Milaca track and field’s Allie Terpstra continued her blazing start on April 22 at the annual Furman Quadathlon in Milaca.
The junior tallied 4,056 points, a female all-time record for the event on her way to first-place honors.
The quadathlon, which began in 2008 but has not been held since 2011, was created by former coach Randy Furman.
“(The meet) has been on hiatus because of poor weather each of the last two years,” said Milaca co-coach Jeremy Mikla.
He said Randy Furman created this meet in which athletes score points based on their performances, similar to decathlon.
“The meet was a great workout for the kids because they all competed in four events, enough to keep each athlete busy the entire night,” Mikla said. “It was also a great opportunity to increase our overall knowledge about track and field and learn about events that we otherwise would only watch from the sideline.”
Terpstra was the star for the girls side as she did well on the 100-meter hurdles, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the triple jump to earn her tally for first place.
Sarah Forker took eighth place, Caitlin Richardson took 13th and Emma Johnson took 15th for the Wolves on the day. The finishes put the Milaca girls team in third place with 29,329 points. Mora won the meet with 35,232.75 points.
Boys finish fourth
The Milaca boys finished fourth in the Furman Quadathlon behind first-place Zimmerman, second-place Mora and third-place Becker.
Zimmerman’s Jordan Griffin broke the meet all-time record for points with 4,206 points.
The top finisher for the Wolves was senior Mike Warren, who tallied 3,668 points to finish in seventh place. Others in the top 15 for Milaca were Josiah Forker (eighth, 3,506), Jeson Erickson (10th, 3,387) and Jake Olson (14th, 2,837).
Warren competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 4×100 meter relay and the long jump to earn his seventh-place tally.
Terpstra leads Wolves at Big Lake Invite
Terpstra was again on top of her game last Friday at the Big Lake Invite. The Milaca junior won the 100-meter hurdles, the long jump and the 200-meter dash and took second in the triple jump. Her 15.65 finish in the hurdles was a Big Lake Invite record and helped her land the meet MVP trophy. Milaca finished in third place as a team.
“Allie is not only a great competitor, but also a great team leader,” Mikla said. “(She’s) always supportive of her teammates’ efforts regardless of what place they finish.”
Other first-place finishes came from Sarah Forker in the pole vault and Caitlin Richardson in the shot put.
Other placers for the Wolves were Ellen So (3200 meters), Emma Polt (1600 meters), Emma Eisvoog (100-meter hurdles), Selena Lopez (800 meters), Emma Johnson and Forker (long jump). Most of those finishes were also personal bests.
Mikla was proud of the young sprinters, who he said continue to improve.
On the boys side, several upperclassmen were unable to attend the rescheduled event. Top finishers from those who did make it included: Mat Cluraghty (high jump, 100-meter dash), Cameron Sundberg and Jon Hall (1600 and 3200 meters) and Zack Korvela (800 meters). Mitch Garber, Gabe Petty, Brett Husman, Korvela and Brad Bekius all set personal records at the meet in their respective events.