In triple jump, Ely’s Milkovich shines

by Tom Coombe

Ely sophomore Steve Milkovich has owned the triple jump at area high school boys track meets this spring.<BR><BR>Until Thursday, Milkovich had finished first in the event at each and every Timberwolves meet.<BR><BR>That streak ended when Two Harbors’ Roy Levitt won the event at the O.J. Belluzzo Invitational on a chilly spring event.<BR><BR>Milkovich, who won the triple jump five days earlier in Hibbing at the Doc Savage Invitational, was second to Levitt.<BR><BR>Nonetheless, Milkovich’s performance have been among the highlights for the Timberwolves, who finished an impressive fourth out of 14 teams at Thursday’s meet and wound up ninth in an 18-team field at the May 8 Doc Savage.<BR><BR>Depth helped the Wolves Thursday. <BR><BR>They didn’t win any events and had just three second-place finishes, but compiled enough points (54) to lead 10 other schools and place behind International Falls, Hermantown and Hibbing.<BR><BR>Ely picked up a second-place finish in the 800 relay, with Gavin Bialke, Shaun Hall, Dan Krunkkala and Mike Krunkkala combining to take second in 1:39.70.<BR><BR>Hall also had a high individual finish, taking third in the 800 run with a time of 2:11.10. Adam Shultz was right behind in fourth place (2:11.30).<BR><BR>Milkovich not only scored points in the triple jump, but in two other events as well. He raced to a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles (17.10 seconds) and wound up fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.40).<BR><BR>The Wolves had three sixth-place relays, scoring points in the 3,200, 400 and 1,600 events.<BR><BR>Ely’s Travis Cunningham was sixth in the 3,200 run (11:23.90) and Mike Krunkkala took seventh in the 200 dash (24.40).<BR><BR>At the Doc Savage meet, Milkovich won the triple jump (38-11), while Bialke, Hall and the Krunkkalas teamed up to place third in the 800 relay (1:37.5).<BR><BR>The Wolves also scored in the following events:<BR><BR>• 3,200 relay - 7. Mike Pettit, Cunningham, McDonald, John Eininger, 9:33;<BR><BR>• 400 run - 8. Hall, 53.9;<BR><BR>• 200 dash - 8. Mike Krunkkala, 24.3;<BR><BR>• 3,200 run - 6. Cunningham, 11:02.9;<BR><BR>• 1,600 relay - 7. Eininger, Shultz, Bialke, Hall, 3:45.9;<BR><BR>• Shot put - 7. Bialke, 42-7.<BR><BR>