First day success for athletes at Skyview Invite

The first of the two-day Skyview Invitational track and field competition featured mostly preliminary races Friday afternoon at Skyview high school, and local athletes did not disappoint.


In the girls 3,200-meter run, junior Laura Dyer from Seward was the top Kenai Peninsula athlete, finishing fifth with a time of 12 minutes, 41.93 seconds, less than a minute behind winner Claire Trujillo of Grace Christian.

“It felt really good, it felt really fast the last couple of laps,” Dyer said. “I tried to at least stay with people that are close to my speed, and feed off of them and their energy, and then go on my own the last few laps and push through the pain.”

In the boys 3,200-meter, another Seward runner topped Peninsula athletes, as junior Miles Knotek finished fourth with a time of 10:14.88. Kodiak's Cole Christiansen won at 9:53.20.

“This was definitely the warmest race of the year so far, so it felt good to be running fast again, and really picking up the times,” Knotek said. “(The heat) is definitely something to consider, I mean, last week the entire infield was snow.”

Knotek said he would like to make it to state a month from now, and the time he posted would usually do it.

In the boys long jump, Nikiski senior Sayyid Parrish finished second with a jump of 19 feet, 4.5 inches. Donovan Drew won the event at 20 feet, 5.5 inches.

 “I was hoping to get 20 (feet) today, it’s a nice day and everything,” Parrish said. “If I jump 20 feet, that would be nice. I’m hoping to break the school record.”

Parrish also qualified for the boys 100- and 200-meter finals Saturday, with times of 12.47 and 24.68, respectively.

In the girls discus throw, junior Cara Davidson of Cook Inlet Academy topped all athletes with a throw of 110 feet, 3 inches, and Soldotna senior Lagi Wong finished second with a throw of 105 feet.

CIA freshman Madison Orth won the girls long jump with a 15-foot, 2-inch effort, and Homer sophomore Tayla Cabana finished second, 4 inches short of Orth’s jump.

Sophomore Zach Taplin of CIA finished third to lead Peninsula athletes in the boys shot put, with a lob that measured 44 feet, 8 inches. Grace Christian's Dane Walker won at 47 feet, 3.5 inches. In the boys high jump, sophomore Seth Carstens finished second with a jump of 5 feet, 10 inches. Augustus Simmers of Anchorage Christian Schools won at 6 feet.


3200 METERS – 1. Cole Christiansen, Kod, 9:53.20; 2. Levi Thomet, Kod, 9:53.35; 3. Andrey Ionashku, Del, 9:58.76; 4. Miles Knotek, Sew, 10:14.88; 5. Julian McCarthy, Kod, 10:15.11; 6. Lyon Kopsack, Col, 10:17.46.

SHOT PUT – 1. Dane Walker, Gra, 47’03-1/2”; 2. Erik Johnson, Gra, 46’08-1/2; 3. Zach Taplin, CIA, 44’08; 4. Grant George, Gra, 42’02-1/2; 5. Liam Juhl, Tvs, 40’03; 6. JoeBen Hawkins, Sky, 40’02-1/2.

HIGH JUMP – 1. Augustus Simmers, ACS, 6’0”; 2. Seth Carstens, Nik, 5’10; 3. Matthew Moore, Sew, 5’6; 4. Jay Ulen, Sol, 5’6; 5. Michael Manifo, Kod, 5’4; 6. Ben Chase, Val, 5’4.

LONG JUMP – 1. Donovan Drew, Del, 20’05-1/2”; 2. Sayyid Parrish, Nik, 19’04-1/2; 3. Tanner Mulkins, Col, 18’09; 4. River Calloway, Sol, 18’04; 5. Albert White, Sky, 18’00-3/4; 6. Jared Smith, Del, 16’11-1/2.


3200 METERS – 1. Claire Trujillo, Gra, 11:47.08; 2. Adriane Horn, Kod, 12:28.49; 3. Kailey Wilson, KeL, 12:29.52; 4. Leah Cawthorn, Kod, 12:36.73; 5. Laura Dyer, Sew, 12:41.93; 6. Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Ken, 12:48.71.

DISCUS – 1. Cara Davidson, CIA, 110’03”; 2. Lagi Wong, Sol, 105’00; 3. Tessa Adelmann, Sew, 94’05; 4. Sara Richardson, Gra, 93’10; 5. Hannah Cristiano, Sol, 91’08; 6. Marissa Mahan, Sky, 91’03.

LONG JUMP – 1. Madison Orth, CIA, 15’02”; 2. Tayla Cabana, Hom, 14’10; 3. Olivia Jaconette, ACS, 14’05-1/2; 4. Marlee Cunningham, Sky, 14’03-1/2; 5. Mariah Ulen, Sol, 14’02; 6. Hannah Barcus, Ken, 13’10-3/4.



















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