Sunny day sweeps records away

Bird's sub-4:30 1,600 highlights Penn Relays

Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2000

It was a good day for a track meet.

Under a cloudless sky, teams from across the peninsula, and even one from Anchorage, gathered for the first big meet of the season, the 2000 Peninsula Relays at Skyview High School.

Although 17 meet records were broken, everyone was too busy enjoying a beautiful day to be very impressed.

"With the type of day this is, you can't do badly," said Skyview coach Rob Sparks. "(Plus) it's too early to tell much."

Of the broken records, the most remarked upon was Mario Bird's performance in the 1,600-meter run.

The Nikiski senior won the meet's only individual event in four minutes, 29.8 seconds. He eclipsed both the meet and the Nikiski school record.

"That's pretty impressive," said Reid Kornstad, the head coach at Nikiski.

Bird said he hopes the strong start carries through the rest of the season.

"It felt extremely rewarding to be back on the track and back healthy after an injury-plagued season last year," said Bird, who was hampered by painful shins last season. "It's a promising start. I hope I'll be able to improve."

Also in the 1,600, Skyview's Erika Edwards bested the old meet mark by finishing the girls event in 5:18.5.

Edwards' performance would be the only record-breaker for the host Panthers.

Cross-town rival Soldotna shattered seven -- the girls 1,600-meter relay, girls 800-meter relay, girls shot put, girls high jump, girls triple jump, boys 3,200 relay, and the co-ed mixed distance relay.

The Kenai Kardinals walked off with the girls 400- and 3,200-meter relays and boys shot put and discus records.

The Stars topped the boys team points with a whopping 102 points. The Kards squeaked past SoHi for the girls title, 66-65.

"Generally, we're doing better than we did last week," said Kenai coach Liz Burck, referring to their dual meet vs. Skyview. "We're doing what we're supposed to be doing. Everybody's doing well."

Mark Devenney, the SoHi coach, said the meet was a good opportunity to start the season in a mainly relaxed atmosphere.

"It was fun for the kids," he said. "They all ran really well today. We had a pretty good first meet. We're really looking forward to coming back here in three weeks."

Anchorage Christian Schools drove the farthest to take part in the meet and the Lions were rewarded.

J.D. Voss won the high jump and also placed second in the triple jump.

"He usually does better than that, but he's nursing a bit of an injury," said ACS coach Richard Hofacker.

Then Voss did something uncharacteristic.

He led ACS's nonrunners to a new record in the thrower's 400-meter relay.

Despite not placing in the top three slots in any of their normal events, the Lions girls also went on to break the thrower's relay mark.

2000 PENINSULA RELAYS

At Skyview H.S.

April 15

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Kenai, 66; 2. Soldotna, 65; 3. Anchorage Christian Schools, 60; 4. Nikiski, 53; 5. Homer, 43; 6. Skyview, 33; 7. Ninilchik, 11; 8 (tie). Seward, Cook Inlet Academy 9.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Cvetkovski, Sol, 33-9; 2. Rice, Sky, 32-8 1/2; 3. Hart, ACS, 28-10 1/2; 4. Miller, Ken, 28-8 3/4; 5. Deiman, Nin, 27-3; 6. Hulien, Nik, 26-8.

DISCUS -- 1. Cvetkovski, Sol, 103-7; 2. Hulien, Nik, 97-1; 3. Miller, Ken, 95-7; 4. Rice, Sky, 94-8; 5. Hart, ACS, 94-5; 6. Land, Hom, 94-1.

LONG JUMP -- 1. Baldwin, Ken, 13-2; 2. Nicholas, Ken, 11-11; 3. Jameson, Sky, 11-8; 4. Spaw, ACS, 10-8 1/4; 5. Powers, CIA, 10-5 1/2; 6. Severson, ACS, 9-10.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Zobeck, Sol, 29-6; 2. Pate, Hom, 29-4 1/4; 3. James, Hom, 27-9 1/2; 4. Thorsud, Hom, 27-8; 5. Arness, Nik, 27-2 1/4; 6. Jameson, Sky, 24-11.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Orth, Sol, 5-0; 2. Cason, Nik, 5-0; 3. Erica Smith, Ken, 5-0; 4. Zobeck, Sol, 5-0; 5. Baldwin, Ken, 4-10; 6. Erin Smith, Ken 4-8.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Kenai, 11:14.1; 2. ACS, 11:21.8; 3. Homer, 11:34.5; 4. Nikiski, 11:41.5; 5. Soldotna, 12:15.3.

800 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 1:56.4; 2. Kenai, 1:59.0; 3. Nikiski, 2:02.1; 4. Seward, 2:07.3; 5. Homer, 2:07.78; 6. ACS, 2:13.3.

1,600 -- 1. Edwards, Sky, 5:18.5; 2. LeBaron, ACS, 5:45.1; 3. Schouweiler, Sky, 6:01.72; 4. Aslett, Sky, 6:04.0; 5. Hofaker, ACS, 6:09.1; 6. Reilly, Nik, 6:16.04.

400 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 53.7; 2. Nikiski, 56.7; 3. Kenai, 58.39; 4. Homer 1:00.6; 5. ACS, 1:01.12.

THROWERS' RELAY -- 1. ACS, 1:07.43; 2. Kenai, 1:07.0; 3. Homer, 1:05.7; 4. Nikiski/Ninilchik/Skyview, 1:10.7.

MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 12:32.72; 2. Nikiski, 13:01.2; 3. ACS, 13:11.5; 4. Skyview, 13:28.5; 5. Kenai, 13:27.87; 6. Seward, 14:17.7

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Soldotna, 102; 2. Skyview, 70; 3. ACS, 64; 4. Kenai, 36; 5. Nikiski, 31; 6. Homer, 26; 7. Seward, 11; 8. Ninilchik 8.

SHOT PUT -- 1.Peale, Sol, 43-1 1/4; 2. Myers, Ken, 42-5 1/2; 3. Cleveland, Nin, 41-4; 4. Moiles 41-2 1/4; 5. Luna, Ken 39-11 1/2; 6. Kvasnikoff, Nin, 38-10.

DISCUS -- 1. Hogue, Ken, 132-5; 2. Moiles, Sol, 121-9; 3. Peale, Sol, 121-3; 4. Ferrell, Sky, 112-9; 5. Wheeler, Ken, 112-6; 5. Steger, Sky, 109-10.

LONG JUMP -- 1. Kouf, Nik, 19-7 1/4; 2. Tarr, Sol, 19-6 1/2, 3. Reilly, Nik, 17-5 1/4; 4. Webb, ACS 17-5; 5. Norman, Sky, 17 1 3/4; 6. Smith, ACS, 17-1 1/4.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Tarr, Sol, 39-11 1/4; 2. Voss, ACS, 36-5; 3. Axtell, Sky, 31-2 1/2; 4. McEwen, 29-5 3/4; 5. Eberline, Sky, 24 8 1/4.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Voss, ACS, 6-2; 2. Zobeck, Sol, 5-10; 3. Kuhl, Sky, 5-6; 4. McGrady, Sky, 5-6; 5. Avery, Sol, 5-6; 6. Adkins, Sol, 5-6.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 8:40.9; 2. ACS, 9:12.7; 3. Homer, 9:15.3; 4. Kenai, 10:00.8; 5. Skyview, 10:03.01.

800 RELAY -- 1. Homer, 1:38.8; 2. Soldotna, 1:39.9; 3. Skyview 1:40.5; 4. ACS, 1:43.0.

1,600 -- 1. M. Bird, Nik, 4:29.8; 2. McBride, Sol, 4:46.4; 3. Barth, ACS, 4:52.50; 4. LeBaron, 5:02.5.

400 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 46.4; 2. Skyview, 48.25; 3. ACS, 49.3; 4. 50.54; 5. Seward, 52.1.

THROWERS' RELAY -- 1. ACS, 52.9; 2. Kenai, 56.1; 3. Ninilchik/Skyview/Kenai, 56.2; 4. Skyview, 102.41.



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