For the second time in two weeks, a Princeton athlete accepted a scholarship offer from Concordia University in St. Paul when senior Katie Bialka signed on with the Golden Bears women’s track and field team at a Feb. 19 ceremony in the PHS Media Center.
Bialka, the daughter of Jeff an Kari Bialka, joins classmate Cole Warren who will play football at Division II Concordia U. She has been a strong points producer for Tiger girls track the past springs. Last year, she led off the State-entrant 4×200 relay for the Tigers. She was also on the 4×100 relay which placed third at sections, and Bialka took sixth in the Section 7AA 300-meter hurdles.
“Katie’s epitomized what high school should be about. She’s tried some things, excelled at things, had fun with things, and just got after her interests,” began Dist. 477 activities director Darin Laabs at the ceremony. “Along with her track career, she has been a swimmer and a diver. Her senior year she came out for soccer in the fall. She has managed for wrestling. She’s funny, she’s sparky, competitive and positive.”
“I had Katie as a student in my first grade classroom, so it’s been kind of neat to see her grow up and become the athlete and person she is now,” said Tiger track coach Tom Ostroot. “Her confidence level has grown from the middle school and on, and that’s really carried her over the last few years.”
Ostroot listed the five Tiger girls track records Bialka has her name on with one more season to go: the 100 and 300 hurdles, along with running on the program’s fastest 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays.
Bialka plans to study physical therapy at Concordia, and she will be initially looked at running in the hurdles and possibly relays for Coach Sam Johnson’s track squad.
“I am really anxious for my senior track season here– and hoping it’s not such a long winter running into spring like last year,” said Bialka. Looking ahead, she added, “I visited Concordia one time, and I felt like I was at home. I really like the dorms there, and I think I will like the metro life. There’s a Wal-Mart right next to the campus for easy shopping!”