Their was a possibility that a pair of Forker’s and a twosome of Terpstra’s could both make it to the 2014 Minnesota State Track and Field Meet.
However, the younger siblings, Josiah Forker and Karna Terpstra, could not live up to their elder siblings’ shadows, which left them short of state.
Josiah took fourth in the pole vault, sixth in the triple jump and seventh in the 4×100 relay. Karna finished fourth in the high jump to narrowly miss advancing. However, their older siblings did manage to move on.
Allie Terpstra took second place in the 100-meter hurdles by slicing nearly a half second off of her time at sub-sections. Allie also had a chance to advance to state in another event, however, she took third place in the long jump, 3.25 inches out of second place to narrowly miss making state.
Sarah Forker advanced to state by the slimmest of margins, clearing 8-11 on her final attempt. It was a long time coming for Sarah, who had been on the outside looking in the past couple of seasons, and that came out in a burst of emotion after she made the height.
“In 10th grade I got third, top two go to state, last year I got fourth, top two go to state, so I’ve been close,” Sarah Forker said. “Senior year it feels good to be able to get there finally.”
“That’s why it was emotional,” she added.
She had many thoughts running through her mind as she went for that final attempt.
“I was thinking I had to make it, because there were two other girls that went out at that height, so it would come down to misses, and I didn’t know where I would fall,” Forker said. “I was just banking on that last make, because if I made it I was for sure going on.”
Fortunately for Forker, she did, brushing the pole, but not knocking it down.
Her brother Josiah, was not as lucky in his vaulting session.
“I made the one over, but I didn’t throw the pole back, and it hit it,” Josiah Forker said.
He did finish in fourth place, but if he would have cleared that height (12-01) he could have pressed for a state berth.
Though he came up short in all three of his events, he knows that their is always next year.
“I still have a year, but I’ll be disappointed if I don’t make it next year for sure,” Josiah Forker said.
It was not just Forker’s and Terpstra’s that graced the podium though. Other top eight finishers were Caitlin Richardson, seventh in the shot put, and Jon Hall, who took sixth in the 3200-meters.
Other competitors in events for the Wolves at sections were seniors: Cameron Sundberg, Jeson Erickson and Matt Cluraghty; junior Tara Airhart; sophomores: Nicole Peterson and Jacob Olson; freshman Emma Bolt and eighth grader Emma Johnson.
As a team Milaca finished tied for 11th for the girls and in 17th place for the boys. They accumulated 33 and 17 points respectively.
“Each year this is my favorite meet,” said Milaca co-coach Jeremy Mikla. “It is the time where stars shine and surprises can become reality, but the heart of all of it is the culmination of the dedication and hard work these athletes put in.”
So, one Forker and a single Terpstra move on, and Milaca’s coaches are happy.
“We (the coaches) are very proud of both of them and their accomplishments,” Mikla said.
The state meet is on Friday and Saturday (June 6-7) at Hamline University’s campus in St. Paul.