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Wasilla's Dampier authors a meet for history

Warrior wins 100, 200, 400, 800

Posted: May 12, 2012 - 11:07pm

PALMER — Forget the record books. Morgan Dampier is cementing herself in the history books.

The Wasilla senior standout won four running events to lead the Warriors to their third straight region team title during the Region III Championships track and field meet at Palmer High School on Saturday.

Dampier finished first in the 100-, 200-, 400- and 800-meter events, and amazed everyone who braved the wind and frigid conditions in Palmer.

“I think it’s one of the most prominent track accomplishments that I know (of) by a long ways,” said Mike Janecek, a former Palmer High coach and activities director, and longtime supporter of the sport in Alaska. “It’s very likely one of the top three track and field accomplishments I know of.”

Janecek said he’s seen plenty of double, or event triple, winners. There have been athletes who have won events in the field and the track, or added relay victories with individual wins.

“Not four events. Not four on the track,” Janecek said.

Dampier even continues to amaze those who know her the best. Wasilla head coach Gary Howell said Dampier’s attempt at the four-event sweep had as much to do with putting her team in the best position for a second straight state team title as it did for the individual glory.

“This gives her teammates the best opportunity to win a state title. We can use her as the most dangerous weapon possible,” Howell said. “As selfish as it might look, it’s a byproduct of a decision to try to go after the (team title) at the state meet.”

By competing in these four events at the region meet, it guarantees Dampier will race in the same four events next week at the state championships in Fairbanks. 

“Regions was kind of our guinea pig,” Dampier said moments after winning her fourth race of the day. “If you can do it at regions, we can do it at state. I guess I proved I can do it.”

Dampier said as far back as last year, Howell had tossed around the idea of running her in the four prominent running events in the region and state meets.

“Last year, he was kind of like, wouldn’t it be something if you could win four events? First I thought, yeah, good one Howell, good joke,” Dampier said. “This season, I felt strong. I started thinking, let’s try it.”

Dampier, who will run at Division I Sacramento State in California next fall, first tried it during the Junior/Senior Championships in Anchorage late in the regular season. In a meet that featured only upperclassman from the Anchorage area and Wasilla, Dampier swept the 100, 200, 400 and 800.

“The Anchorage invite was cold and windy. The conditions were bad. We wanted to use it as a good workout, preview to regions. Anchorage was a preview to regions. Regions was a preview to state,” Dampier said.

Dampier was virtually uncontested in the four races. She started by winning the 100 with a time of 13.10 seconds and continued with a time of 58.58 in the 400, her third best in the 400 this season.

Later in the afternoon, Dampier recorded a 2:23.84 in the 800, an event she holds the state record in. She capped her day with a time of 26.23 in the 200.

Dampier, who was named the girls most outstanding athlete of the meet following the competition, helped Wasilla notch the three-peat in lopsided fashion. Wasilla finished with 151 total points in the team standings, more than second-place Soldotna (82) and third-place Palmer (65) combined.

Junior Alysha Devine also won an individual event for the Warriors, the 300-meter hurdles. The race marked only the fourth time this year that Devine has participated in the event in an official competition, Howell said.

“That was just inspiring,” said Howell, who was named the girls’ coach of the year. “She’s just a game-day athlete.”

Wasilla also won a pair of relay events, the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Jenna Ford, Peggy Mathis, Jessica Pahkala and Mariah Burroughs teamed to win the 1,600 relay. Ford, Devine, Mariah Burroughs and Riley Burroughs won the 3,200 relay for the Warriors.

For Soldotna, Mariah Ulen won the 100 hurdles and high jump, Jelly Nolden won the long jump and Lagi Wong won the shot put. The Stars won the 800 relay.

Hannah Barcus won the triple jump for the Kardinals.

The Palmer Moose also scored a big relay win. Molly Osiensky, Taylor Blake, Jamie Van Hoomissen and Tress Whitfield combined to win the 400 relay by about two seconds. Houston finished second.

Palmer senior Rachael Huffman earned her first region title, winning the discus with a throw of 106 feet, 3 inches. Huffman was also third in the shot put. Blake finished second in the shot put for the Moose.

Colony junior Audrey Michaelson led the Knights with a pair of wins. Michaelson used a late push during the last lap in each event to win both the 1,600 and 3,200. 

Claire Gillespie led the Houston girls with a second-place finish in the triple jump.

 

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman sports editor Jeremiah Bartz at sports@frontiersman.com.

 

Region III Track and Field Championships

Friday-Saturday, Palmer High

 

Girls team scores:

1. Wasilla 151; 2. Soldotna 82; 3. Palmer 65; 4. Colony 61; 5. Kenai 54; 6. Kodiak 50; 7. Skyview 26; 8. Houston 25; 9. Homer 18.

Girls individual results:

100 meters — 1. M. Dampier, Was 13.10; 2. T. Holen, Hou 13.52; 3. M. Wilkins, Kod 13.76; 4. J. Nolden, Sol 13.82; 5. T. Blake, Pal 13.86; 6. K. Fisher, Sky 13.89; 7. B. Mucha, Sol 14.22; 8. S. Roumagoux, Sky 14.41.

200 — 1. M. Dampier, Was 26.23; 2. P. Mathis, Was 26.77; 3. B. Mucha, Sol 27.57; 4. A. Saxon, Col 28.15; 5. S. Roumagoux, Sky 28.64; 6. K. Harding, Ken 28.87; 7. K. Nolden, Sol 28.92.

400 — 1. M. Dampier, Was 58.58; 2. P. Mathis, Was 59.77; 3. B. Mucha, Sol 1:02.79; 4. M. Wilkins, Kod 1:03.12; 5. C. Cox, Col 1:03.80; 6. M. Osiensky, Pal 1:06.10; 7. T. Haan, Col 1:07.62.

800 — 1. M. Dampier, Was 2:23.84; 2. M. Burroughs, Was 2:25.25; 3. A. Michaelson, Col 2:27.51; 4. B. Beeson, Ken 2:28.34; 5. J. Pahkala, Was 2:29.28; 6. C. Cox, Col 2:33.35; 7. W. Schlenker, Pal 2:34.07; 8. R. Burroughs, Was 2:39.84.

1,600 — 1. A. Michaelson, Col 5:13.95; 2. P. Mathis, Was 5:14.04; 3. J. Pahkala, Was 5:28.75; 4. J. Ford, Was 5:29.47; 5. M. Thompson, Col 5:31.89; 6. S. Contraras, Pal 5:44.90; 7. D. McCormick, Sol 5:44.90; 8. L. Cawthorn, Kod 5:45.30.

 3,200 — 1. A. Michaelson, Col 11:21; 2. J. Ford, Was 11:32; 3. M. Thompson, Col 12:02; 4. L. Cawthorn, Kod 12:16; 5. S. Contraras, Pal 12:18; 6. A> Horn, Kod 12:39; 7. N. Schmitter-Schrier, Ken 12:48; 8. H. Bohman, Pal 12:49. 

 100 hurdles — 1. M. Ulen, Sol 16.81; 2. L. Sandahl, Ken 17:21; 3. S. Armstrong, Kod 17:29; 4. N. Lautrup, Col 17.66; 5. B. Schinder, Ken 17.81; 6. R. Siscar, Kod 18.03; 7. S. Roumagoux, Sky 18.39; 8. C. Neill, Sky 18.60.

 300 hurdles — 1. A. Devine, Was 49.01; 2. L. Sandahl, Ken 50.11; 3. E. Fichtner, Was 50.67; 4. M. Barnett, Kod 51.26; 5. N. Lautrup, Col 51.49; 6. B. Schindler, Ken 51.94; 7. S. Ng, Kod 52.71; 8. M. Ulen, Sol 53.34.

 400 relay — 1. Palmer (M. Osiensky, T. Blake, J. Van Hoomissen, T. Whitfield) 53.57; 2. Houston 55.56; 3. Colony 56.28; 4. Skyview 56.81; 5. Wasilla 57.28.

 800 relay — 1. Soldotna (J. Nolden, D. McCormick, M. Ulen, B. Mucha) 1:52.50; 2. Palmer 1:52.52; 3. Kodiak 1:54.06; 4. Skyview 1:55.66; 5. Colony 1:57.73; 6. Houston 1:57.81; 7. Wasilla 1:59.38; 8. Homer 1:59.61.

 1,600 relay — 1. Wasilla (J. Ford, P. Mathis, J. Pahkala, M. Burroughs) 4:16.85; 2. Kenai 4:22.13; 3. Kodiak 4:25.86; 4. Palmer 4:30.33; 5. Homer 4:44.84; 6. Colony 4:46.23; 7. Skyview 5:05.23.

 3,200 relay — 1. Wasilla (J. Ford, M. Burroughs, R. Burroughs, A. Devine) 10:07.01; 2. Kenai 10:16.65; 3. Palmer 10:21.51; 4. Kodiak 10:24.68; 5. Colony 11:33.52; 6. Homer 11:57.21; 7. Skyivew 12:50.99.

High jump — 1. M. Ulen, Sol 4-10; 2. M. Barnett, Kod 4-8; 3. K. Fisher, Sky 4-6; 3. (tie) K. Skjold, Sol 4-6;  3. (tie) K. Harding, Ken 4-6; 6. J. Jaronik, Col 4-6; 7. A. Kausal, Pal 4-6; 8. A. Saxon, Col 4-4.

Long jump — 1. J. Nolden, Sol 14-9.5; 2. T. Cabana, Hom 14-4; 3. E. Groseclose, Pal 14-2.75; 4. C. Peterson, Sol 14-1.75; 5. M. Cunningham, Sky 13-11; 6. D. Frank, Hom 13-7; 7. C. Soistman, Hom 13-4.25; 8. C. Crane, Hom 13-3.75.

Triple jump — 1. H. Barcus, Ken 30-7.5; 2. C. Gillespie, Hou 30-6.5; 3. C. Soistman, Hom 30-0.5; 4. A. Devine, Was 29-8.5; 5. C. Peterson, Sol 29-8.25; 6. M. Cunningham, Sky 29-7; 7. C. Williams, Col 29-5; 8. S. Wells, Hou 28-10.

Shot put — 1. L. Wong, Sol 37-1; 2. T. Blake, Pal 36-5.25; 3. R. Huffman, Pal 35-10.75; 4. S. Tuisaula, Was 33-4.5; 5. A. Imoe, Was 31-1.5; 6. K. Owens, Pal 30-10.5; 7. M. Mahan, Sky 30-1.5; 8. K. Swenson, Col 30-1.

Discus — 1. R. Huffman, Pal 106-03; 2. A. Imoe, Was 100-06; 3. H. Cristiano, Sol 96-4; 4. M. Mahan, Sky 91-09; 5. K. Swenson, Col 90-03; 6. S. Tuisaula, Was 90-01; 7. T. Sega, Kod 89-08; 8. S. Dodds, Hou 87-05.

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