Four-Event Athlete Competes at MSHSL

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Kaija Crowe places Third in the Class A Girls High Jump Photo by Nick Adams (Supreme Images Photography)
Kaija Crowe places Third in the Class A Girls High Jump Photo by Nick Adams (Supreme Images Photography)
Kaija Crowe places Third in the Class A Girls High Jump
Photo by Nick Adams (Supreme Images Photography)

St. Paul, Minn—-The MSHSL Boys and Girls Track and Field state Tournament can be grueling. Not just physically but mentally as well. Most athletes train for and participate in a single event. Imagine training for not just one, but four events. That’s exactly what senior Kaija Crowe from Milaca is doing this weekend. She is running in the 4x200m Relay, the 100m, 200m and the high jump. The Minnesota Sports Report got a chance to speak with Crowe at the conclusion of her final prelims event on Friday.

With her competing in four events, we asked if she had a favorite or felt more comfortable in one.

“I never liked the 100 before,” Crowe said.  “It was too fast. I’ve also had a love for the high jump, doing it all summer, all winter.”

That would be understandable considering that she just started performing the 100m this spring. In the 4×200 she quickly credited her teams with the success she has been having this season. Her team placed 3rd in her heat, but it was a good enough time to make the finals on Saturday.

Crowe went on to tell how she prepares for a big weekend like this.

“Sections help with having prelims and finals in the same day. It makes this a lot easier.”

The senior from Milaca would go on to say she often takes weekend trips with her family to national meets, usually on only a week’s notice.

Crowe commented about her preferences when it comes to preparation times.

“…I guess I’m always preparing. If it comes up, it comes up you know. I just take the opportunity and run with it.”

-Jonathan Wurst