The Milford track teams held their own against some tough competition at the Centennial Invitational April 17.
The girls’ team scored 59 points and finished fourth, and the boys scored 68 points to finish fifth.
“We were third for awhile,” Coach Marty Hingst said. “The top end is similar to a lot of meets. We have to be better to earn fourth through sixth. It gets us ready for conference and districts.”
The girls competed most of the meet without senior Tyra Aschoff, who injured her leg during the triple jump. The Eagles were also without distance runner Ashley Kroese who was sick that day.
The 100-meter hurdles was the top event of the day for MHS. All three Eagle hurdlers made the finals and placed, led by Calyn Mowinkel in third with a time of 17.88 seconds, her best of the season.
Naudia Larsen won gold in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.11 seconds.
Jessica Hollist vaulted to second in the pole vault with a height of 9-4, and Chloe Kolb placed second at 5-0 in the high jump. The 4x800-meter relay team of Shelby Gropp, Morgan Baack, Abbie McGuire and Callie Carraher finished second behind Malcolm, crossing the line in 11:21.96.
Sydney Bontrager earned third in the discus with a throw of 99-10.
In the boys’ competition, Drake Burton led the team with four medals. He won the pole vault (13-6), was second in the long jump (21-6) and triple jump (42-3.5) and third in the 100-meter dash (11.68).
Cade Houk added a second-place finish in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 12-0. Logan Horsley bettered his best attempt in the high jump, going 6-2 and finishing second.
Jacob Bitterman sprinted to third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.16 seconds, and Collin Piening was third in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.25 seconds.
The Eagles had 10 days to wait before competing at the Southern Nebraska Conference meet Saturday, April 28, at Sandy Creek.