Track teams set for sub-section meet

Milaca’s boys and girls track and field teams will be very greedy when they head to the Sub-Section 18 Meet Tuesday, May 22, at Foley.

Their goal is to advance as many entrants as they can to the Section 5A Meet Wednesday, May 30, at St. John’s University in Collegeville.

The top four placers in the individual events and top two relays  at the Sub-Section 18 Meet move on to the Section 5A Meet. Milaca advanced a dozen athletes last year and is hoping to equal or surpass that number next week.

“Both our girls and boys teams are young and our goal this season has been to build our depth and gain experience,” said Milaca Co-Coach Jeremy Mikla. “We won’t be contending for the team titles at the section meet but we have some very strong individuals who, if they perform well at the sub-section meet, have a good chance to move on to state.”

On Wednesday, May 9, Milaca competed at the Section 5AA True Team Championships at Totino Grace in Fridley.

Junior Kaija Crowe continued her impressive season by winning the 200-meter dash, finishing in a four-way tie for first place in the 100-meter dash and placing second in the high jump.

Her time in the 200 was 25.60. Senior Maddie Bearson of Sartell was second in 25.70 and senior Claire Gapinski of Foley was third in 26.10.

In the 100, Crowe, Gapinski, Bearson and senior Elizabeth Wanner of Totino Grace were all clocked at 12.80. They did not all run in the same heats.

Crowe went 4-feet, 10-inches in the high jump. Senior Ashley Dahly of Totino-Grave was first at 5-10.

Milaca’s other top individual performers at the meet included:

-Senior Marty Stellmach, who was fourth in the pole vault.

-Ninth-grader Allie Terpstra, who was eighth in the 100 hurdles.

-Ninth-grader Tara Airhart, who tied for fifth in the pole vault. Junior Clair Coffee placed seventh.

-Sophomore Cameron Sundberg, who was ninth in the 1,600 run and 10th in the 3,200.

Totino Grace won both the girls and boys team titles.

The sub-section meet at Foley is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.