st two of the four events it competed in at the Class A State Girls Track Meet last Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul, co-coaches Jeremy Mikla and Gwen Garber felt good about the Wolves’ performance.
“Three of the four girls we had at the state meet were competing there for the first time,” said Mikla. “It’s an eye-popping event, with the big crowd and all the state’s best track and field athletes gathered at one spot.
“It can be a little intimidating at first. But, Gwen and I were proud of how we competed. Everything is so close there, measured in hundredths of a seconds and fractions of an inch.
“Competing in four events at state is something these girls can build on and carry over to next season. It’s great that we’ll have everyone back.
Junior Kaija Crowe scored Milaca’s five team points as she finished sixth in the high jump (four points) and ninth in the 200-meter dash (one point).
Crowe went 5-feet, 2-inches in the high jump, after winning the Section 5A title at 5-3.
Sophomore Carlie Wagner of New Richland won the event at 5-5.
Crowe ran in the preliminaries of the 200 Friday and qualified for the finals with a time of 25.96 seconds. Her time in the finals was 26.38.
“Kaija showed she ranks with the top sprinters in the state,” said Mikla. “Her prelim time Friday would’ve put here near the top Saturday.”
Junior Sommer Haugrud of Pelican Rapids won the 200 in 25.73, with junior Deidre Hahn of Warroad placing second at 26.02. Foley senior Claire Gapinski of Foley, Crowe’s area rival and friend, placed eighth in 26.35.
“The heat was a little bit of a factor,” said Crowe. “In addition to the high jump Friday, I ran three prelims and I burned the tips of my ties slightly.
“But, I was happy to get to state in four events and come home with two medals.”
The temperature on the track was over 90 degrees both days.
Crowe teamed up with ninth-graders Allie Terpstra and Irina Danilyuk and sophomore Sarah Forker in the 4×200 and 4×100 relays.
Neither relay advanced to Saturday’s finals as the 4×200 relay was 10th and the 4×100 relay was 12th in the prelims.
“The experience will be a big boost for them,” said Mikla.