Below is the 2013 NewsTribune All-Area Boys Track and Field Team:
Damion Allen, La Salle-Peru
Season highlights: The speedster once again reached the IHSA Class 2A State Meet by blazing around the track in 50.53 seconds to win the 400-meter dash at the Plano Sectional. Allen ran a 51.65 at state. He also won the event at the Illinois Valley Meet (52.46) and placed second at the Pekin Dragon Invitational (50.55).
Al Baldonado, Hall
Season highlights: Baldonado added to his strong distance resume with a solid season on the track in the 3,200 meters. He placed second in the event at the Rollie Morris Invitational (10:09.96) and at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional (10:00.47) to earn a trip to the IHSA State Meet. He ran a 10:05.57 at state.
Austin Burant, Ottawa
Season highlights: The senior was one of the area’s top jumpers this spring, which he proved by bringing home a Class 2A fifth-place state medal in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 7 3/4 inches. He also won the Illinois Valley Meet and earned his state trip by besting the qualifying standard at the Plano Sectional (21-10).
Steven Gualandri, St. Bede
Season highlights: There’s no doubt Gualandri was an elite 300-meter hurdler this spring. He won the event at the Don Gooden Invitational, the Rollie Morris Invitational, the Illinois Valley Meet and the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional. He capped his season with a fourth-place state medal — the area’s highest finish — in a time of 40.28 seconds.
Luke Hill, Marquette
Season highlights: The 2012 NT Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year continued his distance dominance this spring. He swept the 3,200 and 1,600 meters at the Tri-County Conference and Illinois Valley meets. Hill placed second in the Class 1A Seneca Sectional to earn a state berth and capped his career by placing fifth in the 3,200 in a school-record 9:31.5.
Logan Hoffert, Bureau Valley
Season highlights: The 2013 NT Boys Track Athlete of the Year became just the ninth area boy to earn three medals in one state meet, placing eighth in the triple jump and 1,600 relay and was ninth in the 300 hurdles. Hoffert won the triple jump, 300 hurdles and 1,600 relay at the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Meet.
Kristian Konneck, Bureau Valley
Season highlights: Not many were faster than Konneck this spring. He won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Rollie Morris Invitational and earned a state berth in the 200 by placing fourth and running a qualifying time (22.93 seconds) at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional. He ran a 23.61 at state.
Brett Kowalczyk, La Salle-Peru
Season highlights: Kowalczyk’s best throw during the regular season was 49 feet, 3 1/2 inches, but he mustered up a state-qualifying toss of 51-5 3/4 at the Class 2A Plano Sectional to earn a trip to the IHSA State Meet. He recorded a throw of 47-6 in the state preliminaries.
John MacBean, Marquette
Season highlights: The sophomore made a name for himself in his second season of high school track and field. He tossed the discus 140 feet, 5 inches at the Class 1A Seneca Sectional to place second and earn a trip to the IHSA State Meet. MacBean recorded a 138-8 in the state preliminaries to place 15th.
Wyatt Martinson, Mendota
Season highlights: Martinson battled injuries during the season but still managed plenty of success. He won the 100-meter dash at the Don Gooden Invitational and set the school record in the event (10.76 seconds) in a freshman/sophomore meet. He won the 200 at the Class 2A Plano Sectional to earn a trip to the IHSA State Meet.
Alex Pettis, Henry-Midland
Season highlights: After a strong cross country season, Pettis continued the trend in the spring in the 3,200 meters. He placed second in the event at the Rollie Morris Invitational and the Tri-County Conference Meet. Pettis placed third at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional but managed to earn a state berth by running a qualifying time of 10:00.85.
Landon Piccatto, Hall
Season highlights: Piccatto made another IHSA Class 1A State Meet appearance this season by qualifying in the triple jump and the 300-meter hurdles. He won the triple jump at the Bureau Valley Sectional and ran a qualifying time of 41.3 seconds in the 300 hurdles. Piccatto also won the triple at the Illinois Valley Meet and the Don Gooden Invitational.
Austin Stewart, Princeton
Season highlights: After missing out on the IHSA Class 2A State Meet as a junior, Stewart returned to Charleston to cap his career. He earned his berth by winning the high jump at the Plano Sectional by clearing 6 feet, 3 inches. Stewart cleared 6-3 in the preliminaries to advance to finals, where he cleared 6-2 to finish 12th.
Clay Vaini, La Salle-Peru
Season highlights: Vaini came on strong toward the end of the season as he leapt 21 feet, 10 1/4 inches to place second in the long jump at the Class 2A Plano Sectional to earn a trip to the IHSA State Meet. In the state preliminaries, he recorded a 20-7 1/4 to advance to the finals. Vaini placed 11th.
Bureau Valley 3,200 relay
Members: Colton Peterson, Andrew Smith, Ryan Taylor, Kane Eastwood
Season highlights: The Storm’s distance relay was strong from the start. The quartet won the Don Gooden, Howard-Monier, Rollie Morris and Brockman invitationals. BV placed second at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional in a season-best 8:27.22 to earn a trip to the IHSA State Meet.
La Salle-Peru 400 relay
Members: Clay Vaini, Logan Zeman, Alec Lindemann, Damion Allen
Season highlights: The foursome formed a formidable sprint relay this season for L-P. The Cavaliers ran a season-best mark of 45.08 seconds at the Geneseo ABC Meet. The quartet was also victorious at the Illinois Valley Meet in Ottawa as it posted a winning a time of 45.52 seconds.
Ottawa 800 relay
Members: Austin Burant, Luke Lambert, Alex Trumbo, Logan Killen
Season highlights: The Pirates put together the area’s fastest 800-meter relay this spring. Burant, Lambert, Trumbo and Killen placed fifth at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Meet (1:36.47) and won the Illinois Valley Meet in a season-best time of 1:33.81. The foursome’s performance at the IV Meet helped the Pirates to the team title.
Bureau Valley 1,600 relay
Members: Daniel Trone, Logan Hoffert, Ryan Taylor, Tucker Schoff
Season highlights: The Storm foursome made state history as it won the school’s first boys relay medal. The quartet ran a 3:28.14 to place eighth at the IHSA Class 1A State Meet. BV also won the event at the Don Gooden, Howard-Monier, Rollie Morris and Brockman invitationals and claimed the Three Rivers Athletic Conference crown.