Galva was back in the track and field spotlight Saturday as the school’s year old all-weather track played host to the Class 1A IESA Sectional 14 meet.
Galva has been host to some big-time track and field meets over the years — most notably during the glory days of the Galva Relays, now known as the Dale Collis Invitational.
Galva was back in the track and field spotlight Saturday as the school’s year old all-weather track played host to the Class 1A IESA Sectional 14 meet. The weather cooperated like it rarely has this spring, the meet went off with few hitches, and five Galva Junior High athletes will represent the school at the IESA State meet Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, in East Peoria.
“We got a beautiful day,” said Galva athletic director Kurtis Smyth. “It seemed like the people were very appreciative of the efforts of our volunteers and Athletic Boosters.”
The hosts added a few special touches — a parade of schools prior to the start of the meet, fireworks and a medal stand courtesy of the high school’s ag department and Shane Kaiser.
“I think it was a pretty smooth meet,” Smyth said. “For the most part, everything went well.”
Saturday’s event could be the first of many big track gatherings in Galva.
“I’ll put in for a sectional meet every year with the IESA and see if we can keep getting it,” Smyth said, adding he will also pursue hosting a high school sectional meet.
“We’re looking forward to hosting whatever we can here in Galva,” he added.
Five athletes enjoyed the friendly confines of their home track Saturday and earned trips to the IESA state meet.
Galva’s lone event win on the day came from the foursome of Jennaca Serres, Ava Strom, Ava Anderson and Kendall Rogers in the girls seventh grade 4x100 relay. The team turned in a season-best time of 57.03 seconds to comfortably defeat Lewistown (58.31 seconds) for the win.
“They got faster each meet and their time at sectionals was a personal record,” said Galva Junior High girls track coach Tayler Kuenneth. “I am very proud and excited for these girls.”
Joining the 4x100 relay at the state meet this weekend — Friday and Saturday at EastSide Centre in East Peoria — will be eighth grader Colin Elgin.
Elgin earned a return trip to state — he competed last year in the 4x100 relay and 200-meter dash — in the long jump. Elgin finished fourth in the event, but his leap of 17-7 1/2 surpassed the state qualifying standard of 17-4.
Elgin will jump in the prelims starting at 11 a.m. Friday, and the 4x100 relay runs at 11:05 a.m. Saturday.