Cavemen News · Princess Relays Tonight at Mishawaka


The Princess Relays have long been known for great talent and incredible competition.  Tonight should be no different as 16 girls teams compete for the Championship.  Field events start at 6, Running events at 7 pm at Mishawaka’s Steele Stadium.  Teams in the event are: Mishawaka, Chesteron, Concord, Crown Point, Elkhart, FW Wayne, LaPorte, Marian, New Prairie, Northridge, NorthWood, Penn, Plymouth, SB Clay, Warsaw and SB Washington.

Mishawaka Girls Head Track Coach Chris Kowalewski said, “We’re extremely excited to host the 2021 Princess Relays.  Not just because it’s a large invitational with quality teams, but also because it offers a Friday night under-the-lights atmosphere that girls don’t get a chance to experience much. It really is a high energy meet. Plus, all track athletes love relays, it enhances the team aspect of the sport.  Outside of the postseason meets, this is our most eagerly anticipated meet of the season and the same for many of the teams attending.  We try to make it more than a track meet, but an event.  Even the meet shirts have always been popular.”

The Princess Mishawaka Relays Meet has been around for over 30 years, with a few years off during that time.  Coach Kowalewski knows how special this is, and he was determined to make it an annual tradition.  “When I became the Mishawaka head girls track coach in 2003, one of my primary goals for the program was to bring the meet back.  When I coached at Clay High School in the 90s, I remember how much the girls loved this meet. From 2014 to 2018, Elkhart Central was able to host the event for us due to the poor condition of our home track. We were very grateful for that because it kept the meet alive, allowing us to continue the tradition at home today on our new track.”

This meet is special for the city as it honors the city’s namesake, Princess Mishawaka.   The daughter of Shawnee Chief Elkhart died in 1818 at 32 years of age.   According to  Princess Mishawaka Society on Rootsweb.com, “She was a beautiful, courageous Indian maiden who was loved by all who knew her.” She was buried along the St. Joseph river, just west of the City of Mishawaka, which was named for her in 1833.  In the Pottawatomie language, Mishawaka means “Swift Water” or Thick Woods Rapids.”  A native boulder marks her gravesite and a statue of her likeness is located at 600 E 3rd Street in Mishawaka.

Tickets may be purchased for $6 at the gate or online at:  Princess Relays 2021 Tickets