Tiger track records fall at M-8 Finals

Senior Billy McClay earned All-Conference in the 4x200 and long jump at the Mississippi 8 finals, adding an Honorable Mention award in the triple jump.

Senior Billy McClay earned All-Conference in the 4×200 and long jump at the Mississippi 8 finals, adding an Honorable Mention award in the triple jump.

Princeton had high-level performances across many events when the Mississippi 8 track & field championships were hosted in Zimmerman May 20. The Tiger girls finished fifth and the boys were seventh at the meet where St. Michael-Albertville swept the two team titles.

The Tiger girls 4×100 relay of Taylor Laabs, Anna Oakes, Katie Bialka and Hope Humphrey placed second at 50.04, breaking their record set at the team’s last meet of 51.14.

“This time is one of the top eight fastest in the state this season and puts our girls in the No. 1 seed spot going into this week’s Section 7AA meet (May 28  and May 31 at Zimmerman),” commented Tiger Coach Tom Ostroot.

Bialka added an All-Conference award by taking second in the 100 Hurdles at 16.2. More Tiger girls earning All-M8 at the meet were Becky Case placing second in the high jump (4-08), Anna Oakes breaking her school record by placing fourth in the 400 (1:00.9) and taking fourth in the 200 (26.9). Taylor Laabs placed fourth for AC in the long jump (16-0) and added a fifth-place jump of 35-0 in the triple jump for Honorable Mention.

Working for more Honorable Mention status for the Tiger girls were Humphrey placing fifth in the 100 (13.3) and sixth in the 200 (27.3), Bialka placing sixth in the 300 hurdles (48.5), and Samantha Swedzinski placing sixth in the 3200 (12:38.2).

 

Tigers junior Anna Oakes (left, pictured at the earlier Princeton Invite) broke her team record in the 400 with a new time of 1:00.0 at the conference finals.

Tigers junior Anna Oakes (left, pictured at the earlier Princeton Invite) broke her team record in the 400 with a new time of 1:00.0 at the conference finals.

• Tanner Palmborg tied the PHS boys record of 22.56 in the 200-meter dash set by Mark Blaske in 1970 when he placed third for All-Conference in that event at the conference championships. Palmborg went All-M8 in the triple jump when he 41-06.5 for second place.

Palmborg also anchored the Tiger boys 4×200 relay with Billy McClay, Tate Walquist and Luke Warren which finished second for AC at 1:32.8. McClay also was All-M8 in the long jump by placing fourth at 20-0, and he was Honorable Mention in the triple jump (fifth, 41-0).

Warren was Honorable Mention in the long jump with a 19-06 leap. Cole Warren added an Honorable Mention toss of 44-10 in the shot put (fifth place), and Walquist was HM in the pole vault by clearing 12-0 (fifth place).

Mississippi 8 Track & Field FINAL: Boys) St. Michael-Alb. 134, Monticello 126, St. Francis 86, Buffalo 82, North Branch 68.5, Cambridge-Isanti 53.5, Princeton 47, Rogers 46.5, Chisago Lakes 39.5, Big Lake 19.

  Girls) St. Michael-Alb. 196.5, St. Francis 86, North Branch 86, Monticello 85, Princeton 59, Rogers 53, Chisago Lakes 45.5, Cambridge-Isanti 42.5, Buffalo 31.5, Big Lake 27.

Section 7AA Opening Round
The first round of the Section 7AA Finals was held May 28 at Zimmerman, with Day 2 set for Saturday, May 31 back at Zimmerman (11 a.m. start).  Taylor Laabs was the first Tiger to qualify for State when she placed 2nd in the long jump at 16-07. Billy McClay just missed a State berth when he took 3rd in the triple jump.  Katie Bialka was 2nd in the 300m hurdles and Anna Oakes was 4th in the 400 for the Tiger girls, with both returning to the track for Saturday’s section finals along with more PHS entries.
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