Princeton’s John Harvey Field was buzzing on Saturday, June 2 with over 800 athletes from 16 schools competing in the Section 7AA Finals for a berth to the Minnesota State High School Track and Field Championships at Hamline University on June 8 and 9.
The Princeton girls track team came away with two school records at this meet. Katie Bialka set a school record of 15.85 in the 100 hurdles beating the old record set in 1985 by Renee Zeroth. Katie also took part in setting the second record of the day in the 4×200 relay which also included teammates Alicia Lipka, Anna Oakes, and Maddy Wood. The new school record was set at 1:48.19 breaking their own record of 1:50.00 set earlier this season by almost two seconds!!
The big story of the day was Caitlin Reeves, who advanced to the State Championship by placing second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:22.85.
“She ran a great race finishing only three-tenths of a second behind Grand Rapids’ Megan Allen,” Coach Tom Ostroot said. “Caitlin also finished third in the 1600, just missing a second trip to state.”
Other notable finishes included a fourth place finish by Jadyn Bonasera in discus, fifth place finishes by Maddy Wood in the 400 meter dash and Katie Bialka in the 300 hurdles and seventh place finishes by Anna Oakes in the 400 meter dash and Jadyn Bonasera in the shot put.
Princeton also had a few athletes finish in the top ten including Amanda Groebner in the pole vault, Taylor Laabs, Mariah Albrecht, Samantha Janssen and McKayla Aubrey placing 10th in the 4×100 relay and the 4×800 team of Kaitlin Kittock, Emily Kruschek, Breanna Schultz and Kristina Stenger also placing 10th.
For the boys, Chase Lindenfelser was the only placer with an impressive sixth place finish in the 300 hurdles.
“Placing in the strong Section 7AA field proved to be a difficult task for our boys, yet, as with all this season, we competed hard and found a way to score,” Ostroot said.
Other notables included Chase Arens, who placed 11th in the 3200 meter run and Travis Pope, who placed 13th in the pole vault.
Ostroot was very pleased with the season
“It was a fun, memory filled 2012 season,” Ostroot said.
But the season isn’t quite over yet.
“We look forward to watching Caitlin Reeves battle for a spot in the 800 finals at state and we are equally optimistic for a great 2013 season next spring,” Ostroot said.
The Section 7AA Track and Field Championship Preliminary was held at Princeton High School on May 30 2012. Andover, Forest Lake and Elk River came away with the most athletes qualifying on both the girls and the boys side for the section.
For the Princeton girls team it was – another meet, another record broken!
Caitlin Reeves broke her own record of 2:23.20 set in 2011 in the Girls 800 Meter Run finishing first with a new record time of 2:22.06.
Other Princeton qualifiers were Madelyn Wood (1:02.12) and Anna Oakes (1:01.60) in the Girls 400 Meter Dash, Chase Lindenfelser (42.20) in the Boys 300 Meter Hurdles, Jadyn Bonasera (119-01) in the girls discus and Katie Bialka who finished first in the Girls 300 Meter Hurdles (46.50) and also qualified in the Girls 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 16.47.
Final Girls Team Rankings (4 Events Scored):
1 Andover 26, 2 Elk River 24, 3 Forest Lake 18, 4 Zimmerman 16, 5 Grand Rapids 14, 5 Cambridge Isanti 14, 7 St Francis 13, 8 Big Lake 10, 9 Princeton 5, 9 Duluth East 5, 9 Chisago Lakes Area 5, 9 North Branch 5, 13 Hermantown 1
Final Boys Team Rankings 1 Andover 49, 2 Big Lake 17, 3 Chisago Lakes Area 16, 3 Forest Lake 16, 5 Elk River 12, 6 Zimmerman 9, 7 Hermantown 8, 7 Cambridge Isanti 8, 9 North Branch 6, 10 Grand Rapids 5, 11 Hibbing 4, 12 St Francis 3, 13 Duluth East 2, 14 Cloquet 1