Milaca girls 2nd at GRC Track Championships

Milaca’s girls and boys track and field teams competed at the Granite Ridge Conference Indoor Championship Meet Thursday, April 4 inside the Becker Fieldhouse.

The Milaca girls placed second behind Zimmerman while the boys finished last in the nine-team field.

“The girls’ performance exceeded our expectations, considering the conditions we’ve had to train in,” said Milaca Co-Coach Jeremy Mikla. “Our boys team is young and we need to develop depth.

“The best part of the meet may have been having a place to run on a real track surface.”

Zimmerman won the girls crown with 101.5 points while Milaca scored 76 points and Foley placed third with 73. Becker was fourth with 71, Princeton fifth with 68, Little Falls sixth with 64, Mora seventh with 56.5, St. Cloud Cathedral eighth with 49 and Albany ninth with 25.

The Wolves placed first in three events.

•Senior Kaija Crowe won the 200-meter dash in 27.60 seconds. Rachael Anderson of Mora was second in 29.18.

Crowe placed second in the 400 dash in 1:02.86, with Cathedral’s Rachel Eickhoff winning the event in 1:02.39.

•Junior Sarah Forker led a 1-2-3 Milaca finish in the pole vault with a height of 9-feet, 6-inches. Sophomore Tara Airhart was second at 9-0 and senior Clair Coffee was third at 8-6.

•The team of sophomores Irina Danilyuk and Allie Terpstra Forker and Crowe won the 4×100 relay in 53.21. Zimmerman was second in 56.34.

Milaca’s other top placers included:

-Terpstra, who placed third in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.66.

-Forker, who placed third in the 55-meter dash in 7.98.

-Senior Julia Putz, who was third in the 800 run in 2:44.57.

-The 4×800 relay team of Danilyuk, Putz, eighth-grader Nika Tillotson and sophomore Bailey Wittemore which, placed fifth in 11:23.39.

-The 4×400 relay unit of Terpstra, Putz, junior Leah Bergantzel and eighth-grader Emma Bolt, which placed sixth in 4:46.09.

Little Falls took boys honors with 131 points while Foley placed second at 104, Mora was third at 83, Princeton was fourth at 66 and Zimmerman placed fifth with 48 points. Albany was sixth at 46, Cathedral was seventh at 42, Becker placed eighth at 33 and Milaca was ninth with 27 points.

Milaca’s top finish was turned in by junior Mike Warren, who placed third in the long jump with a jump of 18-feet, 4.5-inches.

Other top placers included:

-The 4×100 relay team of juniors Trevor Seppala and Tanner Eidsvoog and sophomores Levi Hunt and Josiah Forker, which placed fourth in 49.23.

-Junior Cam Sundberg, who placed sixth in the 1,600 run in 5:04.18.

-Senior Michael Bussmann, who placed sixth in the 200 dash in 26.09.

-Forker, who was sixth in the pole vault at 9-6.

Milaca is scheduled to compete at the Pierz Invitational Friday at 4 p.m. That meet’s status will depend on the weather.

Milaca’s scheduled date at Little Falls Tuesday, April 16, is also tentative, depending on the weather.