The Princeton track & field team celebrated a day of firsts when it hosted its first outdoor meet of the season, a triangular with Big Lake and North Branch on April 9.
Girls track & field
The girls track and field team not only took first place at the meet, topping both Big Lake and North Branch with a team score of 125, but also took first place in a whopping 12 events and placed overall in 16 of the 18 events.
Head coach Tom Ostroot said, “It was a great first outdoor meet. I liked this as a first meet because we competed against a couple of Mississippi 8 schools roughly the same size as us, so it is a good benchmark to give us a good idea where we are at the start of the season.”
Freshman Kaitlyn Sautter dominated at the meet, taking first place in each of her four events. She began by crossing the finish line in 13.97 seconds in the 100m dash and then did so again a bit later in the 200m dash, finishing in 28.39 seconds. She also took part in the winning 4x100m relay team of Kadyn and Tyah Rothschadl and Lily Opay, with a time of 53.90 seconds.
But she didn’t stop there, crossing the track and heading over to the field events where she tried the long jump for the first time. She came out of that event in first place as well with a jump of 15’ 8 ¼”. The Tigers commanded the long jump event, taking home the first four spots with Sautter in first, senior Izzy Lukenbill in second with a leap of 14’ 6 ¾”, Tyah Rothschadl in third, jumping 14’ 6”, and Ava Opay coming in fourth at 14’ 5 ¼”.
Sautter said she was nervous to try the long jump since it was something she had never done before, but that she really enjoyed it, “and I hope to just keep getting better and better.” She added, “I was super happy with my performance, and it was just nice to finally get outside.”
The first place finishes kept coming for the girls track team. Junior Lexi Duscher took first place in both of her events, the 1600m run and the 3200m run. She finished the 1600m with a time of 5:44.93 and the 3200m run in 12:29.46.
Junior Lily Opay joined the first placers, finishing first in her two events as well, taking first in the 100m hurdles in 18.46 seconds and placing first with Sautter and the Rothschadl sisters in the 4x100m relay.
Freshman Tess Jungroth kept the first place finishes coming, starting off the meet in first place as a member of the 4x800m relay team of Jungroth, Ellie Horton, Alexa Pomerleau and Brooke Maida, coming in at 11:14.41. She then went on to take first in the 800m run with a time of 2:41.90. She ended the meet on the first place 4x400m relay team with the Rothschadl sisters and Horton.
On the field, the girls continued to take the top spots with junior Kassie Bastian placing first in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet, and Lukenbill taking first in the triple jump with a leap of 31’ 3 ¼”.
Other finishers in the top three were: Keisha Aubrey, 100m dash, 3rd place; Ellie Horton, 400m dash, second place and Kadyn Rothschadl, third place; Alexa Pomerleau, 800m run, third place; Lauryn Kittock, pole vault, second place; Emma Patten, girls discus, second place; and Abbie Peterson, shot put, second place.
Boys track & field
Coach Ostroot said he was very happy with the boys results as they also placed multiple athletes in five events. Junior Ryan Young took the top spot in the 1600m run at 5:05.41, with two other Tiger runners scoring for the boys team in the same race. Freshman Jacob Downey took the fourth spot at 5:22.83 and sophomore Tony McNiff came in at fifth with 5:31.48.
The runners put points on the board for the boys team with several second place finishers as well. The first came in the 100m dash when junior Colton Malecha came in second in 12.65 seconds. Later, eighth- grader Adam Young took 2nd place in the 3200m run with a time of 11:28.55.
On the field, the Tigers had several second place finishers. Senior Bryce Hess placed first on the high jump at 5’6”. Sophomore Ethan Monroe took second place in the pole vault at 9’, and junior Adam Tarvestad took second in the triple jump with a leap of 38’ 6 ¾”.
“We are seeing some nice improvements and learning some things we need to work on as the outdoor season progresses,” said Ostroot.
The Tigers will compete on April 18 when they travel to Cambridge to compete in the 10-team Varsity Invitational.