2018 Results: Girls fifth in M8, seventh in section 7AA: Boys seventh in M8, ninth in section 7AA.
With more numbers, the Princeton cross country teams aim to keep progressing as a program. Head coach Tom Ostroot is happy with the strides his program continues to make from year to year and wants to keep that growth going.
“I want our teams to pick up where we left off last year. It was probably one of the best years we had in history of the program as we had two girls (Lexi Duscher and Julia Daubners) at state and one boy (Ryan Young).” said Ostroot.
All three of the state participants will be returning to the team again this year.
As a goal for the team, Ostroot wants to keep the number of athletes participating with the team trending up. “We want to get kids out running, enjoy the sport and become better human beings. We have better numbers this year than we have had in years past, plus we know we have had a lot of kids getting out and running during the summer, so I am looking for a strong season for a lot of our runners.”
The Princeton Boys were able to finish seventh at the conference meet and ninth in the sections meet but return their leading runner, Ryan Young, from last year’s team.
Young was able to make a trip to state last year and wants to repeat this season with the intent of improving his performance from last season.
“These last couple season I have been coming off of injuries but this year I was able to finally put in solid summer miles,” explained Young. “A goal for this season would be to make some noise in the state tournament. Last year I wasn’t as experienced and didn’t run my best race, but this year I want to do well and represent Princeton.”
The Tigers boys will also be bringing back Adam Young and Jacob Luark, who were the second and third runners for the team last year.
On the girls’ side of the team, the progress is just as noticeable as the boys.
Lexi Duscher wants the team to take advantage of the numbers they have and perform well in the conference meet.
“We have a lot more girls and new faces on the team, and I think we would be able to place in the top three at conference,” said Duscher.
With Duscher and Daubers both returning, Princeton hopes to be able to improve on its fifth-place finish in the conference meet and seventh-place finish in sections.
Princeton’s season begin on Aug. 29th at Fairway Shores in Zimmerman as Princeton plays host for the meet.