Girls track team shines at meet

By Gary Larson

Mille Lacs County Times


Milaca’s girls track and field team got its season off to a roaring start at the Husky High School Classic last Saturday at the St. Cloud State University Halenbeck Fieldhouse.

With junior Kaija Crowe leading the way, the Wolves’ girls placed in 10 events.

Crowe placed first in the 200-meter dash in 27.47 seconds and the high jump at 5-feet, 2-inches.

Crowe teamed up with sophomore Sarah Forker and ninth-graders Makayla Paggen and Allie Terpstra to win the 4×100-meter relay in 54.77. Rocori placed second in 54.87.

Crowe, Forker, Terpstra and ninth-grader Irina Danilyuk teamed up to place third in the 800 sprint medley relay in 2:04.1.

“It was a great first test for the season,” said Milaca co-coach Jeremy Mikla. “Several excellent schools were there and our girls sure stepped up to the challenge.

“They didn’t keep team point totals but I’m sure Milaca would have placed high.

Kaija really dominated the girls meet and showed she’s picking up where she left off last year.”

Milaca showed its depth in the pole vault as junior Clair Coffee placed second (8-0), Forker placed third (8-0) and ninth-grader Tara Airhart was fifth (7-6). Olivia Haws of St. Cloud Tech was first at 8-3.

Terpstra placed third in the 60-meter hurdles in 10.61 and Danilyuk placed fourth in the 800 run in 2:46.75. Senior Kayla Albertson was eighth in the 400 dash in 1:15.68, Paggen was eighth in the long jump at 12-2.75 and junior Kylie Muehring was eighth in the shot put at 27-4.5.

In the boys division, senior Marty Stellmach placed seventh in the pole vault at 11-0 and the 4×100 relay of sophomores Jeson Erickson and Mike Warren and ninth-graders Josiah Forker and Anderson Erickson was eighth in 52.83.

The Wolves will compete at the first Granite Ridge Conference Indoor Meet Saturday at Foley. Field events begin at 10 a.m., with running events starting at 10:30.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.