The Princeton track & field teams posted two tight second-place finishes when the Big Lake Invitational was run a day late on April 25 due to Thursday’s rain.
The Tiger boys field entries scored well at the meet. In the triple jump, teammates Tanner Palmborg and Billy McClay battled it out at the top, with Palmborg leaping to a 39-10 and McClay right behind at 39-04. In the long jump, McClay took first at 19-01, Palmborg was third at 18-01, and Luke Warren was fourth at 17-09.
Tate Walquist garnered two wins at Big Lake, going 5-04 in the high jump and 11-0 in the pole vault. Cole Warren climbed to 43-10 to win the shot put. Shane Fleury added a second place in the high jump at 5-04, and Bailey Carlberg was fifth in the pole vault at 10-0.
Tim Bialka led the racers by winning the 300 hurdles (46.4) and finishing second in the 110 hurdles (18.8). Palmborg sprinted to a win in the 200 (22.9), with L. Warren placing third (23.9). Chase Arens led in the distance events by placing third in both the 1600 (4:55.8) and the 3200 (10:59.2). Jack Waters added a third place in the 110s (21.2). The Tigers’ top relay on the day was the 4×200 of McClay, L. Warren, Walquist and Palmborg which won by six seconds at 1:35.3.
“Again, we had a great outing despite having some athletes unable to attend because of the rescheduled date. Solid performances all around, and most of our athletes had personal-best performances for the year,” said Tiger Coach Tom Ostroot for both his squads.
• The Tiger girls had two winning relays at Big Lake. Megan Gourley, Anna Oakes, Katie Bialka and Hope Humphrey teamed for a 52.03 time in the 4×100. Distance girls Madison Jung, Emily Kruschek, Lydia Arens and Ashley Urman began the day with a winning time of 11:01 in the 4×800.
Bialka kept rolling up points with a first in the 300 hurdles (50.7) and a second in the 100 hurdles (16.5); Gourley finished third in the 100 hurdles (17.6) and fourth in the 300s (54.9). Hope Humphrey added a win in the 100 dash (13.3), while Oakes won the 400 (1:03.7) and was third in the 200 (27.6). Arens ran a 5:49.7 for second in the 1600. In the 800, Tigers Jung (2:43.8) and Kruschek (2:47.1) were third and fourth.
Jesse Peterson led the field corps by placing second in the discus (80-11) and third in the shot (30-0). Megan Moore and Becky Case tied for second in the high jump at 4-06. In the triple jump it was Reilee Schepper (30-05) and Molly Savage (30-02) placing third and fourth.
• The Tigers will hopefully host their annual Princeton Invitational on May 1. Coming to the town for the event will be Big Lake, Little Falls, Mora, Spectrum, West Lutheran and Zimmerman.
Big Lake Invite– BOYS: Foley 178, Princeton 162, Big Lake 136, Sauk Centre 44, Milaca 24. GIRLS: Big Lake 163, Princeton 156, Milaca 96, Foley 69, Sauk Centre 59.