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Tigers capture Ferris Invite

Dannis, Quinn named as Most Outstanding

PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers made their own Top 10 list in Monday’s Ferris Family Invitational at Bryant Field.

The Tigers won 10 events on the way to claiming their own invitational, easily defeating St. Bede 275-200 in the six-team field of former NCIC Lincoln foes. They also claimed six seconds and six thirds along the way.

“Great effort out of all the boys today. We got a lot of points from the field events; that set us up for a good day,” PHS coach Dan Foes said. “They keep improving all the time, and that’s all we ask them.”

What the Tigers didn’t win, St. Bede’s Bret Dannis did. He won four events including two meet records and made off with Most Outstanding honors.

Rock Falls claimed top honors in the girls’ meet.

The boys

The Tigers showcased a mixture of speed and muscle Monday night.

Junior Brett Schenck won the 100 dash (10.94) and 400 dash (52.34) with a second in the 200 dash (22.51). In the weights, the Tigers went 1-2 with Colton Youngren (132-5) and Bret Emmerson (121-4) in the discus and Emmerson (47-8) and Austin Wetsel (45-1) in the shot.

Nolan Hunt showed off his versatility by winning the triple jump (38-8 1/2) and the 1600 (4:55.17), Other individual winners for the Tigers were Lucus Sisler in the high jump (6-1) and Eli Grundman in the pole vault (10-0).

PHS also ran down top honors in the 4x400 (3:46.03) with Dan Naffziger, Jacob Ebner, Zach Bohms and Grundman and the 4x800 (9:06.0) on the legs of Hunt, Luke Peacock, Drew Grey and Collin Nelson.

St. Bede’s Dannis was certainly most outstanding on the night, setting records in both hurdles events — 14.26 in the 110 HH and 38.73 in the IH. He also edged out Schenck to win the 200 (22.38) and ran on the Bruins’ winning 4x100 (45.3) with Jacob Croissant, Austin Torri and Adam Poundstone.

Dannis said he was motivated by not running his best times at the PHS track earlier this spring.

“Last week, I came here, and my times weren’t the best. Before I came here tonight, I told myself what I was going to do, planned on running better. And it came out pretty good tonight.”

Dannis was just off the Bureau County record in the 300 hurdles of 38.59 set by Princeton’s Lenny Mead at state last year and said he will set his sights on it.

“It’s great to have something to reach for,” he said.

The Bruins also won the 4x200 (135.89) with Croissant, Luke Wamhoff, Torri and Alec Kunkel.

The girls

Hall senior Madi Quinn was named as Most Outstanding for the girls. She matched Dannis’ feat with four first-place finishes, winning the 100 (13.34), 100 hurdles (16.13), 300 hurdles (50.9) and pole vault (9-6).

“It was very challenging, did not expect that all,” Quinn said of taking four firsts. “I just pushed myself, and my coach helped me, too.

“I’m where I want to be in hurdles and 100. I got to work on pole vault a little bit. I was happy with my 300 performance too, just because I don’t run that normally.”

Quinn said running the 100 and 100 hurdles in a short span was “challenging, but doable.”

Hall’s Kaelyn Hamalle won the triple jump (35-3 1/2) and 200 (27.74).

Princeton’s Lydia Mead won the 400 (1:02.2), and Mikayla Wilhelm won the thrower’s 100 dash (15.07).

St. Bede won two relays, taking the 4x100 (53.31) with Jadie Knecht, Carly Eustice, Anna Postula and Antonia Cattani and the 4x200 (1:52.24) with Knecht, Eustice, Postula and Kaelyn Condon.

Condon also had the top long jump at 16-5 1/2.

Rock Falls edged Hall for team honors 217-206. St. Bede (129) finished third, and Princeton (81) was sixth.

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Ferris Invite at glance

• Princeton boys and Rock Falls win team titles.

• St. Bede’s Bret Dannis, Hall’s Madi Quinn named as Most Outstanding Athletes. Both win four events.

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