Though they fell short of team victories on both the boys and girls side at the Sub-section 18A meet in Mora on May 20, several Milaca athletes set personal bests and earned themselves trips to St. Johns University and the Section 5A meet.
The coaches set up three goals for the meet, and the Wolves did not disappoint. Goal one was to have the athletes get their best times of the season.
Check. Eighteen Milaca athletes set season-best numbers at the meet.
Among them were Allie and Karna Terpstra, who each set season-bests in their top events.
Karna cleared a height of 5-01 in the high jump to set a personal and season-best, taking second place. Allie bested her top mark in the long jump by leaping 16-03 and taking first place. She then set her best of the year in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.09 in qualifying.
“I feel a lot more confident this year, because I did get second place at state last year,” Allie Terpstra said. “I feel like I should be getting first, and doing well, so I feel like it helps my confidence and makes me run faster.”
For the boys Matt Cluraghty, a senior, used the beautiful weather day to set a season-high in the high jump with 5-05.
“It was an absolute perfect day for a Track and Field meet and the Wolves didn’t disappoint with their performances,” said Milaca co-coach Jeremy Mikla.
The second goal of the day was to advance as many people to sections as possible.
Check. Eleven individuals and two relay teams in 19 events move on to the meet on May 28.
Along with the Terpstra’s and Cluraghty these athletes also advanced to sections: Caitlin Richardson in 100-meter hurdles (third place), shot put (first place); Emma Bolt, 1600-meters (fourth place); Jon Hall, 1600-meter run (second), 3200-meters (first); Cameron Sundberg, 800-meter run (fourth), 1600-meters (third); Sarah Forker, pole vault (first); Josiah Forker, pole vault (third), triple jump (second); Jeson Erickson, long jump (first); Tara Airhart, pole vault (second).
Allie Terpstra tried to cheer as many of them on as possible.
“I always try and to encourage my teammates in practice, because if you can’t practice well, you can’t run well in a meet,” Allie Terpstra said. “And just to cheer them on, because I know if I hear anyone cheer my name when I run, it makes me want to go so much faster.”
In addition to the individuals both the boys and girls 4×100-meter relay teams advanced on. For the girls the team of Allie Terpstra, Emma Johnson, Nicole Peterson and Sarah Forker took first place with a time of 53.65. On the boys 4×100-meter team it was Erickson, Mike Warren, Cluraghty and Josiah Forker who took second place and moved on.
In total the boys racked up 98 points and finished in third place behind first place Mora and second place Rush City. The girls finished runner-up to Mora with a total of 103 points.
For Allie Terpstra it was the weather she said that helped her return to last year’s form.
“It feels really good, especially since it was the first nice meet of the season, that just makes me want to do better,” Allie Terpstra said. “It feels good to be back to where I was last year, getting good times and jumps.”