For the fourth year in a row, the Princeton Community High School Tigers boys track team claimed a sectional championship.
“It seems like this time of the year everybody is tired and we didn’t have our best of times or our worst of times, but we did pretty good,” said Tigers head coach Justin Niederhaus. “We had guys score that we didn’t know if they would score or not score points for us. Some of our top guys had some trouble”
The Tigers won with 146 points and were followed by Gibson Southern High School (92), Vincennes Lincoln (75.5), South Knox (64), Pike Central (57.5), Barr-Reeve (49), North Knox (48), Washington (42), North Daviess (23), Wood Memorial High School (18) and Tecumseh (8).
The top three finishers in each event advance to next Thursday’s, May 25, regional at Evansville Central High School, starting at 5:30 p.m. CDT.
In the 100-meter dash, Gibson Southern’s Caleb Carpenter picked up a fifth place finish in 12.03 seconds and right behind was Princeton’s Steffen Svec finishing in sixth in 12.05 seconds.
In the 200, Gibson Southern’s Joshua Pohl finished in fourth place (24.54), Princeton’s Miles Bostick finished in fifth place (24.6) and Titan Avery Gick finished in sixth place (24.73).
Two Gibson Countians advance in the 400-meter dash. Javon Wilkerson (PCHS) took second place in 51.65 seconds and John Loehr (GSHS) took third in 52.81 seconds. Wood Memorial’s Tristan Vickers finished in sixth place in 54.43 seconds.
In the 800, both Justin Niederhaus and Kyler Havill, both of PCHS, advanced finishing in second and third respectively with times of 2:00.08 and 2:01.69.
Justin Niederhaus also took first place in the 1600-meter run to advance, finishing in 4:21. GSHS’ Travis Hart took fourth place (4:39) and Princeton’s Jackson Krieg took fifth (4:51).
In the 3200-meter run, Princeton’s Lee Friedman and Krieg finished fourth and fifth respectively with times of 10:24.52 and 10:33.65.
Gibson Southern’s Trey Riggs took first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a final time of 15.96. Wood Memorial’s Ethan Phillips finished in fifth in 18.13 seconds.
Desmond Walker advances for Princeton Community in the 300-meter hurdles with a third place finish of 42.66 seconds. Riggs and Titan Alex Meyer finished fourth (43.73) and fifth (44.49) respectively.
The Tigers swept the relay races, finishing the 4x100-meter in 46.31 seconds, the 4x400-meter in 3:35.78 and the 4x800-mere in 8:26.86.
The Titans took fifth place in the 4x100 (47.38) and advanced in the 4x400 with a third place finish of 3:39.7. The Titans finished in fourth place in the 4x800.
Tiger Stephan Wilkerson won the high jump with a personal best six foot, four inch leap. Riggs was right behind, jumping six feet, one inch. Chase Wilson (PCHS), Joshua Pohl (GSHS) and Spencer Vickers (WMHS) finished 5-6-7 all jumping five feet, eight inches.
In the pole vault, Wilson grabbed a fifth place finish with a vault of 11 feet, six inches.
The Wilkerson brothers both advanced in the long jump for Princeton. Javon took first place with a leap of 22 feet, two inches and Setphan took third with a jump of 20 feet, eight inches.
Titan Zach Nurrenbern won the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, three inches. Zach Dove of PCHS took second with a throw of 46 feet, two inches and Titan Caleb Carpenter took third, throwing 41 feet, 11 inches.
Dove dominated the discus with a throw of 145 feet, 4.25 inches, 21 feet further than second places throw of 124 feet, 10.75 inches. Nurrenbern finished in fourth place with a throw of 123 feet, 10 inches.
“You have to finish in the top three to advance to state out of regionals,” Niederhaus said. “I feel like we have a good chance. I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to next week because I feel like we have a lot of guys that can advance to state and can maybe even place at state.”