The Princeton Track and Field Team battled delays, rain and wind during the Mississippi 8 Conference meet May 24 in Princeton.
The rain caused the boys pole vault to be delayed until the following day, where athletes competed in that event only on May 25.
Overall, the girls team took fourth place in the conference, while the boys placed 10th.
“Considering the weather, the meet went quite well,” said Coach Tom Ostroot. “This was not the conditions for athletes to perform their best, yet a majority of our athletes did just that, and we were very happy with our teams’ performances.”
The Mississippi 8 conference meet determines the All Conference and All Conference Honorable Mention awards for the season based on each event.
For individual events, first through fourth place finishers earn All Conference, and fifth through eighth place finishers earn
All Conference Honorable Mention. The top two relay teams earn All Conference and the third -and fourth-place finishers, All Conference Honorable Mention.
The girls had a strong meet performance, with six athletes earning All Conference and nine earning Honorable Mentions.
Freshman Kaitlyn Sautter lead the meet off with the 100M dash, not only placing second in the conference but breaking a school record, coming in at 12.75 seconds.
The previous record of 12.8 seconds, was held by two athletes - Wanda Zabel, who has been on the record board since 1980, and Katie Trunk who has held the record since 2002.
Sautter went on to earn All Conference Honorable Mention in the long jump, placing 5th with a leap of 16’ 5 ½” and in the 200m dash, placing sixth with a time of 26.74 seconds.
She also earned an Honorable Mention award as part of the 4x100 relay team made up of Sautter, Kadyn and Tyah Rothschadl, and Keisha Aubrey. The team placed 3rd with a time of 51.65 seconds.
Junior Lexi Duscher placed second in the conference in the 1600M run with a time of 5:19.85, earning her an All Conference Award. She also earned All Conference Honorable Mention in the 3200M run where she placed sixth.
Senior Lily Opay earned All Conference in the 100m hurdles, placing fourth with a time of 17.34 seconds and Honorable Mention in the 300m hurdles, finishing in eighth place.
In the field events, junior Kassie Bastian placed third in the high jump for an All Conference Award, jumping 5 feet, while senior Izzy Lukenbill placed 3rd in the triple jump, with a leap of 33’ 5 ¼”.
Senior Abbie Peterson earned All Conference in the discus, placing fourth with a throw of 117’ 6” and All Conference in shot put, placing seventh.
Other All Conference Honorable Mentions were:
Tess Jungroth: 800mMrun - seventh place
Elie Estenson: 100m hurdles - eighth place
Coach Ostroot said the girls had an excellent performance and that the fourth-place finish in the conference shows the strength of the team.
“We had more All Conference and Honorable Mention athletes than last year, and now we have our sights set on the Section 7AA meet where we are hoping to get many placers and advance some of our athletes to the State meet,” he said.
Ostroot said they knew points would be hard to come by for the boys team in the high-powered conference of the Mississippi 8, and that held true.
“The big highlight was the double All Conference performance by Ryan Young in the 1600M and 3200M,” he added.
Young placed fourth in the 1600M run with a personal best time of 4:34.23 and took second place in the 3200M with another personal best, coming in at 10:00.55, improving his time by 18 seconds.
“We were happy with how many of our boys performed their season bests and are excited to see if times will drop at the section 7AA meet as we finish our taper this coming week,” Ostroot said.
The Princeton Track and Field Team took part in the 7AA Section meet on Wednesday, May 29, and will next compete Saturday, June 1 in Chisago Lakes.