Stars, Panthers take relay titles

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2003

With earlier access to the tracks than is normally available, Kenai Peninsula athletes were able to get in more repetitions on their respective tracks and push themselves ahead of where they would normally be at this time of the year.

As a result, more than a few teams participating in the Peninsula Relays Saturday at Skyview High's track said they had better times.

"They're ahead of normally where they would be," said Kenai Central head track coach Liz Burck.

Skyview coach Rob Sparks said the early start paid off for his team.

"We were three weeks ahead of where we were this time last year," he said.

His Panthers boys team won the overall meet, while Soldotna High took first place in the girls meet.

The Skyview boys took first in six of the 12 events on the day, and finished second in three others and third in two more, earning 82.32 points to easily beat the second-place Soldotna boys with 65.33 points.

Sparks said his boys team is in good position to be a leader in the region. But he said it still may be too soon to tell.

"Our best event is the hurdles, and we didn't even run it today," he said. "In terms of the region, we've still got to see where the (Matanuska-Susitna) Valley schools and Kodiak are. But I think we've got the peninsula."

Leading the Panthers win was Adam Kosydar, who won the discus and set a new school record with a toss of 151 feet, 11 inches on his first attempt. The old record was 138 feet, which senior Levi McKay initially broke earlier in the day, landing a 145-10 before Kosydar bested him.

Field events combined the best attempts from three team members. Schools that did not have three contestants in an event combined and took the proportionate score from the results. Skyview had a complete team, and Kosydar and McKay combined their throws with Zack Rohr's 108-1 for a composite of 405-10.

Both Skyview sprint relay teams, the 400-meter and the 800-meter relays, finished first. The team of seniors Mike Waer, Trevor Tompkins and Jake Reed and freshman Jacob Bellinger finished in 46.6 seconds in the 400 relay and finished in 1:39.1 in the 800 relay.

"We want to be really dominant this year," Waer said. "We want region champions and nothing less."

The Kenai Central boys finished with a close third place behind Anchorage Christian Schools, but had a strong showing in middle distance competition. They won the 3,200 relay and took second in the mixed distance relay -- the combination of a 1,200-meter run, a girls' 400 meter, an 800 and a 1,600 -- and the only individual event, the 1,600.

The 3,200 team included junior Mick Boyle, seniors Morgan Saltenberger and Clifford Cochran, and sophomore Trevor Baldwin, who scored the second-place finish in the 1,600.

 

Nikiski's Angela Doty runs the anchor leg to victory in the second heat of the 400-meter relay.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"I felt really great about it," Baldwin said about his 4:51.9 time in the individual race. "I just tied my best time for last year."

The Soldotna girls were led in their victory by sophomore Ari Goldstein's fourth-lap charge to win the 1,600 individual race. She followed Seward sophomore Whitney Anderson through the first three laps of the race until she heard the bell signifying the final lap, and encouragement from her coach Mark Devenney.

"At the bell lap, I heard my coach tell me to take off," Goldstein said. "And I thought, 'OK. I'll go.'"

She pulled alongside Anderson, and by the time she came out of the first turn, she was ahead. By the time she reached the final straightaway, Goldstein had built up almost a 50-meter lead on the rest of the field. She finished in 5:18.2, more than five seconds ahead of the second-place Anderson.

"I had a lot of energy left," Goldstein said. "I was surprised."

However, Devenney said he was not surprised at the sophomore's strength.

"She's the real deal," he said. "She's worked hard all winter, lifting weights and running through terrible weather. She loves track."

Goldstein also contributed to the Stars' wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

"She ran faster than she ever ran in the 800," Devenney said of Goldstein's 2:24 split in the 3,200 relay. "And that's after she ran the 4-by-400 and a 5:18 in the mile."

 

Elena Bird jumps to keep warm before her leg of the 400-meter relay Saturday afternoon.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

A young Nikiski quartet nearly tied a school record in winning the 400 relay, and took second in the 800 relay. Svenja Lau, a German foreign exchange student and senior, sophomore Eirleen Lee, and freshmen Georgie Heverly and Angie Doty ran a 53.7-second race, coming within just three-tenths of a second of the standing Nikiski record of 53.4 seconds.

"Our goal is to get that school record," Lee said.

Doty added that the team might even shoot beyond that mark.

"Let's set our goal for 45 seconds," she said with a laugh. "If we set our goal for something impossible, we just might make it."

Seward took third place on the girls side. Head coach Cliff Draper said Anderson would be added to the returning trio of Lara Loomis, Tara DeRuwe and Sarah Hermann, who took second in state in the 3,200 relay last year.

"We lost only one member of the team," he said. "And we picked up Whitney."

 

A cold drizzle keeps the action moving Saturday at the Peninsula Relays at Skyview High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Draper kidded with Devenney, implying that his team would be on Soldotna's heels when he said, "Hey 'Venney, we're coming after you."

Devenney said Soldotna's finish was impressive for his girls and a young boys team of only three seniors. He predicted a close region race on the girls' side, and said he expected his boys team to be competitive as well.

"I'm really pleased with what they showed here today," he said. "The (girls') regions might come down to the mile relay, like last year. What I'm shooting for right now is to get as many kids qualified for state as possible."

PENINSULA RELAYS

Saturday

At Skyview High School

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Skyview 82.32; 2. Soldotna 65.33; 3. Anchorage Christian, 62; 4. Kenai Central 59.64; 5. Seward, 27; 6. Nikiski, 21.97; 7. Homer, 21; 8. Cook Inlet Academy, 12.

SHOT PUT * -- (* combined total of three athletes best attempts) 1. ACS, 127 feet, 3 inches; 2. Skyview, 117; 3. Soldotna 115; 4. Kenai, 108; 5. Homer, 102-5; 6. Nikiski/Skyview 97-6.

LONG JUMP * -- 1. Skyview, 51-6; 2. Soldotna, 46-7; 3. ACS, 44-9; 4. 41-3 1/2; 5. 31-9 3/4; 6. 27-9 3/4.

HIGH JUMP * -- 1. Skyview/Soldotna, 17; 2. Kenai/Nikiski 15-10; 3. ACS, 10-8.

TRIPLE JUMP * -- 1. Skyview/Nikiski, 111-3 1/2; 2. Soldotna, 106-6 1/4; 3. Kenai 103-7 1/4; 4. ACS 102-4; 5. Soldotna B, 64-2 1/2.

DISCUS * -- 1. Skyview, 405-10; 2. ACS, 322-3; 3. Kenai, 271-4; 4. Nikiski/Skyview 269-3; 5. Homer, 267-9; 6. Seward, 137-4.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Kenai, 9 minutes, 4.5 seconds; 2. Seward, 9:18.5; 3. Cook Inlet, 9:25; 4. ACS, 9:44; 5. Nikiski, 9:55; 6. Skyview 9:58.8.

800 RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 1:39.1; 2. Soldotna, 1:41; 3. Homer, 1:42; 4. Nikiski, 1:44.3; 5. 1:44.4; 6. Kenai, 1:47.9.

1,600 -- 1. Moe, ACS, 4:44.7; 2. Baldwin, Ken, 4:51.9; 3. Beeson, CIA, 4:54.7; 4. Adams, Sew, 5:02.7; 5. Walton, Sol, 5:04.4; 6. Blair, Sew, 5:09.1.

400 RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 46.4; 2. Soldotna, 47.4; 3. Homer, 48.4; 4. Kenai, 48.8; 5. Nikiski, 49.7; Kenai B, 50.7.

400 Shotput/Discus RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 52.4; 2. Kenai, 54.7; 3. ACS, 59.7.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 3:47.7; 2. Skyview, 3:50.3; 3. Nikiski, 3:52.1; 4. Seward, 3:53.4; 5. ACS, 4:00.6; 6. Skyview B, 4:04.3.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Soldotna, 90; 2. Seward, 60; 3. ACS, 49; 4. Skyview, 36.98; 5. Nikiski, 34.65; 6. Kenai, 29.65; 7. Homer, 16,32; 8. Ninilchik, 0.66; 9. CIA, 0.33.

DISCUS * -- 1. Nikiski/Soldotna, 220-7; 2. Skyview/Kenai, ACS, tie, 215-2; 3. 4. Seward 204-8; 5. Soldotna, 201-5; 6. Homer/CIA, 193-3.

HIGH JUMP * -- 1. Homer, 12; 2. ACS, 11-6; 3. Skyview/Soldotna, 9.

TRIPLE JUMP * -- 1. Soldotna, 59-1; 2. Kenai/Nikiski, 45-11; 3. ACS, 44-10.

LONG JUMP * -- 1. Seward, 46-10 1/2; 2. Soldotna, 38-8; 3. Kenai/Homer, 32-9 1/2; 4. ACS, 23-7 1/2; 5. Homer, 22-10 1/4; 6. Kenai/Skyview, 22-6.

SHOT PUT * -- 1. Seward, 85-2; 2. Skyview/Kenai, 79-1; 3. Soldotna, 76-8; 4. Homer/Nikiski 72-10; 5. ACS, 67-6; 6. ACS B, 51-1.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 10:21.6.

800 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 1:56.2; 2. Nikiski, 1:57.8; 3. Kenai, 2:07.1; 4. Soldotna B, 2:08.2; 5. ACS 2:13.3; 6. Skyview, 2:16.8.

1,600 -- 1. A. Goldstein, Sol, 5:18.2; 2. Anderson, Sew, 5:23.1; 3. R. Goldstein, Sol, 5:52.7; 4. Mohler, Sky, 5:57.6; 5. Fischettie, ACS, 6:06.8; 6. Schouweiler, Sky, 6:08.

400 RELAY -- 1. Nikiski, 53.7; 2. Soldotna, 54.6; 3. Skyview, 58.8; 4. Kenai, 1:00.0; 5. Seward, 1:00.2; 6. ACS, 1:04.1.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 4:28.50; 2. Seward, 4:35.7; 3. Nikiski, 4:40.7; 4. 4:48.7; 5. ACS, 4:51.8.



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