Outdoor track and field finally got its start last week as the Milaca boys and girls track teams competed in two area meets.
They began Tuesday, April 8, with their first outdoor meet in Foley, which was a Granite Ridge Conference quad meet. The running events were outside, but field events remained indoors. The second meet for the Wolves was in Pierz last Friday, an invitational that was completely outside, and had great weather.
Terpstras, Forker lead Milaca in Foley
On the girls side of the action April 8 in Foley, sisters Allie and Karna Terpstra, as well as teammate Sarah Forker, earned some strong finishes in their first outdoor runs of the season.
As a team, Milaca finished in third place with 50.5 points, which was an unusual feeling from last year’s Class A co-state champions. However, there were some strong performances from individuals on the Wolves side.
Junior Allie Terpstra finished first in the 100 meter hurdles (16.53) and the triple jump (32-01). Karna Terpstra, a sophomore placed first in the high jump (4-08). The Milaca 4×100 meter relay team also earned a top finish after a 54.52 to top Foley by more than a second. Forker had two top-three finishes, including second place in the pole vault (9-00) and third in the 100 meter dash (13.79).
“There were several PRs (personal records) set yesterday, and times were overall above expectations for a first outdoor meet,” said Milaca track and field co-coach Jeremy Mikla.
slow out the gate
It was a bit of a slow start for the Milaca boys track team in their first outdoor meet April 8 in Foley. The Wolves finished fourth in the Granite Ridge Conference quad meet with 30 points, 27 points behind third place Albany.
However, Josiah Forker, Mike Warren and Jon Hall turned in good performances on the individual side for the Wolves. Forker was the only one to capture a first-place finish, which was in the long jump after a 18-08 leap. Forker also had a strong showing in the triple jump with a 36-06 leap that was good for second place. Warren also earned a runner-up finish. He finished second to Forker in the long jump after a jump of 18-00. Hall had a second-place finish with a 10:41.32 in the 3200 meter run.
None of the relay teams were able to take home a first-place finish.
“Relays struggled, but then we haven’t had the opportunity to practice exchanges at all,” Milka said. “This should be improved even by Friday’s meet in Pierz.”
at Pierz invite
A 79-point performance and a fourth-place finish among eight teams proved that the Milaca boys were improved last Friday at the Pierz Invitational outdoor track and field meet.
The relay teams were a big part of the improvement and gave the Wolves 14 points with a third-place finish in the 4×200 meters (1:41.08) and second in the 4×100 meters (46.71). The 4×100 meter relay team consists of Forker, Warren, Jake Olson and Matt Cluraghty.
Forker again led the charge for Milaca in the individual events. He topped the list of pole vaulters with a 10-06 vault to take first place. The junior also finished third in the triple jump. Sophomore Dylan Hakes also turned in a strong vault with a 10-00, which earned him third place. Hall finished second in the 3200-meter run.
“The boys racked up 79 points with excellent performances in many different areas,” Milka said.
100 points in Pierz
The Milaca girls earned their strongest finish so far this season at Friday’s Pierz Invitational. The girls finished third with 104.5 points.
“The girls team charged to third place behind some strong and improved performances,” Milka said.
Two of those strong performances came in the pole vault as senior Sarah Forker, Josiah’s older sister, earned top honors after clearing 9-00.
“On Thursday we celebrated National Sibling day, and on Friday we had siblings each win the same event,” Milka said. “Coincidence? I think not.”
Tara Airhart performed on the vault, finishing as a runner-up to Forker with an 8-06. Forker also took third in the 100 meters with a 14.15.
Allie and Karna Terpstra were also at it again for the Wolves. Allie earned top finishes in the triple jump (33-03.5) and 100 meter hurdles (16.32), while Karna took second in the high jump (4-10). Another runner-up finish went in the books for the 4×100 meter relay team of Allie Terpstra, Forker, Nicole Peterson and Emma Johnson. Emma Bolt, a freshman, took third in the 1600-meter run with 6:03.87 for the Wolves to wrap up their big day.
The Wolves returned to Foley Tuesday, which hosted a conference meet originally scheduled for Mora. Milaca is scheduled to run tonight, April 17, at the Foley Invite. Milaca hosts Becker, Mora and Zimmerman Tuesday, April 22. The meet begins at 4 p.m.