The 2019 state track meet did not go as well as the Milford athletes would have liked. The Eagles had nine athletes compete and all finished outside the medals.

“In general it was a nice meet,” Coach Marty Hingst said.

Senior Cade Houk, in his first trip to the state meet, faced a tough opening height at 12-0 in the pole vault and could not clear the bar.

“He did a great job,” Hingst said. “He got better as the year went on.”

Fellow senior Chloe Kolb made her fourth trip to state in the high jump and cleared opening height at 4-10 but couldn’t top 5-0. Hingst said she was having trouble with her step and was taking off too close to the bar.

The team’s third senior qualifier, Jessica Hollist, made opening height in the pole vault at 9-0 to finish her season.

“That’s a nice way to end her career,” Hingst said.

Junior Ashley Kroese competed in the 3,200-meter run and finished in 12:39.17. While it was not her best time of the year, she ran well, Hingst said.

Freshman Sydney Stelling qualified in the 100-meter dash and ran her preliminary heat in 13.19 seconds. Hingst said that experience will help next year.

The 4x800-meter relay team of Callie Carraher, Celia Bontrager, Abbie McGuire and Caitlyn Adams finished in 10:34.1, less than a second off its best time of the season.

The team came in seeded 12th and finished 10th, Hingst said.

“We will take it,” he said.

Milford will graduate Houk, Kolb, Hollist, Sydney Bontrager, Levi Miller, Zach Pauley and exchange student Fanny Wiman.

Kolb plans to walk on in track at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

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