Crowe leads Milaca at true team meet

Milaca senior Kaija Crowe showed once again why she ranks with the top girls track and field performers in the state as she set the pace for the Wolves at the Section 5 True Team Meet Thursday, May 9, at Totino Grace High School in Fridley.

Crowe won the 200-meter dash in 26.53 seconds and the high jump at a height of 5-feet. Sophomore Anna Oakes of Princeton was second in the 200 in 27.25 while senior Kelsey Mohlenkamp of Sartell-St. Stephen was second in the high jump, also at 5-0. Crowe reached the 5-0 mark in fewer attempts than Mohlenkamp.

Crowe teamed with junior Sarah Forker and sophomores Allie Terpstra and Irina Danilyuk to place second in the 4×100 relay in 52.79 and third in the 4×200 relay in 1:52.43. Sartell won the 4×200 in 1:50.64 and the 4×100 in 51.43.

“Kaija had a great meet against strong competition,” said Milaca Co-Coach Jeremy Mikla. “As a team the girls had a very good meet.”

Other highlights for the Milaca girls included:

-Sophomore Tara Airhart placing third and senior Clair Coffee fourth in the pole vault. Both went 8-6.

-Terpstra placing seventh in the 100 hurdles and ninth in the long jump.

-Danilyuk placing eighth in the 300 hurdles-Forker placing ninth in the 100 dash.

-Senior Julia Putz placing 10th in the 1,600 run.

Milaca placed seventh in the 11-team girls division with 328 points. Sartell-St. Stephen was first with 639.5 points, with Totino Grace placing second at 616.5.

Sophomore Josiah Forker led Milaca’s boys as he finished fourth in the pole vault at 11-6.

Forker also teamed up with juniors Mike Warren and Jeson Erickson and sophomore Levi Hunt to place fifth in the 4×100 relay.

Other highlights for the boys included:

-Senior Michael Bussmann’s ninth place in the 400 dash.

-Senior Cam Sundberg’s 10th place in the 1,600.

Milaca finished 10th in the boys team standings with 201.5 points. Sartell-St. Stephen made it a sweep by winning boys honors with 602 points, with Totino Grace placing second at 595.5.

Milaca hosts the sub-section meet Tuesday, May 21, at 3 p.m.