Smallwood soars in season debut

STERLING — Phoenix Smallwood got the 2013 indoor track and field season off on a winning note Friday at the Westwood Complex — twice.

The Princeton High School senior won both the long jump and triple jump to lead PHS girls’ efforts. While they were not school records, PHS coach Pat Hodge said Smallwood had an “especially nice season debut and well ahead of where she was a year ago,” and turned in best jumps by a PHS senior with a 17-4 1/2 long jump and a 35-0 1/4 triple jump.

The Tigresses had six place-finishers in all in the Newman Indoor Open, where no team scores were kept.

PHS placed well in the shot put with second-place Colbi Schertz (32-7 1/4), Nicole Holland (32-2) and Taylor Clark (30-7 3/4), all recording personal bests.

PHS placed fourth in the 4x200 with a time of 2:07.3 turned in by Fran Bowman, Ann Sims, Kelsey Moore and Kira Harp.

Hailey Schultz placed fourth in the high jump (4-4) and Sims was fifth in the triple jump (26-9 1/2).

Hodge said nearly all of the PHS returning athletes were ahead of last year’s first meets and “we had some nice performances from our rookies, too. In some cases, we just needed a little more technique work and we could have got several more ribbons.”

Austen Stewart led the PHS boys’ efforts with a first-place jump of 6-4 in the high jump, two inches higher than the field.

PHS won its heat in the 800 relay and placed seventh overall with a time of 1:45.74. Other top efforts came from Zach Bogatitus, eighth in the long jump (17-9) and Jordan Sissell, 10th in the shot put (36-1 1/2).

“It was nice to see where we were after the first few weeks of practice. We have a very young team and they were able to get their first experience of the season,” PHS coach Dan Foes said.

Gold Medal Meet: The Bureau Valley boys ventured to Westwood for Saturday's Gold Medal Meet and came away with several ribbons in hand. Kristian Konneck won the 60 meters (7.48) and placed third in the 200 (24.84).

Seconds went to Kane Eastwood in the 800 (2:13.1) and Logan Hoffert in the 60-meter hurdles (9.15). Other individual place-finishers were Daniel Trone, third in the 400 (54.93), Conor Mooney, fourth in the high jump (5-4), Austin Buckman, fifth in the shot put (38-6) and Ryan Taylor, sixth in the 1600 (5:05.99).

Bureau Valley claimed one second and a pair of fourths in relays. The 4x4 crew of Eastwood, Trone, Hoffert and Konneck finished second in the 4x400 with a time of 3:44.72. In the 4x800, Eastwood, Taylor, Andrew Smith and Logan Hoffert clocked a 9:06.65. In the 4x200, the Storm’s Jeremiah Blackert, Dillon Rhodes, Konneck and Mooney turned in a fourth-place 1:43.7.