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SkyHi boys take second in region track meet

Posted: May 12, 2012 - 11:06pm

PALMER — A pair of teams found a good way to say goodbye to the Region III/4A meet.
Skyview dominated the sprints en route to a second-place finish in the teams standings. Houston junior Ben Bayne swept the hurdle events, and Houston earned a pair of major awards after the Hawks placed fifth in the boys’ standings of the Region III Championships at Palmer High School.
Houston, which will compete at the 3A level with Skyview starting next season, finished with 67 points in the team standings, one point shy of host Palmer.
“It was a good farewell,” said Houston head coach Pat Egelus, who was named the boys coach of the year. “I thought we put together a pretty good meet.”
Bayne was named the boys’ most outstanding athlete of the meet after wins in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He set a personal record in both events.
“I felt pretty confident. Yesterday I PR’d in both events. Today I just PR’d again, by a lot,” Bayne said.
Bayne won the 110 hurdles in 16.90 seconds, and used a time of 41.76 to finish first in the 300 hurdles. Last year, as a sophomore, Bayne finished eighth in the 110-meter finals at the region meet. He didn’t qualify for the final round in the 300 after finishing 11th in the preliminaries.
“That was great for Ben. He’s always had incredible hurdle form, but this year his speed kind of came around,” Egelus said. “It’s really impressive.”
Houston also had success in the sprints. Junior Charlie Buzby finished second in both the 100 and 200, barely edged in both races. Senior Colton Buzby was second in the 400. The Hawks were also the runner-up in the 400 and 800 relays.
For Skyview, it was all about the sprints.
Skyview’s Jasen Suonvieri won the 100 meters, while teammate Albert White won gold in the 200. Skyview also won three relay events. Suonvieri, White, Richard Reynolds and JoeBen Hawkins combined to win the 400 and 800 relays, while Reynolds, White, Micah Hilbish and Cody Williams teamed to finish first in the 1,600 relay. Those wins accounted for 50 of Skyview’s 80 points.
While Bayne has emerged as the top athlete in the hurdles in the region, Palmer senior Joe Day has transformed from a hurdler to the top runner in the 800 in the state. Day, won of only two athletes to break the 2-minute mark in the 800 meters in Alaska this season, won the event with a time of 1:59.96.
“I decided I was going to do more than hurdles,” Day said.
Day and fellow Palmer senior Mason Minturn are the only two Alaska runners to break two minutes this season. Minturn finished second in the preliminaries on Friday and third in the finals on Saturday. Day said having Minturn around to push him is key.
“It’s a big deal,” Day said. “We kind of end up turning workouts into races sometimes.”
Kenai senior AJ Hull led the Kardinals with a win in the long jump and a third-place finish in the 100.
Also from the peninsula, Jay Ulen earned an automatic state bid by winning the high jump.
Day and Minturn also combined with Andrew Liebing and Chris Osiensky to help Palmer post a second-place finish in the 3,200 relay.
Wasilla senior Devon Teeling led the Warriors to a third-place finish by sweeping the throwing events for the second straight year. Teeling used a toss of 141 feet, 6.5 inches to win the discus and beat runner-up Ben Self of Palmer by about 15 feet. Teeling hit 49-0.5 in the discus. Wasilla junior William Harren was second in the event.
After missing a portion of the season due to injury, Wasilla senior Tyler Anderson returned to win the boys’ triple jump and finish third in the 200.
Colony placed sixth in the team standings. Jordan Black finished second in the triple jump and Tanner Mulkins was second in the long jump for the Knights.
 
Region III Track and Field Championships
Friday-Saturday, Palmer High
 
Boys team scores:
1.     Kodiak 120; 2. Skyview 80; 3. Wasilla 76; 4. Palmer 68; 5. Houston 67; 6. Colony 56; 7. Kenai 27; 8. Homer 19; 9. Soldotna 13.
Boys individual results:
100 meters — 1. J. Suonvieri, Sky 11.59; 2. C. Buzby, Hou 11.60; 3. A. Hull, Ken 11.62; 4. T. Mulkins, Col 12.00; 5. V. Aumavae, Pal 12.02; 6. J. Corpuz, Kod 12.05; 7. T. Smith, Hom 12.07; 8. J. Nisbett, Pal 12.14.
200 — 1. A. White, Sky 23.52; 2. C. Buzby, Hou 23.57; 3. T. Anderson, Was 24.39; 4. T. Smith, Hom 24.65; 5. G. Hartsock, Pal 24.70; 6. M. Manifo, Kod 24.74; 7. V. Aumavae, Pal 25.05; 8. B. Smithwick, Ken 25.72.
400 — 1. J. Fogle, Kod 52.00; 2. C. Buzby, Hou 52.10; 3. R. Reynolds, Sky 53.27; 4. D. Bilafer, Col 53.40; 5. R. Calloway, Sol 53.79; 6. K. Thompson, Was 53.94; 7. J. Black, Col 56.82; 8. A. Carstens, Kod 57.72.
 800 — 1. J. Day, Pal 1:59.96; 2. J. Fogle, Kod 2:02.58; 3. M. Minturn, Pal 2:03.58; 4. B. Schafer, Col 2:04.35; 5. C. Christiansen, Kod 2:05.38; 6. A. Mole, Ken 2:05.72; 7. M. Hilbish, Sky 2:06.34; 8. C. Sessom, Col 2:13.89.
1,600 — 1. C. Christiansen, Col 4:38.76; 2. L. Thomet, Kod 4:39.72; 3. M. Hilbish, Sky 4:40.12; 4. B. Schafer, Col 4:41.45; 5. J. Thiesen, Ken 4:42.85; 6. M. Minturn, Pal 4:46.51; 7. C. Sessom, Col 4:46.71; 8. L. Kopsack, Col 4:46.91.
3,200 — 1. L. Thomet, Kod 9:38.99; 2. C. Christiansen, Kod 9:39.00; 3. J. McCarthy, Kod 10:11; 4. L. Kopsack, Col 10:15; 5. N. Ripley, Was 10:20; 6. C. Osiensky, Pal 10:22; 7. C. Williams, Sky 10:29; 8. B. Schafer, Col 10:31.
110 hurdles — 1. B. Bayne, Hou 16.90; 2. M. McGregor, Hom 17.27; 3. J. Sandahl, Ken 17.32; 4. N. Sterns, Kod 17.85; 5. L. Wright, Pal 18.08; 6. T. Canete, Kod 18.58; 7. B. Sparks, Sky 18.59; 8. M. Bullerdick, Sky 19.12.
300 hurdles — 1. B. Bayne, Hou 41.76; 2. M. Rilatos, Was 44.20; 3. B. Sparks, Sky 44.37; 4. K. Frick, Was 44.98; 5. N. Sterns, Kod 45.20; 6. T. Canete, Kod 45.71; 7. C. Seay, Hom 45.72.
400 relay — 1. Skyview (R. Reynolds, J. Hawkins, A. White, J. Suonvieri) 45.40; 2. Houston 46.16; 3. Palmer 45.64; 4. Kodiak 46.92; 5. Colony 47.66; 6. Homer 48.82; 7. Wasilla 49.41.
800 relay — 1. Skyview (R. Reynolds, J. Hawkins, A. White, J. Suonvieri) 1:34.32; 2. Houston 1:35.37; 3. Palmer 1:35.87; 4. Colony 1:38.90; 5. Kodiak 1:39.84.
1,600 relay — 1. Skyview (R. Reynolds, M. Hilbish, C. Williams, A. White) 3:35.12; 2. Kodiak 3:38.21; 3. Palmer 3:38:45; 4. Colony 3:49.55; 5. Wasilla 3:55.07; 6. Houston 3:58.17; 7. Kenai 4:00.33; 8. Homer 4:08:77.
3,200 relay — 1. Kodiak 8:14.17; 2. Palmer 8:14.89; 3. Houston 9:29.; 4. Skyivew 9:57.23.
High jump — 1. J. Ulen, Sol 5-8; 2. M. Manifo, Kod 5-6; 3. N. Ripley, Was 5-4; 4. K. McCoy, Col 5-2; 5. K. Wantenabe, Pal 5-0.
Long jump — 1. A. Hull, Ken 20-4.25; 2. T. Mulkins, Col 19-5.5; 3. T. Smith, Hom 19-2.75; 4. D. Adams, Pal 18-2; 5. N. Sterns, Pal 18-2; 6. R. Calloway, Sol 17-8.5; 7. J. Zahradnick, Kod 16-8.5; 8. J. Ulen, Sol 16-5.75.
Triple jump — 1. T. Anderson, Was 41-0.5; 2. J. Black, Col 40-4.5; 3. M. Rilatos, Was 39-1; 4. M. Manifo, Kod 37.11.5; 5. N. Sterns, Kod 37-8; 6. J. Zahradnicek, Kod 37-5.75; 7. D. Adams, Pal 37-1.25; 8. J. Richey Hou 36-8.75.
Shot put — 1. D. Teeling, Was 49-0.5; 2. W. Harren, Was 45-11; 3. A. Rodriguez, Sky 44-11.75; 4. B. Self, Pal 44-5; 5. M. Sega, Kod 41-7.5; 6. L. Sega, Kod 40-4.5; 7. H. Niekamp, Pal 39-6.75; 8. J. Hawkins, Sky 39-3.5.
Discus — 1. D. Teeling, Was 141-6.5; 2. B. Self, Pal 126-7; 3. F. Summers, Col 116-10; 4. L. Sega, Kod 116-5.5; 5. J. Hawkins, Sky 116-5; 6. M. Comer, Was 114-5; 7. A. Rodriguez, Sky 112-7; 8. J. Niekamp, Pal 109-11.

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