It may have been a bit cool out, but the Tiger track & field members were glad to get in a home meet this wet spring when the annual Princeton Invitational was hosted May 1. The Tiger girls finished second to Big Lake, and the PHS boys finished fourth behind meet winner Little Falls.
The Tiger girls 4×100 relay of Taylor Laabs, Anna Oakes, Katie Bialka and Hope Humphrey set a new Princeton Invitational record of 51.78, breaking Zimmerman’s old record from 2010 of 51.98. Another big highlight came from the PHS boys 4×200 relay of Billy McClay, Luke Warren, Tate Walquist and Tanner Palmborg which worked for an impressive win in 1:36.1.
Bialka continued to stack up points by winning the 100 hurdles (16.9) and placing 2nd in the 300 hurdles (49.7). Oakes took first in the 400 (1:04.1) and was third in the 200 (28.4). Humphrey won the 100 dash (13.8), and Laabs added runner-up points in the long jump (15-05) and triple jump (33-05).
More Tiger girls highlights from the invite: Jesse Peterson third (29-0) and Monicka Baxter fourth (28-09) in the shot put, with Peterson going fifth in the discus (81-08); Becky Case fifth in the high jump (4-08); Samantha Swedzinski fourth in the 3200 (12:48); and Megan Gourley fourth (18.6) and Larkin Walter fifth (18.7) in the 100 hurdles.
McClay propelled himself to wins in the long jump (20-01) and triple jump (39-10), adding a third place in the 400 (55.1). Palmborg also supplied more nice points with a win in the 100 (11.6) and a third in the triple jump (39-03). Walquist (11-0) and Bailey Carlberg (10-06) finished second and third in the pole vault. Chase Arens also took third in the 3200 (10:51).
Princeton Invite: GIRLS: Big Lake 145.5, Princeton 140, Mora 121.5, Little Falls 102, Zimmerman 81.5, Spectrum 72, West Lutheran 35.5. BOYS: Little Falls 167, Zimmerman 159, Mora 124, Princeton 111.5, Big Lake 77.5, Spectrum 37, West Lutheran 17.