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Area boys qualify for state

Princeton made some pretty swift moves in qualifying four athletes in five events for the state track meet. None may not have been good as their coach’s moves.

Tiger coach Dan Foes ran to celebrate a Tiger qualifier and slipped and fell. And he kept on celebrating there on the ground with not a worry in the world.

They will take that celebration all the way to Charleston.

“Not too much to it. I ran, jumped and fell, but I didn’t care,” said Foes, a former weight man for Buda Western. “(Assistant coach) Curtis (Odell) asked me if was OK. I said, ‘I’ve never felt better.’”

Junior Drew Pranka heads up the Tigers state contingent, placing first in the 300 hurdles (40.88) and second in the 110 hurdles (15.44). He will be joined in the 300 hurdles by teammate Lenny Mead, who was leading the race until falling over a hurdle, got up and turned in a second-place time of 40.93.

Senior Caleb Strom ran down a second-place qualifier in the 200 meters with a time of 22.62. He will return to state for the first time since qualifying in 1A as a freshman.

PHS sophomore Kai Tomaszewski qualified with a second-place finish in the 400 meters (51.64)

Foes called the day, “absolutely awesome.”

Erie 1A sectional: Twelve area athletes qualified in nine events for the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet at the Erie Sectional Friday.

Hall’s Collin Aimone and Bureau Valley’s Kane Eastwood head up the area contingent with three qualifiers each.

Aimone finished second in the 400-meters (51.29) and long jump (20-11). He also qualified on the Red Devils’ 4x100 relay with Patrick Einhaus, Chris Hammonds and Alic Hernandez, who finished second in 44.34.

Eastwood had one individual qualifier, clocking a top time of 2:01.94 to win the 800. He also ran on two winning efforts in relays. He ran with Ryan Taylor, Daniel Trone and Colton Peterson for a first-place and school record 8:12.48 in the 4x800. He ran the anchor for the Storm’s first place effort in the 4x400 of 3:28.63 with Trone, Tucker Schoff and Peterson.

Tucker Schoff also qualified on time in the 300 hurdles with a fourth-place effort of 41.45.

Hall’s Al Baldonado was a sectional champion in the 3,200 meters with a winning time of 9:54.01.

St. Bede threw its weight around for three qualifiers. Michael Slingsby (136-11) and John Barnes (135-6) finished 1-2 in the discus and Barnes garnered a sectional berth in the shot put with a second-place toss of 48-1.

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