It was another cold spring day on the PHS track May 2, but the Tiger squads were hot as they swept the titles at their own Princeton Invite. The Tiger girls held off close challenges from Big Lake and Zimmerman, while the boys got past runner-up Big Lake by 23 points.
Jadyn Bonasera reset her school record in the discus with a 131-1.5 toss for first-place points (see Mother’s Day feature on Page 1). Katie Bialka won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and she joined Taylor Laabs, Maddy Wood and Anna Oakes on the 4×200 relay which won by six seconds. Oakes sprinted to victories in the 200 and 400 dashes.
“Once again team depth and balance was the key for the girls’ win,” commented Tiger Coach Tom Ostroot. “We won events and placed multiple athletes in seven events. One thing we tell the team is that it is the ‘nickel and dime points’ that win meets (fifth- to eighth-place points). We won the meet by 8.5 points and scored 22.5 points getting those nickel and dime points.”
Ostroot added, the 200 and 400 events racked up 38.5 points alone. Wood was third in both the 200 and 400 sprints, with Laabs adding a fifth in the 200 and Hailey Anderson taking seventh in the 400. In distance events, Madison Jung was eighth in the 800, Emily Kruschek was eighth in the 1600, and Samantha Swedzinski was seventh in the 3200.
More highlights from the Tiger field events: Bonasera second in the shot put; Laabs second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump; Megan Moore and Ashley Urman going fourth-fifth in the high jump; Salesse Tongen taking sixth in the pole vault; and Molly Savage placing sixth in the triple.
Tiger boys highlights
The Princeton boys earned a hard-working win on the home track. A big highlight was Bailey Carlberg, Brian Kunz and Tate Walquist, all clearing over 10-feet to sweep the top three spots in the pole vault. Tanner Palmborg sprinted to wins in the 100 and 200. The Tigers’ 4×200 relay of Chase Lindenfelser, Jordan Kittock, Andrew Albrecht and Kunz also posted a first place.
“Our boys team showed its depth last night, surprising the other teams by winning. Just like for the girls, the boys’ team depth and balance are the key. We won four events and placed multiple athletes in nine events. Our relays have become solid point scorers for us,” Ostroot noted.
Lindenfelser kept on his good hurdling pace by taking third in the 110 and second in the 300 events. Kunz, Nicholas Johnson and Nate Hoffer added depth points in the 400. The distance charge was led by Chase Arens and Ryan Yonak-Cline, going second-third in the 3200. Nick Langenfeld, Yonak-Cline, Michael Huebsch and Arens teamed for a third place in the 4×800. Adding a third place in the 4×100 were Cole Warren, Albrecht, Kittock and Walquist.
Matt Wendorff continued his strong field showing for the Tigers by placing second in the shot put, third in the discus and fourth in the high jump. Palmborg added a third-place distance in the triple jump. Warren was sixth and Jaron Mills eighth in the long jump.
Girls– Princeton 145.5, Big Lake 137, Zimmerman 133, Mora 87.5, Spectrum 61, Rockford 53, New Life 24, Little Falls 16, West Lutheran 12, Maranatha Christian 8.
Boys– Princeton 147, Big Lake 123, Zimmerman 123, Mora 96, New Life 82, Rockford 48, Spectrum 39, West Lutheran 32, Little Falls 11.