Two members of the Princeton Boys Track Team and 11 members of the Girls Track Team traveled to Mankato on March 30 for the Maverick Varsity Showcase Track Meet, hosted by Minnesota State University. In order to compete in the meet, athletes were required to meet qualifying standards.
Coach Tom Ostroot said that since the athletes had to meet a standard in order to compete in the meet, “the group we brought down are those who we will be looking to be top competitors for our teams this season.” He said the athletes did not disappoint as the majority of the performances were season bests.
On the girls side, four athletes made the finals in their field events. Junior Kassie Bastian was one of the top finishers for the team, placing fourth overall in the high jump, recording a jump of five feet. Senior Abbie Peterson advanced to the finals in the shot put and placed ninth overall with a throw of 34 feet, 2.5 inches.
Two athletes also made the finals on the track as well. Freshman Kaitlyn Sautter made the finals in the 60m dash, placing 12th overall with a time of 8.35 seconds, and Junior Lily Opay did so in the 60m hurdles, placing 15th overall with a time of 10.73 seconds.
Other finishers included: Junior Lexi Duscher, 1600m run, 11th at 5:36.66; Freshman Ellie Horton, 400m dash, 13th at 1:05.97; Freshman Tess Jungroth, 800m run, 15th at 2:36.10; Freshman Kate Gross, high jump, 23rd at 4 feet 8 inches; Junior Lauren Kittock, pole vault, 13th at 8 feet 6 inches, and the 4x200m relay team made up of Sautter, Opay, and Kadyn and Tyah Rothschadl placed 15th at 2:36.10.
Only two athletes represented Princeton at the meet on the boys side. Junior Adam Tarvestad qualified for both the triple jump and the 200m dash. He placed 18th in the triple jump at 37 feet, 7 ¾ inches. In the 200m dash, he dropped a half second from his time, coming in 21st at 24.47 seconds, which was “quite impressive in a short sprint,” said Ostroot.
Ryan Young was the other Princeton male competitor, who qualified for the 1600m run. He placed 22nd, running a 4:50.40 mile, a season best for the junior.
“In this meet our athletes competed against some of the best athletes in the state and got that high level competition experience that will help them feel more comfortable when they get into similar situations this season,” said Ostroot. “We were very pleased across the board with their performances.”
The Tigers will host their first home meet, a triangular with North Branch and Big Lake, on Tuesday, April 9 beginning at 4 pm.