Crowe does it all, earns honor at track meet

Milaca junior Kaija Crowe was on fire at the Big Lake Track and Field Invitational Thursday, April 26.

She competed in four events and placed first in the 200-meter dash and the high jump, while running on first-place relays in the 4×200 and 4×100.

Her performance earned her the Most Valuable Player honor. It marked the first time a Milaca athlete has won that honor at the Big Lake meet since Dave Herbst won it 12 years ago.

And, by the way, Crowe set a school record in the 200!

“Kaija did it all,” said Milaca Co-Head Coach Gwen Garber. “And, she had great help from her teammates in the relays.

“Our athletes set many personal records.”

Crowe won the 200 in 25.70 seconds. She broke the old record of 26.37 which she set last year.

Crowe’s top area rival, senior Claire Gapinski of Foley, was second in 25.90.

Crowe won the high jump at 5-feet, with Big Lake’s Emily Otto placing second at 4-10.

Crowe teamed with sophomore Sarah Forker and ninth-graders Irina Danilyuk and Allie Terpstra to win the 100-meter relay in 51.9. The same combination won the 200 relay in 1:51.0.

Senior Marty Stellmach claimed Milaca’s other first place as he won the pole vault at 11-feet, 6-inches.

Big Lake won the girls title with 150 points, with Princeton placing second at 131, Foley third at 123.5, Rogers fourth at 90.5, Sauk Centre fifth at 78, Milaca sixth with 74 points and Legacy Christian Academy seventh at 22 points.

The host Hornets also won boys honors as they totaled 216 points. Sauk Centre was second at 100, Rogers third at 99.33, Foley fourth at 96.50, Princeton fifth at 67.83, Milaca sixth at 57 and Legacy seventh with 33.33 points.

Milaca’s other top placers included:

•Senior Bryan Hanenburg, who placed second in the high jump at 6-0 and fourth in the 400 dash in 56.3 and fourth in the triple jump at 36-02.

•The boys 4×100 relay team of sophomores Jeson Erickson and Mike Warren and ninth-graders Josiah Forker and Austin Weidner which placed second in 48.3.

•Erickson, who was fourth in the 100 in 12.0.

•Junior Clair Coffee, who was second in the pole vault at 8-6. Ninth-grader Tara Airhart was third, also at 8-6, and Sara Forker was fifth, also at 8-6.

•Terpstra, who was third in the 100 hurdles in 17.1.