I want to thank all of the volunteers that made it possible for Nikiski High School to host the Region 3 3A/4A Track and Field Meet on May 10 and 11. We were able to host over 400 athletes thanks to the community coming together to make it happen. There were literally hundreds of hour spent shoveling snow and snow blowing to turn this meet into a reality. Coach Riddall lent me his weight lifters to wield shovels for the better part of a week. Sharon Thompson put her time into setting up the high jump area. Coach Adair had the track team working out their arms after practice for the past 3 weeks. Volunteer Coach Tim Johnson spent many hours running his snow blower and preparing the throwing venue.
The number of volunteers on race day was quite stunning to see. I will attempt to list them, but I apologize if I miss anyone: Russ Schreckenghost, Tom Huffer, Jim Coburn, John Dahlgren, Pat Cunningham, Mike and Kiska Janecek, Margie Warner, Dale Ewart, Kent Peterson, John O’Brien, Dan Carstens, Al Howard, Shane Bostic, Randy Sparks, Barry Hartman, Tiffany Lopez, Taylor Holloway, Alyssa Darch, Bryce Leighton, Kade Anderson, Henia and Matthew Minium, Emily Berry, Haley Riddall, Rachel Thompson, Tasha Thompson, Glynes and Jeff Gerrior, Deb Carstens, Anna Widman, Adam Anders, Dave Brown, Holly Jones, Sari Anderson, Joe Gardner, Steven Davis, Crystal Leighton, the Nikiski Football team and the countless coaches and athletes that helped out throughout the event.
Thanks to the Uptown Motel for donating rooms for some of our workers that volunteered to travel down from Anchorage and Palmer.
And lastly, thanks to Charlie’s Pizza for their assistance with helping to feed the volunteers.