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Senior Tiger Bryce Hess arches his back over the bar in the pole vault event in Mora held on Thursday, April 4. Hess finished third in the event, recording a height of five feet, eight inches. 

The Princeton Girls Track and Field Team had a strong showing when they traveled to Mora on April 4, finishing second behind Cambridge-Isanti. The boys team finished in fourth place.

The last of the indoor meets for the Tigers was held at Mora’s new FirstLight Wellness Center, which opened just last year. “It was nice to get another indoor competition in before our outdoor meets begin. We went into the meet knowing they might be a little tired as we had worked pretty hard right up to that point, so we were pleased with how our teams competed,” said head coach Tom Ostroot. The girls team scored 65.5 points with several first and second place finishes. The team started the meet out with a win from the 4x800m relay team made up of Tess Jungroth, Ellie Horton, Alexa Pomerleau and Marina Mrocek, coming in at 11:21.98.

Junior Lily Opay and sophomore Elsie Estenson followed that with a second and third finish respectively in the 55m hurdles. Opay finished in 9.96 seconds and Estenson in 10.54. Freshman Kaitlyn Sautter brought home a second place finish for the Tigers in the 55m dash in 7.97 seconds. Junior Lexi Duscher crossed the finish line first in two of her events. The first came when she won the 1600m race with a time of 5:46.89 and then added to the Tiger team totals with a first place finish in the 1000m run, coming in at 3.29.86. Jungroth finished just behind Duscher with a time of 3:31.61.

On the field, the girls had several first and second place placers as well. Senior Abbie Peterson took first in the shot put, with a throw of 34.04. Junior Kassie Bastian took second in the high jump with a 4’ 10” jump, and junior Lauryn Kittock added points to the team totals, taking second place in the pole vault at 8’ 6.”

Other top-five finishers on the girls side were: junior Kadyn Rothschadl, 400m dash, third place; Pomerleau, 800m run, second place and freshman Brooke Maida, fifth place; senior Izzy Lukenbill, triple jump, third place; sophomore Tyah Rothschadl, long jump, fifth place; 4x400m relay of Sautter, Kadyn Rothschadl, Kittock, and Horton, second place; and the 4x200 m relay team of Bastian, Lauren Bjurman, Lukenbill and Kate Gross, third place.

Coach Ostroot said that “with our young boys team, we know we are going to have to fight for points, and early signs show that the distance events could be our stronger spot this season as seven of our 11 total points came from the distance races.”

The distance crew is lead by junior Ryan Young who was the highest finisher on the boys side, earning second in a close 1600m race. Young ran with Hinckley-Finlayson’s Cedric LaFave the entire race, and the final stretch came down to a photo finish with Young edging out LaFave by .04 seconds to capture the second spot.

Senior Bryce Hess was the top finisher on the field side for the boys, placing third in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet 8 inches.

Other top five-finishers were: Xavier Swanson, 800m run, fifth place; and the 4x800m relay team of Swanson, Adam Young, Tony McNiff and Ryan Young, third place.

The team hosted its first outdoor meet of the season on April 9 [after print]. The boys will travel to Cambridge for a boys relay meet on April 11, and Princeton will host the Dawn Hurni Invitational on April 12.

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