There will be no IESA State Track and Field Meet for the second straight year, due to ongoing restraints of the global coronavirus pandemic.
There were sectionals this spring, however, and many local athletes turned in performances that would have been state-qualifying worthy.
Princeton Logan turned in 14 state qualifiers and swept both girl championships in Saturday’s 3A sectional at Bureau Valley. The seventh-grade boys were second, by a narrow 90-88 margin to Morrison.
The seventh-grade girls won the team title, defeating the host Storm 113-88. Sectional champs were Cameron Driscoll in the 100 (13.92) and 400 (1:07.66), Keighley Davis in the 100 hurdles (18.56) and 200 (29.8), Gracie Anderson in the shot put (22-6 1/2) and Anika Hansen in the discus (57-10). The Lady Lions also won the 4x100 relay (59.5) with Driscoll, Davis, Xiomara Cortez and Chloe Ostrokowski.
The eighth-grade girls breezed to the team title over West Carroll 158-4. Jordan VandeVenter won the hurdle (17.75) and high jump (4-1), Ellie Harp swept the shot (28-1) and discus (76-3), Devin Dever won the 800 (2:49.97) and 1600 (6:13), Kelsea Klingenberg won the 100 (13.69). VandeVenter, Dever and Klingenberg teamed up with Nora Schneider to win the 4x100 relay (58.21).
Three Logan boys also won sectional titles — seventh-graders Garrett Gleason in the hurdles (19.61) and Common Green in the long jump (15-2) and eighth-grader Ian Morris in the discus (134-3).
Bureau Valley captured the eighth-grade boys title, edging Riverdale 93-90. Rhiley Pinter won the long jump (15-3 3/4), Drake Michlig won the shot (41-4 1/2) and Cameron Stodghill won the 1600 (5:53.36). The Storm also won the 4x200 relay (1:58.45) on the legs of Michlig, Justin Moon, Pinter and Stodghill with Landon Hulsing as alternate.
Seventh-grade sectional champs for Bureau Valley were Madison Wetzell in the 800 (2:52.18) and 1600 (6:06.92) and Emma Musche in the long jump (11-1 1/4).
At Hall: Ladd Grade School hosted a 1A sectional at Hall High School. Henry swept the eighth-grade champions and won the seventh-grade girls.
Champions from Bureau County were Malden eighth-graders Shawn Burden in the 800 (2:22.97) and Mariska Mount in the discus (69-8 1/2), Neponset eighth-grader Prestin Stabler of Neponset in the high jump (5-4) and 100 hurdles (19.31), Ladd eighth-grader Ryan Bosi in the 200 (26.06) and 100 (12.3).
In relays, Neponset won the eighth-grade boys 4x100 (53.82) and Ladd won the eighth-grade boys won the 4x200 (2:07.04).
Starved Rock Conference Meet
The Starved Rock Conference Meet was also held at Bureau Valley on Monday. Princeton Logan swept the seventh-grade boys and girls championships as well as the eighth-grade girls. Bureau Valley won the eighth-grade boys title.
7th grade boys: 1. Princeton Logan 130, 2. Mendota NB 101, 3. BV 83, 4. Peru 26, 5. (tie) LaSalle 14, Streator NL 14, 7. Spring Valley 3, 8. Ottawa 0.
Note: Driscoll set the Logan seventh-grade girls school record this spring with a time of 1:05.83. Ian Morris broke the eighth-grade boys discus record 144-6 ... The Bureau Valley Elementary Conference will run its meet starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hall High School.
Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR for more than 34 years and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and was awarded as 2021 IPA Best Sports Section and Best Sports Column