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Princeton’s Tony McNiff races in a meet earlier this season. McNiff was able to place second in the boys’ 1600-meter race on May 18 in the Princeton True Team Quad.  

Coming into the May 18 True Team Meet, there was a different feel than years past.

“Normally for the True Team meet you have an atmosphere where coaches, athletes, and fans are keeping tabs on the team scores throughout the meet, knowing that each better place means more team points, which helps to push the athletes a little further,” said Milaca Co-Head Coach Jeremy Mikla.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the True Team Meet, turned into a True Team Quad, which was hosted by Princeton.

In the four team meet, the Tigers and Wolves along Becker and Zimmerman all competed hard despite the different circumstances around the event.

Coming out on top for the meet were the Princeton boys and the Becker girls as the two team excelled in the events held on the Chuck Johnson Track. The Tiger girls finished second place in the meet while Milaca placed fourth for both boys and girls.

Princeton, coming back with a majority of its athletes after many were sidelined due to health and safety protocols, was pleased with the effort they saw on the track. “It was great to have most of the team back so we could establish a line-up and have entries in each event. The week plus off did have us a little rusty,” said Princeton Head Coach Tom Ostroot.

Headlining for the Princeton team in the True Team Quad was Donovan Brown and Kaitlyn Sautter as both had standout performances in the meet.

Brown was able to win all three events he participated in, being the 100-meter dash, the 200, the long jump and helping the 4X100 a top finish. Brown ran an 11.58 in the 100, a 24.15 and jumped to a 19-10.25 in his individual events.

Sautter was able to win the long jump with a 15-11.75, place fourth in the 100 at 13.27 and help the 4x100 relay to a second place finish.

For Milaca, the Wolves saw Jack Olson once again win the shot put, tossing a 42-05.5 while Reina Mikla had a handful of strong performances.

Mikla was able to help the 4X400 place first while also coming in second in pole vault with an 8-00.00.

Kayla Gave of Milaca was also strong on the track, placing first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.37.

Virtual Section 5AA Meet

After the completion of the meets last week for the teams in Section 5AA compared results to see how teams matched up against each other.

“The virtual Section 5AA True Team meet was where they combined all the results from the smaller meets that the various teams participated in last week to score a virtual section 5AA true team meet,” explained Ostroot.

The Princeton boys saw a third place finish while the girls placed fifth.

For Milaca, the boys placed eighth, with the girls placing fourth.

Worth noting for Ostroot was the placement of Sautter’s long jump and the Tigers boys’ 4x800. “Looking at the virtual section meet it is notable that our boys 4x800 team placed 1st overall and Kaitlyn Sautter placed first overall in the Long Jump,” he said.

Up Next

Now both teams have their sights set on the end of the season. Milaca starts with the Granite Ridge Conference Meet, being held on May 25, hosted by Wolves.

For Princeton, they have their one final meet in Chisago Lakes on May 25, before the Mississippi 8 Conference Championships on June 2 in North Branch.

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