|6/19/2014 10:26:00 AM|
Girls track & field all-area team
Dani Aurit, Marquette
Season Highlights: Aurit ended her stellar career with a trip to state in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. At state, she ran an 11:17.92 to place eighth in the 3,200 to earn her fourth career state medal. In the 1,600, she ran a 5:15.77 in the preliminaries to reach the finals where she placed 11th. Aurit won both distance events at the Tri-County Conference Meet.
Paige Aurit, Marquette
Season highlights: A year after missing the state finals in the 800 meters, Aurit returned to run a 2:20.29 to place ninth and earn her first career state medal. She advanced to the finals by running a 2:22.77 in the preliminaries. Aurit also qualified for state in the 400 but did not advance to finals. She won the 800 at the TCC Meet.
Maria Baldwin, Fieldcrest
Season highlights: Baldwin again pulled off state medals in both distance events as she placed seventh in the 3,200 and ninth in the 1,600 for her fourth and fifth career medals. Baldwin's time of 11:13.7 in the 3,200 finals was just one-tenth of a second off Rebekah Faber’s area record. She set a school record of 5:14.89 in the 1,600 preliminaries.
Emma Cluskey, Henry-Midland
Season highlights: Cluskey punched a ticket to state by besting the state-qualifying standard with a jump of 33 feet, 8 ½ inches at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional. At state, Cluskey improved her personal best by nearly a foot with a leap of 33-9 ¼ in the preliminaries. She bettered her school record again with a 35-3 ¼ in the finals to place eighth.
Paige Griffith, Putnam County
Season highlights: Griffith had another strong season in the hurdles as she qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles for the third time in her career. She earned her trip to state by placing second in the event at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional. Griffith also won the 300 hurdles at the Tri-County Conference Meet and the Rollie Morris Invitational.
Lindsey Hoffert, Bureau Valley
Season highlights: Hoffert excelled as an individual and as part of relays. She medaled in the long jump for the third year in a row, taking fifth in Class 1A with a jump of 17 feet, 9 ¼ inches. She also anchored the BV 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays to state medals. She won the long jump at the Three Rivers Conference, Howard-Monier and Rollie Morris meets.
Tessa Holland, Fieldcrest
Season highlights: Holland showed her versatility as she medaled in three events. In her first year competing in the triple jump, Holland placed second in Class 1A with a school-record leap of 36 feet, 8 inches. She also took fourth in the high jump (5-5) and seventh in the 400 meters (59.4 seconds). Holland set an area high jump record by clearing 5-7.
Amanda Kereta, Henry-Midland
Season highlights: Kereta won a lot this season as she claimed four events at the Rollie Morris Invitational, three at the Tri-County Meet and two at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional. She qualified for state in four events (100, 400, 400 relay and 1,600 relay). Kereta placed eighth in the 400 at state in 59.4 seconds while anchoring both relays to medals.
Megan Krolak, La Salle-Peru
Season highlights: Krolak qualified for the Class 2A State Meet for the second year in a row. After missing the medal stand as a sophomore, Krolak ran an 11:15.51 in the 3,200 meters to place eighth and claim her first career medal. Krolak placed second in the 3,200 at the Plano Sectional and won the event at the Illinois Valley Meet.
Sydney Lebahn, Bureau Valley
Season highlights: Lebahn qualified for the Class 1A state meet for the second year in a row by winning the discus at the Bureau Valley Sectional with a toss of 113 feet, 5 inches. She threw 113-7 in the Class 1A preliminaries to advance to finals. She did not improve her throw in the finals and finished 10th — just one spot off the podium.
Zoe Mead, Princeton
Season highlights: Mead dominated the 400 and 800, breaking school records in both events, including the 800 record that stood since 1987 with a 2:15.28 in the Class 2A state preliminaries. In the finals, Mead ran a 2:15.87 to place second. She also qualified for state in the 400. Mead showed range this spring by winning meets in the 200 and 1,600 as well.
Madi Quinn, Hall
Season highlights: Quinn burst onto the scene with success in the pole vault and the hurdles. In the pole vault, she won the Three Rivers Conference Meet, the Howard-Monier, Rollie Morris and Don Gooden invites along with the Bureau Valley Sectional to earn a trip to state. Quinn also won the 100 hurdles at the Don Gooden and Rollie Morris.
Lesly Rocha, La Salle-Peru
Season highlights: After success in cross country, Rocha continued her distance dominance in the spring as she placed fifth in Class 2A in the 1,600 and seventh in the 3,200. Rocha broke the school record in both events multiple times. She ran record times of 11:14.4 in the 3,200 finals and 5:08.09 in the 1,600 preliminaries — both within a second of area records.
Colbi Schertz, Princeton
Season highlights: Schertz earned her first career state medal in her first trip to the Class 2A State Meet with a toss of 38 feet, 2 inches to finish eighth in the shot put. During the season, Schertz won the Don Gooden Invitational, the Three Rivers Meet and the Plano Sectional. She broke the school record multiple times, including with a 39-5 at the TRC Meet.
Bureau Valley 400 relay
Members: Haley DeVoss, Tiana Kennedy, Marissa Mungia, Hoffert
Season highlights: The foursome broke the school record on both days at the Class 1A state meet. The Storm ran a 50.94 in the state preliminaries then churned out a 50.71 in the state finals to earn an eighth-place medal. The group earned a state berth with a qualifying time of 51.83 at the sectional.
Bureau Valley 800 relay
Members: Mungia, Katelin Johnson, Kennedy, Hoffert
Season highlights: The Storm relay cut it's sectional time by more than two seconds in the Class 1A state preliminaries and trimmed its time again in the state finals. The Bureau Valley foursome ran a 1:48.12 in the prelims before running a 1:48.1 — a school record — in the finals to earn an eighth-place medal.
Bureau Valley 1,600 relay
Members: Helena Arnadottir, Sabrina Webb, Kennedy, Hoffert
Season highlights: The foursome not only etched their names into BV school history but also in the area record book. The group ran a 4:01.59 in the Class 1A state finals to break the old area mark of 4:02.23 set by BV in 2006. The record time earned the relay third place at state.
Henry-Midland 400 relay
Members: Lauren Sendelbach, Melanie Yanke, Cluskey, Amanda Kereta
Season highlights: The Lady Timberducks set the school record both days at the Class 1A state meet. After running a 51.44 at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional, the relay ran a 50.76 in the state preliminaries and a 50.59 in the state finals to earn a seventh-place medal.
Henry-Midland 1,600 relay
Members: Yanke, Sendelbach, Amber Kereta, Amanda Kereta
Season highlights: Yanke and the Keretas returned from last year's state-medalist 1,600 relay and with Sendelbach replacing the graduated Nicole Woodall, H-M earned another medal. The group ran a school-record 4:02.59 to place fourth in Class 1A - four spots better than last season.
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