Three Rivers boys conference meet
PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers brought the Three Rivers Conference championship home at Bryant Field Friday night, edging Erie-Prophetstown by the narrowest margins, 104-102.
It is Princeton’s first title since joining the TRAC in 2014 and first conference championship since repeating in the NCIC in 2011 and 2012. PHS also won the NCIC in 1975.
“It’s absolutely wonderful, because when we got in this conference, we knew how tough these guys were every year,” PHS coach Dan Foes said. “Everybody brings something to the table. That’s the beauty of this conference. Everybody’s got their events and different things. It’s just really tough.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight. We knew we were going to be in it. We weren’t sure if we had just enough. I can’t say enough about our kids tonight, because they performed outstanding throughout the entire night.
“It’s the kids’ championship, and that’s great, because you can never take that away from them.”
The anticipation built as the team listened with anticipation to coach Pat Hodge’s countdown of team finishes from high to low on the public address system and erupted in excitement when E-P was called for second place with 102 points. They all knew the Tigers were the only team left to be called.
“I’ve actually dreamt about this for a while. I tried hard my freshmen year and came tonight and wanted to compete and show my coaches I could lead this team to a conference victory and I’m glad I’m part of this team,” said sophomore Connor Workman, who snagged titles in the long jump (20-4) and triple jump (42-8 1/2).
Workman, who recently broke the school record in the triple jump, said he surprised himself.
“I came into this meet thinking I’m not going to do good, because I don’t like this runway. I came in and doubted myself, but I also achieved it.”
PHS junior Nathan Allen won the 110 hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles.
“I was hoping for a PR (in the 110) but really couldn’t get it. It’s really nice to know you got some points for the team with it being so close,” said Allen, whose dad, Rick, was a state medalist for PHS.
With wins in just four events, Foes said it was the Tigers’ depth that won it, noting nine top-three finishes and 13 top-five finishes.
“We didn’t leave any points out there. We took every point that we could absolutely take tonight,” Foes said.
The Tigers gained two points they didn’t count on with an unexpected first-place finish in the 4x2 when top-seeded Hall bowed out with a hamstring injury to senior Ethan Cattani. PHS would have still won the meet by one point over E-P, had it finished second in the 4x2.
Hall’s Marshall Walk ran off with firsts in the 100 (11.18) and 200 (22.73). Teammate Steve Brust was second in the 100 (11.36).
The Red Devils also set a meet record in the 4x100 relay with Brust, Anthony Buchanan, Cattani and Walk turning in a 43.51.
Bureau Valley’s Joe Green posted a pair of runner-up finishes to Orion’s Logan Lee in the throws with tosses of 42-9 in the shot put and 147-2 in the discus. It was quite the accomplishment for Green just two weeks after undergoing heart surgery.
“He’s been really solid all year, and he had a great week of practice,” BV coach Dan DeVenney said of Green. “He’s a really good mix of strength and speed.”
Kale Barnett was third in the long jump (19-8 1/2) for the Storm.
• Notes: Levi Coble of E-P tied the meet record in the high jump at 6-4, while teammate Kyle Kruthoff shattered the pole vault record (15-0) by eight inches.