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Homer, Soldotna, Kenai squeeze in brisk track and field competition

Take your marks

Posted: Friday, April 14, 2006

 

  Soldotna┐s Alex Stone is reflected in a puddle as he leans toward a fourth-place finish in the 1600-meter event Thursday at the Kenai Invitational. Snow left over from winter surrounded the track but did not dampen the meet. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Soldotnas Alex Stone is reflected in a puddle as he leans toward a fourth-place finish in the 1600-meter event Thursday at the Kenai Invitational. Snow left over from winter surrounded the track but did not dampen the meet.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The temperature was in the 40s and a brisk wind pulsed through spectators and competitors alike Thursday at Kenai Central High School, but all in all many actually felt lucky to have a track meet.

“I’m just glad we were able to have it,” Kenai Central coach Tim Sandahl said. “Yesterday, when it was snowing, I thought there was no way we were going to have it.”

The track athletes from Nikiski, Seward and Skyview were not as lucky as those from Kenai, Soldotna and Homer. A tri-meet scheduled for Thursday at Skyview had to be canceled due to water on the track.

There was a puddle on Kenai’s track, but when that became a problem, Kenai athletic director Tim Delaney would simply wipe the puddle off the track just before the race was to start.

After all, with the state track meet scheduled for May 19 and 20 at West Valley High School in Fairbanks, coaches are willing to go to great lengths to get in a meet.

“We’ve all got a lot to do in the next five weeks,” Soldotna coach Galen Brantley said.

Of the three teams in attendance, Soldotna had gotten in the most work on the track. Brantley said his team of about 60 has been using the track behind Soldotna Middle School for about two weeks now.

Homer coach Harry Rasmussen, whose team is up to 35 members from 25 last year, said his squad has only had one day on the track thus far. Sandahl said his team, which has numbers in the 50s, squeezed in three workouts on the track before Thursday’s meet.

There were no team scores kept at the meet, but that didn’t keep coaches from receiving a few surprises. Brantley’s came from senior Ashley Earll, who took second in the shot put behind SoHi’s Paige Blackburn. Blackburn’s winning toss was 37 feet, 2 inches, while Earll was just 1.5 inches behind.

Earll had never went out for track before this year. Brantley said he knew she had ability and work ethic, but he said her toss was 2 1/2 or 3 feet farther than he was expecting. He said Earll’s mark was the sixth best in Soldotna’s history.

Brantley said Earll was by far the biggest surprise of the day, but he also was pleased to see the effort of freshman Kraig Morris in the 300-meter hurdles. He had never run the event before, and also did not have a chance to run through the event in practice. He still managed to finish third in the race.

Finally, Brantley said it was a relief to get the baton all the way around the track in each of the relays after having limited practice on handoffs. Soldotna received victories from the girls 1,600 relay and the boys 3,200 relay.

Individual victories for Soldotna came from Danielle Donaldson in the 300 hurdles, Matthew Mokracek in the 3,200 and Aleks Pfaffe in the 110 hurdles.

Sandahl likes the way his hurdlers are shaping up. Junior Stephen Wilson ran for Kenai as a freshman, then transferred out of state. He is running for Kenai again this year and finished just three hundredths of a second behind Pfaffe in the 110 hurdles. Pfaffe was fifth in the state in that event last year.

Sandahl also thinks sophomore Bill Chimphalee will be a good hurdler for the Kards, although Chimphalee did not do hurdles Thursday. In the 300 hurdles, Jed McGlasson picked up the victory for Kenai.

On the girls side, Amber McGlasson, the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles, took first place in the 100 hurdles.

Other individual victories from Kenai came from Candace Walker in the 100, Eliza Chadwick in the 200, Lauren Baldwin in the 800, Alee Rowley in the 1,600, Molly Watkins in the 3,200, Levi Sutton in the 400, Kelvin Blanning in the high jump and Papapa Nicholas in the discus. Nicholas’ toss of 49-7 was 7 feet farther than the runner-up.

The Kardinals have not practiced handoffs this year, but still won the girls 400 relay, girls 800 relay, girls 3,200 relay, boys 400 relay and boys 1,600 relay.

Rasmussen said his pleasant surprise came from junior Ethan Parker, who won the 800 and 1,600. The coach said Parker had shown promise in the hallways, but looked even better on the track.

Senior Justin Smith, whose season last year was cut short by injury, won the 100 and 200 and also anchored Homer’s 800 relay to victory. Rasmussen also said junior Matt Kinney and senior Cam Hagen ran well.

On the girls side, Tatiana Gruber won the 400 for Homer while Breanna Weaver won the high jump. Rasmussen also said Erika Klaar looked good in the sprints. Rasmussen also likes the distance running of Julie Senott, Katie Arsenault and Lindsay Henkelman.

Kenai Invitational

Thursday

at Kenai Central High School

GIRLS

100-meter dash — 1. Candace Walker, Ken, 13.27 seconds; 2. Erika Klaar, Hom, 13.55; 3. Eliza Chadwick, Ken, 14.44; 4 (tie). Hillary Ludvig, Hom, Breanna Wyatt, Hom, 14.66; 6. Kristi Louthan, Ken, 14.91.

200 — 1. Eliza Chadwick, Ken, 29.65; 2. Marina Critchet, Hom, 30.05; 3. Jordan Jackson, Ken, 31.68; 4. Amanda Sassi, Ken, 37.03; 5. Chyna Conner, Ken, 37.96.

400 — 1. Tatiana Gruber, Hom, 1:08.93; 2. Kristi Louthan, Ken, 1:13.28; 3. Kirsten Lawrence, Ken, 1:20.55.

800 — Lauren Baldwin, Ken, 2:47.35; 2. Julie Senoff, Hom, 2:58.54; 3. Megan Pruett, Sol, 3:13.67; 4. Hannah Chase, Sol, 3:17.24.

1,600 — 1. Alee Rowley, Ken, 6:20.96; 2. Kelly Salisbury, Ken, 6:32.65; 3. Alina-Leena Pihlasamaki, Sol, 7:46.80.

3,200 — 1. Molly Watkins, Ken, 13:55.47.

100 hurdles — 1. Amber McGlasson, ken, 16.87; 2. Lauren Olendorff, Sol, 17.75; 3. Danielle Donaldson, Sol, 19.08; 4. Breanna Wyatt, Hom, 22.13; 5. Danna Foust, Sol, 22.15.

300 hurdles — 1. Danielle Donaldson, Sol, 56.59; 2. Danna Foust, Sol, 1:09.09.

400 relay — 1. Kenai (Alsworth, Chadwick, McGlasson, Walker), 54.94; 2. Soldotna, 56.57; 3. Homer, 57.93.

800 relay — 1. Kenai (Alsworth, Chadwick, McGlasson, Walker), 1:55.36; 2. Homer, 1:59.00; 3. Soldotna, 2:00.24; 4. Homer, 2:09.13.

1,600 relay — 1. Soldotna (Olendorff, Severson, Donaldson, Sanders), 4:52.69; 2. Homer, 4:55.82.

3,200 relay — 1. Kenai (Baldwin, Alsworth, Watkins, Rowley), 11:21.98; 2. Homer, 11:55.52.

High jump — 1. Breanna Weaver, Hom, 4 feet, 8 inches; 2. Paige Blackburn, Sol, 4-6.

Shot put — 1. Paige Blackburn, Sol, 37-2; 2. Ashley Earll, Sol, 37-1/2; 3. Alyssa Emery, Sol, 26-1/2; 4. Brianna Cullenburg, Hom, 25-7; 5 (tie). Karyn Kimbrell, Ken, Kelly Salisbury, Ken, 22-9.

BOYS

100 — 1. Justin Smith, Hom, 11.50; 2. Mackenzie Boyle, Ken, 11.98; 3. Bill Chimphalee, Ken, 12.01; 4. Levi Sutton, Ken, 12.10; 5. Greg Aho, Ken, 12.12; 6. Camron Hagen, Hom, 12.18.

200 — 1. Justin Smith, Hom, 24.16; 2. Greg Aho, Ken, 24.97; 3. Sam Evanoff, Sol, 26.65; 4. Kraig Morris, Sol, 26.83; 5. Jake Ciufo, Sol, 27.25; 6. Travis Pierce, Ken, 28.04.

400 — 1. Levi Sutton, Ken, 54.31; 2. Alex Inglima, hom, 55.83; 3. Isaac Chatham, Sol, 58.97; 4. James Gough, Ken, 59.06; 5. Duncan Harris, Ken, 1:04.88; 6. Alex Sonnichsen, Ken, 1:08.50.

800 — 1. Ethan Parker, Hom, 2:19.06; 2. Ben Hawkins, Hom, 2:21.95; 3. Sean Twohy, Sol, 2:26.83; 4. Joey Aho, Ken, 2:28.49; 5. Jake Stephl, Sol, 2:35.15; 6. Daniel Markstroom, Sol, 3:01.08.

1,600 — 1. Ethan Parker, Hom, 5:04.56; 2. Caleb Chase, Sol, 5:11.19; 3. Brad Denesen, Ken, 5:15.51; 4. Alex Stone, Sol, 5:16.42; 5. Ryan Harris, Sol, 5:22.54; 6. Ben Hawkins, Hom, 5:28.59.

3,200 — 1. Matthew Mokracek, Sol, 11:42.26; 2. Anton Weissenberg, Sol, 11:44.44; 3. Aaron Julien, Sol, 13:55.47.

110 hurdles — 1. Aleks Pfaffe, Sol, 16.04; 2. Stephen Wilson, Ken, 16.07; 3. Matt Kinney, Hom, 18.31; 4. Jonny Coreson, Sol, 18.51; 5. Erick Morris, Sol, 19.52.

300 hurdles — 1. Jed McGlasson, Ken, 43.62; 2. Matt Kinney, Hom, 46.96; 3. Kraig Morris, Sol, 47.81; 4. Erick Morris, Sol, 47.84; 5. Jonny Coreson, Sol, 50.68.

400 relay — 1. Kenai (Brandon Miles, Luke Oliver, Mackenzie Boyle, Bill Chimphalee), 46.64; 2. Soldotna, 46.93; 3. Homer, 49.18; 4. Homer, 57.73.

800 relay — 1. Homer (Garret Greiner, Camron Hagen, Alex Inglima, Justin Smith), 1:38.87; 2. Soldotna, 1:39.26; 3. Kenai Central, 1:40.09.

1,600 relay — 1. Kenai (James Gough, Jed McGlasson, Corey Rainey, Levi Sutton), 3:47.10; 2. Soldotna, 3:49.77; 3. Homer, 4:08.99.

3,200 relay — 1. Soldotna (Alex Stone, Sean Twohy, Jake Stephl, Caleb Chase), 10:19.21.

High jump — 1. Kelvin Blanning, Ken, 5-10; 2. Ry Baalke, Sol, 5-6; 3. Nikita Naumoff, Ken, 5-4; 4. Garret Greiner, Hom, 5-2.

Shot put — 1. Papapa Nicholas, Ken, 49-7; 2. Ryan Shelton, Sol, 42-7; 3. Austin Roberts, Sol, 41-0; 4. Erik Rasmussen, hom, 37-11; 5. Mackenzie Boyle, Ken, 37-4; 6. Noah McWilliams, Hom, 36-6.



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