Solid performances in the indoor season have created strong promise for the Princeton girls track and field squad when it steps outside.
Senior Zoe Mead has already ran two of the best 800 in school history, including a 1:01.51 that shattered a 30-year-old school indoor record.
PHS coach Pat Hodge said he also three juniors who were in striking distance of qualifying for State based on their best performances last season. Colbi Schertz is already three feet ahead of where she was in the shot put while Taylor Clark (weights) and Sierra Storm (pole vault) continue making strides in their events.
Other returning winners include senior Fran Bowman (sprints, relays) and juniors Renee Skaggs (sprints, relays), Ann Sims (relays, jumps) and sophomores Kira Harp (spring, relays, jumps) and Tieg Sisler (high jump, hurdles). Sophomore Elise Blocki also returns after sustaining an early-season knee injury while jumping last season.
The varsity squad includes junior Ashley Rivera (1600) and three newcomers in seniors Chloe Baron (pole vault) and Courtney Webb (hurdles, sprints) and junior Becca Frank (sprints, long jump).
The freshman class of eight strong provides the program a boost. Freshmen athletes are Kimmy Duoing (sprints, relays), Kim Glenn (sprints, hurdles, high jump), Michaela Mall (sprints, relays, jumps), Rebecca Prushinski (high jump, sprints), Casey Schertz (relays), Kaley Vaccaro (weights, jumps), Kendal Way (relays, jumps) and Taylor Weatherington (sprints, jumps).
“Our numbers are again not quite what we’d like, but we have some quality,” Hodge said. “Our main need in sheer numbers is in the distance area with only Zoe having any experience there whatsoever, and we’re not going to ask her to do it all on a given day. Hopefully, we can develop a little something more there as the season continues.
“All in all, we should be fairly competitive if we’re healthy and look forward to being a part of a track conference that looks to be very strong this year with many traditionally strong programs both new to the Three Rivers and among the original schools.”
Senior trio leads PHS boys
While the future is promising with a cast of 18 F/S members, a core of three fourth-year seniors will lead the Princeton boys track team this spring — Caleb Strom (sprints, jumps), Zach Andersen (distance) and Jordan Sissel (weights).
“We have a great group of seniors. These three guys have been valuable members for four years now and are proven leaders,” PHS coach Dan Foes said.
Another pair of seniors, Alex Biggs (multiple events) and Matt Gibson (weights) return for their second seasons.
Other mainstays for the Tigers are junior Drew Pranka (hurdles, sprints, PV) and sophomores Kai Tomaszewski (400, sprints), Luke Marselle (jumps, sprints), Lenny Mead (hurdles, sprints, 400) and Cody Workman (distance).
Foes said the sophomore and junior classes added both some much need depth and have a lot of high quality individuals.Promising freshmen who have already made an impact to the varsity indoors include Blake Janssen (sprints, hurdles), Lucus Sisler (high jump, sprints) and Brent Loftus (jumps, sprints/distance).
Other squad members include juniors Trevor Bickett, Deshawn Davis, Miles Rose, Michael Warren and Tyler Warren, sophomores Dominic Biggs, Brock Griffin, Griffin Orr, Austin Rossler, Seth Torchia, Alec Warren and Denver Wyattand freshmen Austin Henderliter, Austin Hilmes and Colton Youngren
“This year’s group is a hardworking team. The season certainly looks very promising.” Foe said.
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