Bethany TenHaken and the Boys 4x400 relay team will advance to the Minnesota State Meet with their strong performances at the Section Meet on Wednesday, May 29.
TenHaken will be competing for the 4th time in the 800M Run at the State Meet. A rare feat as the last Milaca athlete to qualify for the State Meet four times in the same event, was Kelly Nelson (2004-2007) who participated 4 straight years in the Pole Vault. Bethany finished 2nd in the 800m Run, behind Alaina Steele from Pine City.
The Milaca Boys 4x400 Relay team of Asa Erickson, Andrew Tweet, Harrison Shepard, and Henry Truebenbach was able to cut 6 seconds off their time from last week and moved from the fourth seeded team to finishing in second behind Pine City. The last time Milaca had a 4x400 Relay team at the State Meet was in 1989, when the team of Doug DeBoer, Randy Hastings, Scott Larson, and Chad Kiel claimed the State Championship in the event.
There were many other excellent performances and personal records set by Milaca’s competitors. Here is a rundown of other Milaca track athletes today.
Camry Mach and Keaton Martin did not have their best performances in the High Jump, but were excited to have the opportunity to compete at the Section Meet Level.
Camry had a very good day in the triple jump, with a personal record jump of 32’9” which placed her seventh in the event, one spot away from a medal
Aiden Mikla set a Personal Record of 11’3” in the Pole Vault and finished in eighth place
The Girls 4x800 Relay (Bethany TenHaken, Elizabeth Danilyuk, Brittany Hansen, and Jerica Ploeger) team cut 7 seconds to finish in fourth place.
Kayla Gave, coming off being in a car accident the night before ran the 100M Hurdles but was not able to qualify for finals. She finished in eleventh place.
Andrew Tweet ran his best time of the season in the boys 100 and placed fifth.
Because of the car accident involving Gave and two other athletes who couldn’t compete, we needed to adjust Milaca’s 4x100 and 4x200 Relay teams adding alternates to fill their places.
Reina Mikla was added to the Girls 4x200 team with Brynn Mettling, Victoria Addy, and Jackie Kragt. This team cut 2 seconds from last week and finshed with a season best time of 1:50.57, good for fourth place.
Kayla Gave was able to compete in the 4x100 as an alternate and helped teammates Brynn Mettling, Reina Mikla, and Jackie Kragt capture a sixth place finish with their best time of the season also.
The Boys 4x100 team (Andrew Tweet, Henry Truebenbach, Dalton Warne, and Harrison Shepard) competed in perhaps the most crowded field of any event at the meet. Two-tenths of a second separated the top six teams coming into the Meet. The Wolves finished in fifth place with their best time of the season.
Triniti Neuhart had a tough draw for her lane assignment in Girls 400M Run, having to be in Lane 8, but fought hard to finish in thirteenth place in her first trip to the Section meet.
Henry Truebenbach and Asa Erickson both ran their Personal Bests in the 400M Run, and both wound up on the medals stand together. Henry placed fourth and Asa placed fifth.
Victoria Addy during the Girls 300M Hurdles had a very strong race and was on pace to set a new school record and finish in second place. However, she struck the final hurdle, stumbled, fell out of her lane and was disqualified. Look for her to return next year to avenge her performance.
Jerica Ploeger ran her final race of her high school career in the girls 800M Run, but look for great things from her next year running in Cross Country and Track in College.
The girls 4x400 struggled some with athletes who were tired from their previous performances. They ran a solid race and finished in seventh place.