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Pranka, PHS second at Mendota

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:23 p.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy Kip Cheek/Mendota Reporter)
St. Bede’s Michael Slingsby had a winning toss of 47-11 in the shot put Saturday.

MENDOTA — Drew Pranka and the Princeton Tigers track and field team had a day to remember in Saturday’s Don Gooden Invitational Track Meet

Pranka won two events and placed second in two others to lead the Tigers to a narrow runner-up finish to Sandwich (98), scoring 91 points. Bureau Valley placed fifth (76 1/2).

“He had an outstanding day. He is a great competitor,” PHS coach Dan Foes said.” I was extremely proud of all of our performances on the day for many different reasons.”

Pranka swept the hurdles races with a times of 16.66 and 42.07. He also placed second in the pole vault (11-6) and ran on the Tigers’ runner-up 4x100 relay with Kai Tomaszewski, Blake Janssen and Caleb Strom for a 46.2 on Sandwich’s tail.

Strom won the long jump (20-8) and Tomaszewski (53.08) took second in the 400 meters with a close finish behind Sandwich’s Kody Randa (52.91). The Tigers also placed third in the 4x400 with Tomaszewski, Cody Workman, Austin Wetsel and Lenny Mead running a 3:42.

St. Bede strongman Michael Slingsby won the shot put at 47-11 and placed second in the discus (128-9). Teammate John Barnes was third in the discus (125-11).

Bureau Valley’s Kane Eastwood won the 800 (2:06.76) and anchored the Storm’s winning 4x400 relay (3:36.88) for Tucker Schoff, Ryan Taylor and Colton Peterson.

Second-place finishers for BV included Tucker Schoff in the 300 hurdles (42.55), Justin Buckman in the shot put (45-0 1/2) and the 3,200 relay team (8:48.57).

Hall’s Al Baldonado came in second in the 3200 (10:38.25) and third in the 1600 (4:46.84).

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