By Gary Larson
Mille Lacs County Times
Milaca’s girls placed fourth while the boys team finished seventh at the eight-team Pierz Track and Field Invitational Thursday, April 12.
Overall, Milaca co-coaches Gwen Garber and Jeremy Mikla were pleased with how their teams performed at the annual early-season event. The meet, scheduled Friday, April 13, was moved up a day because poor weather conditions were expected Friday.
“Our team and individuals are getting stronger and improving every week,” said Garber. “We are making good, steady progress.
Milaca hosted Princeton, Zimmerman and Mora in a quadrangular Tuesday, April 10.
“We came back and did well at Pierz despite having just two days rest,” added Garber.
Eden Valley-Watkins scored 113.5 points to win the girls division while Pierz was second at 109, Albany was third at 97 and Milaca was fourth with 93 points. Foley placed fifth at 88.5, Royalton was sixth at 69.5, Holdingford was seventh at 56.5 and Crosby-Ironton was eighth with 44 points.
Foley won the boys division with 147 points, with Eden Valley-Watkins second at 120, Pierz third at 115 and Albany fourth with 93 points. Crosby-Ironton placed fifth with 69 points, Holdingford was sixth at 54, Milaca was seventh with 47 points and Royalton was eighth with 35 points.
Junior Julia Putz won led Milaca’s girls as she placed first in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. Her time in the 1,600 was 5:52.58 while her time in the 3,200 was 13:16.03.
Molly Gersch of Albany was second in the 1,600 in 5:54.50 while Megan Hoheisel of Pierz was second in the 3,200 in 13:32.29.
Junior Kaija Crowe in the high jump, ninth-grader Allie Terpstra in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4×200 relay team of Crowe, ninth-grader Irina Danilyuk, sophomore Sarah Forker and Terpstra also notched first places.
Crowe won the high jump at 5-feet while Terpstra was sixth at 4-6. Bridget Bednar of Pierz was second at 4-10.
Crowe placed second in the 200 dash in 27.73, just behind Claire Gapinski of Foley who was first in 27.36. Forker was fourth in 28.77.
Crowe also claimed fifth place in the triple jump at 29-09.5.
Terpstra posted a time of 17.77 in the 100 hurdles. Alyssa Boser of Pierz was second in 18.36.
Milaca’s 4×200 relay had a time of 1:52.23. Foley was second in 1:55.82.
Milaca’s other top efforts were turned in by:
•Junior Clair Coffee, who was second in the pole vault with a height of 9-feet. Ninth-grader Tara Airhart and Forker tied for fifth place at 8-0.
Alisha Stemper of Foley placed first in the pole vault, also at 9-0.
•The 4×100 meter relay team of Airhart, ninth-grader Makayla Paggen, sophomore Alissa Mrozik and Terpstra which placed third in 56.51. Foley was first in 55.42.
Seniors Marty Stellmach and Bryan Hanenburg paced Milaca’s boys.
Stellmach won the pole vault at 12-0. Ninth-grader Josiah Forker was fifth at 10-6.
Andy Reber of Foley was second at 11-0.
Hanenburg placed in three events. He was fourth in the 400 dash in 54.54, fifth in the high jump at 5-6 and fourth in the triple jump at 37-02.
Will Goodwin of Crosby-Ironton won the 400 in 54.37, Caleb Johnson of Pierz won the high jump at 6-2 and Michael Marshik of Pierz won the triple jump at 39-07.
Other top placers for Milaca included:
•Senior Adam Shipman, who was fifth in the 800 run in 2:14.73. Foley’s Charlie Lawrence was first in 2:04.65.
•The fifth place 4×100 relay team of sophomores Mike Warren, Josh Paulson, Jeson Erickson and ninth-grader Anderson Erickson, which posted a time of 51.68. Foley was first in 46.78.
Zimmerman won the girls division at the April 10 quadrangular with 81 points, one point ahead of Princeton. Mora was third with 58 points while Milaca was fourth with 49 points.
Mora won boys honors with 108.5 points while Zimmerman was second at 75.5, Princeton was third at 54.5 and Milaca was fourth with 33 points.
In the girls division:
•Crowe won the 200 dash in 28.55 and the high jump at 5-0.
•Airhart and Coffee tied for first place in the pole vault as both went 8-0. Forker was third at 7-6.
•Forker placed first in the 100 dash in 13.95.
•Crowe, Danilyuk, Forker and Terpstra combined to win the 4×100 relay in 54.53. The same combination won the 4×200 relay in 1:53.88.
•Danilyuk placed second in the 800 run in 2:41.88.
•Terpstra placed fourth in the 100 hurdles in 18.51.
In the boys division:
•Hanenburg won the 400 dash in 56.54, with Shipman placing third in 56.76.
Hanenburg also placed second in the high jump at 5-6 and second in the triple jump at 306-00.5.
•Stellmach won the pole vault at 12-0.
•Sophomore Cameron Sundberg placed fourth in the 3,200 run in 11:40.82.
•Juniors Andrew Manoleff and Michael Bussman teamed with Jeson Erickson and Warren to place third in the 4×100 relay in 51.14.
•Bussman, senior Nils Runge, sophomore Spencer Slade and Warren teamed to place third in the 4×200 relay in 1:54.93.
Milaca travels to the Foley Invitational Friday at 4:15 p.m.