Track season under way

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2002

Break up the snow and break out the 2002 track and field season on the Kenai Peninsula.

Temperatures may have been hovering just below 40 degrees. And a stiff wind may have made those temperatures feel like 30 degrees. And, intermittently, a cold and cruel rain may have been spitting from the sky.

But, hey, it's Alaska, and Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski and Ninilchik were more than ready to lace up the spikes at Kenai Central for the first day of track competition on the peninsula. At Skyview, Homer, Skyview, Seward and Cook Inlet Academy competed, although those three teams didn't have to deal with the rain.

The Kenai meet started with Kardinals assistant Ken Felchle using a broom to sweep puddles off the homestretch. Even though all the area around the track was blanketed with snow, the athletes were still anxious to get their season started.

"It's only the fourth or fifth day we've been on a track all year," said Soldotna coach Mark Devenney. "I think they were just anxious to get out and run.

"They didn't care what they had to run in."

Of course, with words of inspiration from Devenney, how could they possibly care what they had to run in?

"Coach told us he used to run when ships were made of wood and men were made of steel," said Soldotna senior Brent Knight. "After hearing that, I figured I had to get out there."

Knight, who won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, had a hard time deciding which was colder -- the meet Thursday or the state ski meet in Fairbanks.

While the athletes didn't care what they had to run in, they did pay particular attention to what they had to warm up in.

Soldotna senior Janna Schaafsma had three layers on top and, in order to keep her legs warm, five layers on the bottom.

"With the five layers on bottom, I felt not too hot and not too cold," Schaafsma said. "I wanted to feel warm, so maybe next week I'll have to go with six."

Schaafsma, who won both hurdles events at state last year, did feel warm enough to run the 100 hurdles in 15.4 seconds. It was an impressive time considering 15.03 seconds -- on a sunny and warm day -- won her state last year.

Soldotna's Sasha Cvetkovski did well in the lousy conditions, winning the discus and the shot put. She threw 38 feet, 1 inch, in the shot put despite slippery conditions. Last season, Cvetkovski's toss of 37-0 1/2 won her the state meet.

"I think at these little meets, our team is just out to have fun anyway," Cvetkovski said. "That's why we didn't let these crappy conditions get to us."

Kenai junior Dallas Baldwin won the high jump with a height of 5-3 -- the same mark that won state last year. But she doesn't get any plaudits for toughness on this day, because the high jump takes place inside a gym.

"They tried to get me to run the 4-by-4 (relay)," Baldwin said as she was wrapped in a blanket. "I argued my way out of that."

Ari Goldstein had no such desire to get out of any running. The freshman set personal records in winning both the 800 and the 1,600.

She said she ran all winter, sometimes in temperatures as low as minus 5, so Thursday's conditions were fine with her.

"We'd go inside and run this winter when it got really cold," said Goldstein, who in true Alaskan fashion went on to explain that really cold meant anything more frigid than minus 10 degrees.

Nikiski senior Josh Reilly also had a good day on the bad day, winning the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and anchoring the 400-relay team to victory. He said the weather probably added about seven seconds to his split in the 400.

"Usually, adrenaline takes you for about the first 250 meters. Today, it took me to about there," Reilly said, pointing to an area just 100 meters down the track. "Once you hit that backstretch, it took a lot out of you."

Even though all the competitors pushed through Thursday's conditions, all were looking forward to warmer days.

"It certainly can't get any worse," Devenney said.

Soldotna, Nikiski, Ninilchik at Kenai

GIRLS

100-meter dash -- 1 (tie). Johns, Nik, John, Nik, 13.8 seconds; 3. Pitts, Sol, 13.9; 4. Coon, Ken, 14.1.

200 -- 1. Schaafsma, Sol, 28.6; 2. Glaze, Nik, 28.9; 3. Pitts, Sol, 29.2; 4. Lee, Nik, 29.6.

400 -- 1. Denna, Sol, 1:06.7; 2. Keller, Sol, 1:10.6; 3. Solonen, Nik, 1:13.3; 4. Lee, Nik, 1:13.9.

800 -- 1. A. Goldstein, Sol, 2:33.0; 2. Moerlein, Nin, 2:47.3; 3. Lettington, Nik, 2:53.8; 4. Bird, Ken, 2:56.6.

1,600 -- 1. A. Goldstein, Sol, 5:27.7; 2. Krusen, Ken, 5:56.0; 3. Moerlein, Nin, 6:08.0; 4. Bird, Ken, 6:18.2.

3,200 -- 1. R. Goldstein, Sol, 12:53.0.

100 hurdles -- 1. Schaafsma, Sol, 15.4; 2. Christensen, Ken, 22.2.

300 hurdles -- 1. Schaafsma, Sol, 50.5; 2. Deiman, Nin, 56.9; 3. Matson, Nin, 58.7.

400 relay -- 1. Soldotna, 54.7; 2. Nikiski, 55.9; 3. Kenai, 58.7; 4. Ninilchik, 1:01.8.

800 relay -- 1. Soldotna, 2:04.0; 2. Kenai, 2:05.3; 3. Ninilchik, 2:17.4.

1,600 relay -- 1. Kenai, 4:43.2; 2. Ninilchik, 5:06.2; 3. Nikiski, 5:26.0.

3,200 relay -- 1. Nikiski, 11:58.2.

High jump -- 1. Baldwin, Ken, 5 feet, 3 inches; 2. Floyd, Nik, 4-6; 3. Brown, Sol, 4-1/4.

Shot put -- 1. Cvetkovski, Sol, 38-1; 2. Doner, Nik, 26-11; 3. Deiman, Nin, 26-2 1/2; 4. John, Nik, 24-8.

Discus -- 1. Cvetkovski, 115-1/2; 2. Doner, Nik, 91-0; 3. Deiman, Nin, 89-1; 4. Florey, Nin, 72-1 1/2.

100 -- 1 (tie). Holloway, Nik, McGlasson, Nik, 11.8; 3 (tie). Schmidt, Ken, Newby, Sol, 11.9.

200 -- 1. Schmidt, Ken, 24.5; 2. Holloway, Nik, 25.0; 3. Alexander, Nik, 25.3; 4 (tie). Newby, Sol, Jackson, Sol, 25.7.

400 -- 1. Haupt, Sol, 57.5; 2. Harro, Sol, 57.7; 3. Allen, Nik, 1:00.6; 4. Lounsbury, Nik, 1:04.0.

800 -- Knight, Sol, 2:09.7; 2. Haupt, Sol, 2:10.9; 3. Wicker, Nik, 2:14.3; 4. Boyle, Ken, 2:15.9.

1,600 -- 1. Knight, Sol, 4:51.2; 2. Wicker, Nik, 5:00.1; 3. Boyle, Ken, 5:05.2; 4. Hernandez, Sol, 5:05.4.

3,200 -- 1. Baldwin, Ken, 11:12; 2. Litzenberger, Sol, 11:17; 3. Saltenberger, Ken, 11:55; 4. Folley, Sol, 12:02.

110 hurdles -- 1. Reilly, Nik, 15.3; 2. Sorrell, Sol, 19.0.

300 hurdles -- 1. Reilly, Nik, 43.3; 2. Reemtsma, Ken, 49.1; 3. Anderson, Nik, 49.2.

400 relay -- 1. Nikiski, 48.5; 2. Soldotna, 49.5; 3. Kenai, 50.2; 4. Soldotna, 52.5.

800 relay -- 1. Nikiski, 1:44.2; 2. Soldotna, 1:45.0; 3. Soldotna #2, 1:53.2; 4. Nikiski #2, 1:56.2.

1,600 relay -- 1. Nikiski, 3:56.7.

3,200 relay -- 1. Kenai, 9:19.4; 2. Soldotna, 9:49.1; 3. Nikiski, 10:53.7.

High jump -- 1. Holloway, Nik, 6-0; 2. Hicks, Sol, 5-6; 3. Allen, Sol, 5-6; 4. Craig, Ken, 5-4.

Shot put -- 1. Myers, Ken, 45-1/2; 2. Bower, Sol, 42-4; 3. Carroll, Ken, 36-10; 4. Matson, Nin, 35-2.

Discus -- 1. Myers, Ken, 145-5; 2. Bower, Sol, 108-6/12; 3. Carroll, Nik, 107-9 1/2; 4. Cox, Ken, 95-2.

Seward, Homer, CIA at Skyview

GIRLS

100-METER HURDLES -- 1. Crystl, Sky, 21.4; 2. Loneh, Sky, 27.1.

100 -- 1. Banic, Sew, 14.1; 2. Herman, Sew, 14.3; 3. Lambe, Sky, 14.8.

1,600 -- Mohler, Sky, 5:33.8; 2. Herman, Sew, 5:58.1; 3. Glasser, Sew, 6:05.0.

400 RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 1:01.6.

400 -- 1. Loomis, Sew, 1:09.9; 2. Clock, Sew, 1:12.8; 3. Moore, Hom, 1:36.2.

800 -- 1. (tie) Herman, Sew, 2:35.9; 1. (tie) Mohler, Sky, 2:35.9; 3. Glasser, Sew, 2:57.9.

200 -- 1. Banic, Sew, 29.8; 2. Feherar, Sky, 30.9; 3. Williams, Hom, 31.8.

3,200 -- 1. Glasser, Sew, 13:26.8; 2. Hendrickson, Hom, 13:38.2.

1,600 relay -- 1. Skyview, 4:47.5; 2. Seward, 4:50.8.

DISCUS -- 1. Dieckgraeff, Sew, 97 feet, 6 inches; 2. Steinbrecher, Seward, 89-9; 3. Gulane, Sky, 85-9.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Baltz, Hom, 4-2; 2. Gray, Hom, 3-10.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Dieckgraeff, Sew, 31-9 3/4; 2. Loomis, Sew, 27-0; 3. Seaman, Hom, 22-0 3/4.

100 -- 1. Reed, Sky, 11.6; 2, Tonione, Sky, 11.8; 3. Smith, Hom, 11.9.

1,600 -- 1. Peters, Hom, 5:05.9; 2. Adams, Sew, 5:22.9; 3. Hilbish, Sky, 5:36.4.

400 RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 46.6.

400 -- 1. Pepper, Sky, 55.7; 2. Thomas, Hom, 1:12.4.

800 -- 1. Peters, Hom, 2:16.4; 2. Bardarson, Sew, 2:17.4; 3. Adams, Sew, 2:32.7.

200 -- 1. Reed, Sky, 24.5; 2. Waer, Sky, 24.5; 3. Smith, Hom, 24.5.

3,200 -- 1. Peters, Hom, 11:22.8; 2. Bardarson, Sew, 11:30.1; 3. Hibberd, Sky, 12:40.2.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 3:53.5; 2. Seward, 4:37.1.

DISCUS -- 1. Kosydar, Sky, 120-7; 2. Pyfer, Sky, 115-1; 3. Antonio, Sky, 109-9.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. McGrady, Sky, 5-8.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Smith, Hom, 40-9, Pyfer, Sky, 40-8 1/2, 3. Kosydar, Sky, 39-3.



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