Tiger 4×200 breaks team record at State

 The 4x200 relay on the track after their performance at Hamline University (left to right) Anna Oakes, Maddy Wood, Katie Bialka and Taylor Laabs.  Photo submitted

The 4×200 relay on the track after their performance at Hamline University (left to right) Anna Oakes, Maddy Wood, Katie Bialka and Taylor Laabs. Photo submitted

Princeton had good news come out of the Class AA track and field meet during the Friday, June 7, prelims at Hamline University.

The state-entrant girls 4×200 of Taylor Laabs, Katie Bialka, Maddy Wood and Anna Oakes set a new team record when they placed 14th overall with a combined time of 1:47.33.

They broke the previous record of 1:48.19 set at the 2012 Section 7AA finals by Bialka, Alicia Lipka, Oakes and Wood.

“We went into the state meet with the goal of running our best and breaking the school record. The girls accomplished that goal and capped off a great 2013 season by running the best in Princeton school history,” Tiger coach Tom Ostroot noted.

The Granite Ridge Conference was well represented in the Class A portion of the state track meet. The Milaca girls tied with Warroad as team champions with 42 points, led by sprinter Kaija Crowe (200 champ, fourth in 100). The Foley boys won the A team title with 62 points as Tyler Beehler won the 100 and 200, along with Sam Udermann taking first in the discus.

Katie Bialka takes the handoff from Taylor Laabs to run the second leg of the 4x200 at state on Friday.  Photo by Rick Orndorf, SunThisweek

Katie Bialka takes the handoff from Taylor Laabs to run the second leg of the 4×200 at state on Friday. Photo by Rick Orndorf, SunThisweek

• Section 7AA boys shot put – Kyle Ringey 33rd 35-09; Deven Patten 34th 35-02; Ryan Goor 42nd 31-0 (results were cut off in last week’s issue).

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