It was a great day for the Hall boys track and field team Thursday in the IHSA State Meet preliminaries in Charleston.
Junior Marshall Walk qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash while also anchoring the 400-meter and 800-meter relays to finals berths.
The Red Devils will compete in the finals on Saturday.
“To make finals in three events feels amazing,” Walk said.
Walk blazed down the track in 11.06 seconds to place third in his heat.
“I’m just glad I made finals,” Walk said. “I know I have time to focus on what I need to do differently in order to place high where I would like to be.”
Walk ran with Steven Brust, Anthony Buchanan and Devin Soldati in both relays.
The Red Devils ran a 42.89 in the 400 relay and a 1:30.18 in the 800 relay. Both times are school records and both times were the best recorded in Thursday’s preliminaries.
“All the hard work the relays have done in preparation has paid off with us running our PRs (personal records) in both the 4-by-1 and4-by-2 while those times also have us ranked first in each,” Walk said. “We had very good handoffs in both relays and Steven had very good block starts to get us the lead. Everything kind of fell into place today and went exactly how we had hoped.”
Walk also ran a 23.31 in the 200 but did not qualify for finals. Brust narrowly missed out on a finals berth in the 100 as he ran an 11.16.
Soldati came up just short in two events as he leapt 40 feet, ¼ inch in the triple jump while running a 52.05 in the 400.
Bureau Valley senior Kale Barnett competed in two events but did not advance. He cleared 12-6 in the pole vault and leapt 18-9 ¾ in the long jump.
Teammate Joe Green tossed the shot put 47-10 ¾ and did not advance.
St. Bede had three competitors who all had their season ended Thursday.
Austin Torri ran an 11.44 in the 100, Zach Roebcuk ran a 16.31 in the 110 hurdles and Duncan Lawler did not record a height in the high jump.
Putnam County’s Kaleb Wright threw the discus 135-10.
The Fieldcrest foursome of Ryan Gochanour, Christian Skaggs, Andrew Gochanourand Andy Wiesenhofer ran an 8:39.92 in the 3,200 relay but did not move on.
Amboy-LaMoille’s Austin Norman ran a 17.3 in the 110 hurdles, while teammate Thomas Stamberger ran a 2:00.54 but did not qualify for finals.
Newman 5, Princeton 3
Kendra Cain went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI on Thursday as the Tigresses fell short in a Class 2A Orion Sectional semifinal.
Katie Bauer also had a pair of hits for PHS.
Katie Bates took the loss in the circle for the Tigresses, who gave up all five runs in the sixth and seventh innings.