Manlius. Quinn won the event by clearing 9 feet, 3 inches.|
NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
MANLIUS — Henry-Midland junior Amanda Kereta was tired before the 1,600-meter relay Thursday at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional.
Kereta had already run one preliminary and raced in three other finals.
But she knew she had to give it her all in the relay to ensure her twin, Amber, earned a trip to the IHSA Class 1A State Track & Field Meet.
“I was dead because I did all my events already and I did prelims so I had run an extra 100, but my sister was only in the 4x4 because of shin splints, and I really wanted her to get to run on the track next week, so that’s what I ran the 4x4 for,” Amanda Kereta said.
The extra motivation gave Amanda Kereta just enough to anchor the relay to a third-place finish in a state-qualifying time of 4:13.8 to give both twins a trip to Charleston and send Amanda to state in all four of her events.
Amanda Kereta also won the 100 in 12.97 seconds and the 400 in a school-record 1:00.91 and anchored H-M’s 400 relay to a second-place finish in 51.44 seconds.
“I exceeded my limits,” Amanda Kereta said. “I was going through my emails the other day and I made a goal book my freshman year, and I’m way past everything I wanted. It was like, ‘Make it (to state) at least one year in high school.’ This is my third year (going to state) and four events this year. I exceeded everything.”
Bureau Valley junior Lindsey Hoffert also qualified for state in four events as she won the long jump by leaping 16 feet, 10 1/2 inches while anchoring BV’s 400, 800 and 1,600 relays to state berths.
“I was hoping for four and we’ve been working hard to get four events down there, especially our relays,” Hoffert said. “I can’t even explain how good it feels to get all these down there.”
Hoffert helped the Storm 800 relay to second-place in 1:50.17, the 1,600 relay to second in 4:11.89 and the 400 relay to third in a qualifying time of 51.83 seconds.
“I knew it was going to be close with a couple of (the relays),” Hoffert said. “I knew the 4x2 was going to be there. The 4x1 and 4x4, we were there, but we just had to keep working for it.”
Along with Kereta and Hoffert, 10 other area individuals qualified for state on a cold, rainy night in Manlius.
Hall freshman Madi Quinn cleared 9-3 to win the pole vault.
“It means a lot,” Quinn said. “I’m really glad I could make it in pole vault because that was one of my goals this year.”
Entering her first prep season, Quinn didn’t anticipate earning a trip to state in pole vault.
“My grade school P.R. (personal record) was 8 foot, and I didn’t think I would make this big of a leap this year, but I’m glad I did,” said Quinn, whose best vault is 10-3. “I’ve learned new techniques and I’ve really been pushing myself.”
Amboy-LaMoille sophomore Erika Zimmerlein also qualified for state in her first high school season.
She ran a 27.49 to win the 200.
“I didn’t expect it really,” Zimmerlein said. “I’m surprised. It’s my first year doing track since sixth grade.”
Henry-Midland senior Erin McKee earned a returned trip to state but in an individual event this time.
After running on H-M’s medal-winning 3,200 relay last year, McKee ran a 5:27.39 to win the 1,600. Teammate Ronna Pettis placed third in the event in a qualifying time of 5:33.08.
“It was amazing,” said McKee, who had never run a sub six-minute mile prior to this season. “After we decided not to run our 4x8 this year, I went through a period where I didn’t think I’d be able to go back (to state), then things just came through for me in the mile. I’m so proud of what happened with me and Ronna. To go to state together, that’s just fantastic.”
Bureau Valley junior Sydney Lebahn also earned a return trip to Charleston as she tossed the discus 113-5 to win the event.
Other area qualifiers were Putnam County’s Paige Griffith in the 300 hurdles (second, 48.24), A-L’s Megan Grady in the 3,200 (second, 11:45.28) and Laura Rieker in the high jump (third, 5-0), H-M’s Emma Cluskey in the triple jump (third, 33-8 1/2) and Jillian Monier in the 3,200 (fourth, 11:57.22).
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