Area athletes ready for state track meet

Last weekend, at the Region III Track and Field Championship meet in Nikiski, the audience saw Kenai runner Allie Ostrander run two championship-worthy races. On Friday, the sophomore ran the fastest 3,200 meters any high school girl has run in the state of Alaska, and on Saturday, she ran 1,600 meters in under five minutes — only the third Alaska girl to accomplish such a feat.


It would be a no-brainer to believe that she is primed to do it again this weekend in Fairbanks at the ASAA State Championships, but since she is committed to helping the Kenai girls soccer team reach for another state championship berth in that sport, she will be absent.

That leaves the door open for other Peninsula athletes to take center stage at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks. Athletes such as Luke Michael of Soldotna, who swept the boys sprint events at the region meet.

Michael, a senior, won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes in the Class 4A meet, an impressive feat for any individual, and his time of 51.69 seconds in the 400 ranks as the third-fastest in the state this year.

The Soldotna girls Region III champion 3,200 relay team also have a chance at capturing a state crown. The team — consisting of Daisy Nelson, Olivia Hutchings, Sadie Fox and Dani McCormick — currently holds the top time in the state this year, which they clocked at the region meet in 9:52.47, over seven seconds quicker than the next fastest time.

The feat is even more remarkable when each member’s age is realized. Nelson and Hutchings are both freshmen, and Fox and McCormick are sophomores. The same girls also comprise SoHi’s state-bound 1,600 relay team.

Senior Jay Ulen should score a plethora of points for SoHi in the boys high jump — in which he is ranked third in the state with a 6-foot-1-inch leap — and the long jump.

Senior Kaillee Skjold mirrors Ulen in the high jump on the girls side, being ranked seventh in the state with a leap of 4—10.

As for Kenai Central, the relay teams will be relied upon for point-scoring opportunities.

The girls Region III champion 400 relay clocked the fourth-fastest time in the state last weekend at 53.55 seconds, and was composed of Lexi McKinstry, Kyla Whannell, Kiana Harding and Leah Sandahl.

The team is similar to the SoHi girls in the fact that they too are very young. McKinstry is a freshman and Whannell and Harding are both sophomores. Sandahl is the lone senior.

Add in freshman Jessie McNamara to the girls 800 relay (replacing McKinstry), and the Kards have a lot to look forward to in the future.

This year, though, is the swan song for Sandahl, who is eligible for five events at state but can compete in just four — the girls 400, 800 and 1,600 relays, the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. Sandahl has the ninth-fastest time in the state in the hurdles this year at 16.84 seconds.

Harding will compete in four events at state — the girls high jump and triple jump, and the two aforementioned relays. She is ranked third in the high jump at 5—1, only an inch below the top leap.

Sophomore Hannah Barcus will be making the trip to state in two events — the girls triple jump and long jump, and is an alternate in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays. Barcus holds the seventh-best long jump this year (15—5 1-4), and the eighth-best triple (32—9 1/4).

The Theisen twins, both sophomores, should make a splash in the distance events.

Jonah Theisen finished second in the boys 1,600 last week by besting his personal record by over 11 seconds, in a time of 4:28.21. Only two other runners hold faster times than that this year in Alaska, and according to Kenai coach Tim Sandahl, it gave Theisen the school record.

His brother, Jordan, currently holds the eighth-fastest 3,200 this season (10:01.2), and could possibly break that coveted 10-minute mark.

On the 3A level, Skyview will be bringing 16 total athletes, but what is really impressive is that the Panthers qualified every one of their relay teams to state.

The relay that seems to hold the best chance at bringing home the gold is the girls 800 team, composed of Hayley Ramsell, Sidney Roumagoux, Marlee Cunningham and Kaylee Fisher. Ramsell and Fisher are sophomores and Roumagoux and Cunningham are seniors.

In the girls 400 relay, the only different member will be sophomore Heather Tolliver, who will replace Ramsell.

Cunningham, a senior, qualified for state in the girls triple and long jumps, as well as the relays. Fisher also will race in the 100 and 200 dashes.

Sophomore Tim Duke has been fast all season long, and will be making the trip in four events, his best ones being the boys 110 and 300 hurdles.

In the 110 hurdles, Duke holds a time of 15.54 seconds, and in the 300 hurdles, a time of 41.11, which ranks him fifth in the state in both events.

Homer will be bringing 16 athletes as well, led by such names as Tayla Cabana, Mark McGregor and Aurora Waclawski.

Cabana qualified for four events — the girls long jump, the 400, the 300 hurdles and will take part in the 1,600 relay.

Mark McGregor holds the 13th-fastest state time in the 110-meter hurdles, and will also be in the discus throw and the boys 800 relay.

Pedro Ochoa could be dangerous in the boys 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Ochoa has shown steady progress throughout the year in those events.

Last weekend’s host, Nikiski, will be bringing a few gems to the state meet.

Senior Seth Carstens is ranked in a three-way tie for fourth in the state in the boys high jump, leaping to a height of 6—0 at the borough meet two weeks ago in Homer.

Senior Lincoln Johnson and his freshman brother, Luke, are both qualified in the shot put and discus events. Lincoln holds the ninth-longest discus throw in the state this year and the 13th-longest shot put.

Last week, it was Luke getting the better of his older brother, grabbing second-place honors in the shot put, while Lincoln was third.

Seward’s top prospect at state is senior Tessa Adelmann, who is ranked third in the entire state in both girls throwing events.

In the discus, Adelmann holds a top toss of 107—9, and a heave of 36—7 1-2 in the shot put, where she has won state the last two years.

Senior Miles Knotek is a distance ace, and qualified for state in the boys 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Knotek ran the state’s fourth-fastest 3,200 time last week in Nikiski, winning the 3A boys race with a time of 9:56.86.

Like Skyview, Seward qualified every one of their relay teams to state.

Cook Inlet Academy’s Zach Taplin and Madison Orth more than make up for the school’s small size.

Taplin holds the second-longest throws in the state in both discus and shot put events, and Orth is third on the list of top 100-meter hurdlers with a time of 16.51 seconds, only behind two Dimond athletes. CIA’s Cara Davidson goes into the meet second, behind only Adelmann. Davidson has won the last two discus titles.

State meet qualifiers

4A level athletes

Kenai Central (18) —Hannah Barcus, triple jump, long jump, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Lucas Casebeer, triple jump, 100M, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Cipriana Castellano, shot put; Travis Cooper, 800M, 1600 relay; Jason Daniels, 100M, 800 relay; Austin Fredric, 800 relay; Kiana Harding, high jump, triple jump, 400 relay, 800 relay; Jake Kirsch, 800 relay; Lexi McKinstry, 100M, 200M, 400 relay, 800 relay; Jessie McNamara, 300 hurdles, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Fox Michaud, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Leah Sandahl, 100 hurdles, 200M, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Beverly Schindler, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1600 relay; Brad Smithwick, 200M, 400M, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Jonah Theisen, 800M, 1600M, 1600 relay; Jordan Theisen, 3200M, 1600M, 1600 relay; Kyla Whannell, 400M, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay.

Soldotna (15) — Hailey Ames, high jump; Shayley Anderson, 400 relay, 800 relay; Sadie Fox, 3200M, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Kiana Hendricks, shot put; McKayla Hensley, 400M, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Olivia Hutchings, 1600M, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Hailee Landess, 100M, 200M, 400 relay, 800 relay; Dani McCormick, 800M, 800 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Luke Michael, 100M, 200M, 400M; Daisy Nelson, long jump, 400M, 400 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Jelly Nolden, long jump, 100M, 400 relay, 800 relay; Hannah Pothast, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Kaillee Skjold, high jump, triple jump, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Jay Ulen, high jump, long jump, 110 hurdles; McKayla Wong, discus, shot put, 400 relay, 800 relay.

1-2-3A level athletes

Cook Inlet Academy (3) — Cara Davidson, discus throw; Madison Orth, 100 hurdles, triple jump, long jump; Zach Taplin, shot put, discus.

Homer (16) — Abigale Brant, 800 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Tayla Cabana, 400M, 300 hurdles, long jump, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Kyle Carrol, 800 relay; Crystal Crane, 800 relay; Casey Farrell, 3200M, 1600M, 3200 relay;Barae Hirsch, 3200M, 3200 relay; Mark McGregor, discus, 110 hurdles, 800 relay; Molly Mitchell, 800M, 800 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Pedro Ochoa, 800M, 1600M, 3200M; Sam Reinert, 400M, 800 relay, high jump; Connor Seay, 300 hurdles, 800 relay; Azizza Shemet-Pitcher, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Elsa Simmons, 800 relay; Cassidy Soistman, 800 relay, 1600 relay, triple jump; Aurora Waclawski, 400M, 800M, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Peyton Wilson, 800 relay.

Nikiski (11) — Tristin Apted, 400 relay; Seth Carstens, 200M, high jump, 400 relay; Jesse Cobb, 400 relay; Michael Hollinger, 400 relay; Lincoln Johnson, shot put, discus, 400 relay; Luke Johnson, shot put, high jump, 400 relay; Arianne Parrish, 400 relay, 800 relay; Kerry Ross, 100M, 400 relay, 800 relay; Alexa Schmidt, 400 relay, 800 relay; Jeanelee Stock, 400 relay, 800 relay; Sienna Wallis, 400 relay, 800 relay

Ninilchik (2) — Robin Riley, high jump, long jump; Jack Wheeler, triple jump, high jump, long jump

Seward (26) — Tessa Adelmann, discus, shot put; Iris Anderson, 800 relay; Preston Atwood, 100M, 400M, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Isabel Barnwell, 3200 relay, 1600 relay; Hayden Beard, 110 hurdles; Paxson Berry, 1600 relay; Tannen Berry, 300 hurdles, 800 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Josephine Braun, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Emily Brockman, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 relay, 800 relay; Jessica Degnan, 400 relay, 800 relay; Laura Dyer, 3200M, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Alex Estes, 400 relay, 800 relay; Brooke Estes, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Dylan Gillespie, 3200 relay; Howie Hubbard, shot put; Miles Knotek, 1600M, 3200M, 3200 relay; Laura Kromrey, discus; Lindsay Kromrey, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Michael Marshall, 800M, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Brandon Moore, 3200 relay; Matthew Moore, high jump, 400M, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Peter Mow, 400 relay, 800 relay; Alice Pfeiffenberger, 800 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Ruth Powell, 400 relay, 800 relay; Rico Stiebner, 400 relay, 800 relay; Jerry Swanson, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay.

Skyview (23) —Adrian Cana (Johnson), 400 relay, 800 relay; Meika Chythlook, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; DJ Collier, triple jump, long jump, 400 relay, 800 relay; Abby Cook, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Marlee Cunningham, triple jump, long jump, 400 relay, 800 relay; Emily Dipaolo, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Tim Duke, high jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 relay, 800 relay; Kelty Fair, 1600 relay; Kaylee Fisher, 100M, 200M, 400 relay, 800 relay; Charles Gibbons, 400 relay, 800 relay, 3200 relay; Chad Harley, 1600 relay; Micah Hilbish, 400M, 800M, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Brittany Hollers, 3200 relay; Gabe Holley, shot put; Brenner Musgrave, 400 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Casey Neill, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Hayley Ramsell, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1600 relay; Brandon Rice, 400 relay, 800 relay, 3200 relay; Sidney Roumagoux, 100M, 200M, 400 relay, 800 relay; Sky Schlung, 800 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Daniel Shuler, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Lisa Shulz, 1600 relay, 3200 relay; Heather Tolliver, 400 relay, 800 relay.


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