Strong 2nd-place showing by PHS girls at Hurni

At their own Dawn Hurni Invitational on April 11, the Princeton girls track & field squad scored multiple athletes in 10 of 14 events. The Tigers’ balanced attack had them finishing a close second place to Section 7AA partner Andover.

Taylor Laabs gained big team points with four first-place efforts at the Hurni Invite on the home track.
Taylor Laabs gained big team points with four first-place efforts at the Hurni Invite on the home track.

Taylor Laabs racked up first places in all four events at the Hurni. She won the 200 dash in 27.8, cleared the long jump in 16-0 and was first in the triple jump at 34-01. Laabs led off the 4×200 relay, teaming with Maddi Palmborg, Katie Bialka and Anna Oakes for a winning time of 1:51.1.

Bialka added wins in the 100 hurdles (16.74) and 300 hurdles (49.8). In those same events, Megan Gourley placed second (17.5) and eighth (56.1). Oakes sprinted to second-place points in both the 400 (1:02.6) and 200 (28.2), and Samantha Swedzinski was second in the 3200 (12:57.5).

More field points came from Jesse Peterson who was fifth in the discus (83-06) and shot put (29-02), and fellow Tiger thrower Monicka Baxter (sixth in discus at 80-08 and seventh in shot at 27-07).

“It was a perfect evening for an early spring meet, and it proved to be a great outing for the Tigers,” said Tiger Coach Tom Ostroot. “We went into this meet putting together our lineup to score multiple athletes in as many events as possible. I told the team I thought we could score around 110 points– they did that and more while battling Andover for the title.”

Contributing depth points for his Tigers were: Ashley Urman, Lydia Arens, Emily Kruschek, Maddy Jung- 2nd in 4×800 relay (10:56) • Hope Humphrey 4th in 100 (13.9) • Arens (5th, 5:48), Swedzinski (6th, 5:55) and Shaelin Lekatz (7th, 6:10) in the 1600 • Gourley, Hailey Anderson, Reilee Schepper, Humphrey 3rd in 4×100 (54.5) • Palmborg 7th in the 400 (1:05.3) • Kruschek (6th, 2:42), Breanna Schultz (7th, 2:44) and Jung (8th, 2:45) in the 800 • Lekatz 8th in the 3200 (13:56) • Megan Moore and Urman tied for 7th in the high jump (4-06) • Ellie House 7th in the discus (76-03).

Dawn Hurni Girls Invite: Andover 167.5, Princeton 154, Big Lake 109.5, Tartan 84, Rockford 79, Becker 70.5, Mille Lacs 31.5, Maranatha Christian 5.


• On April 9, Princeton’s triangular was moved inside to the Monticello fieldhouse where the Tiger boys placed second and the girls were third. The Monticello girls won their half of the event, and the St. Francis boys took their half by a close margin.

Leading runners for the Princeton boys were: Chase Arens (1st in 800), Billy McClay (2nd in 400), Tanner Palmborg (1st in 200), Luke Warren (3rd in 200). In the field events, Palmborg won the triple jump at 40-01, and McClay had the top long jump of 20-0. Tate Walquist (5-04) was 3rd in the high jump, Bailey Carlberg (10-06) was 2nd in the pole vault, and Cole Warren (42-06) went 4th in the shot put.

The Tiger girls saw their 4×200 unit win again, with Bialka posting the low 55 hurdles time (9.66). Schepper placed 5th in the 200 dash (29.8). Laabs continued to place well in the field events, taking 1st in the long jump (16-09) and 2nd in the triple (32-10). Becky Case added a win in the high jump (4-08).