Soldotna’s Jay Ulen and Seward’s Tessa Adelmann won events Friday and Saturday at the Brian Young Invitational in Kodiak. The meet brings together the best track and field athletes from across the state.
Adelmann, who won the shot put and discus at the Class 1-2-3A state meet this year, kept right on rolling in Kodiak. She won the shot put in 35 feet, 9 inches, beating the 34—9 of Anastasia Lavern-Tosi of Dimond. In the discus, Lavern-Tosi returned the favor — barely. Both are listed at 113—6, but Lavern-Tosi is listed with the victory.
Ulen leapt 6—1 to win the high jump. Lathrop’s Tevin Gladden was second at 6—0. Ulen also finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 18—5, while Kodiak’s Michael Ma’inifo went 21—2 1-2 to win. Ulen was 11th in the 100.
In the team scores, Soldotna led the Kenai Peninsula on the boys side by finishing seventh with 24 points. Kodiak won with 91.
Luke Michael ran the 400, 200 and 100 for the Stars. He finished third in the 400 with a time of 52.28, with Ketchikan’s Kelton Thompson taking the victory in 50.51 seconds. In the 200, Michael was fourth at 23.47, while Chugiak’s Tyler Rohde won at 22.49. Michael was ninth in the 100 at 12.15, while East’s Jakeil Bell won at 11.27.
The Kenai boys were tied for 16th in the team standings with four points, thanks to the fourth place of Brad Smithwick in the 400. Smithwick was clocked at 52.55.
On the girls side, Seward led the Peninsula in team scores with a seventh-place finish with 18 points — thanks to Adelmann. Dimond won with 67 points.
Kenai Central was ninth with nine points. Kiana Harding did all the work for the Kardinals, finishing fourth in the high jump and triple jump and sixth in the long jump. In the high jump, Harding went 4—10, while winner Raissa Boskofsky of Port Lions leapt 5—5. In the triple jump, Harding leapt 30—6, while winner Naomi Welling of Thunder Mountain checked in at 35—3 1-2. Finally, Harding had a mark of 13—9 3-4 in the long jump, while Welling went 15—10 1-4.
Skyview tied for 18th in the team standings with three points. Kaylee Fisher represented the Panthers. She finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 27.44 seconds, while winner Peggy Mathis of Wasilla got 25.62 seconds. In the 100, Fisher was sixth in 13.46, while Mathis ran 12.86.