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Stronger leads to faster, longer

Nikiski boys, Kenai girls take titles at first track meet of season

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2001

Being stronger led to faster and longer for Kenai seniors Jay Hogue and Sepa Nicholas-Silvira Saturday at the Peninsula Invitational at Kenai Central High School.

Since the start of the second semester in January, Hogue and Nicholas-Silvira have been getting together five times a week for strength training.

Their work paid dividends Saturday as Nicholas-Silvira won the 100-meter dash, the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Meanwhile, lifting partner Hogue was taking the shot put and the discus for the Kardinals.

Kenai took the girls side of the meet, scoring 109 points to top runner-up Nikiski by 18 points, while Nikiski won the boys side, beating runner-up Skyview 109.5-109. For the teams, it was the first full track meet of the season.

 

Runners in the girls 1600-meter race start the first of their four laps.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Nicholas-Silvira posted a time of 15.6 seconds in the 110 hurdles and a mark of 41.2 seconds in the 300 hurdles. As of Friday, those were the best times in the state in both events.

Last year, when Nicholas-Silvira was attending school in Hawaii, a 15.19 won the 110 hurdles at Alaska's state track meet while a 40.51 took the 300 hurdles at state.

Nicholas-Silvira ran track his freshman and sophomore years for the Kardinals, but his times didn't come close to matching his showings Saturday.

"It's just hard work," Nicholas-Silvira said. "I've been working on getting stronger. It's taken a lot of leg lifts."

 

Skyview's Rosie Adams takes the baton from Sam Carlon during the 400-meter relay Saturday afternoon.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Meanwhile, Hogue is working on his bench press. He's at 360 pounds and has his eyes fixed on the school record of 375 pounds. With his mark of 143 feet, 10 inches, in the discus Saturday, Hogue is already throwing farther this year than he did last year.

"I've gotten a lot stronger this year," said Hogue, whose mark in the discus is farther than any reported in the state as of Friday. "I've been lifting a lot more."

The efforts of Hogue and Nicholas-Silvira weren't enough to lift the Kardinals past Nikiski or Skyview. The Bulldogs received three seconds from Josh Reilly, a first and a second from David Holloway and a first and a second from Ryan Wicker to take first place.

Skyview track coach Rob Sparks, who also is the defensive coordinator for the Panthers football team, had a simple solution when asked how his team could have won the meet.

"Get rid of Holloway and Reilly," Sparks said. "That'd help a lot in football, too."

Reilly, a quarterback, and Holloway, a receiver, teamed up for three touchdowns in a 32-6 victory over Skyview in the fall football season.

Saturday, they put that same competitiveness to use on the track. In the 400, Holloway dove across the finish line to win the race in a photo finish. Moments later, Reilly dove at the finish line and just missed catching Nicholas-Silvira in the 300 hurdles.

"That shows what kind of competitors they are," Sparks said. "This wasn't even a big meet and they're out there diving on the ground like that."

The Skyview boys received individual victories from sophomore Kevin McGrady in the long jump and freshman Kaleb Shields in the high jump. But the Panthers collected the big points in the relays, winning the 800- and 400-meter relays, and finishing second in the 1,600-meter relay.

"We're pretty much all freshmen and sophomores," said Sparks, who also was pleased with sophomore Jack Reed's run in the 100. "That's what makes this so exciting."

On the girls side of the meet, the Kardinals dominated the meet by piling up big points in the relays. Kenai took first in the 3,200, 800 and 1,600 relays.

Kenai junior Michelle Edwards ran on all three winning relay teams. She also took the 400 in 1:01.5, which was the best time in the state as of Friday.

The junior said she is just happy to be running this early in the year. Her freshman year, she missed the early part of the season while bowling. Then last year, she was out until the borough meet, which is just two weeks before state.

"This is my first year getting to run before the Skyview Invitational," Edwards said of the big meet coming up Friday and Saturday. "My dad just told me to skip state bowling this year."

Kenai coach Liz Burck said the Kardinals also got a big boost from the field events, where Krista Miller won the shot put and Erica Smith took the high jump. Katherine Amen also picked up a victory for the Kardinals in the 3,200.

Homer's Erin Pate, Ninilchik's Molly Bosick and Skyview's Erika Edwards all provided other highlights at the meet by putting up times that would have been state bests as of Friday.

Pate took the triple jump with a leap of 31-4 1/2.

"I'm feeling good because I'm already jumping as far this year as I was at the end of the year last year," Pate said.

Bosick, who was third at state in the 200 last year, put up a time of 26.7 seconds Saturday. She also won the 100 and finished second in the 400.

"The 200 is my main event," Bosick said. "I just did the 100 and 400 to help me out with the 200."

Finally, Edwards put up a state-best 5:17.6 in the 1,600. She also won the 800 in 2:28.5. A senior, Edwards is aiming for her first state track title this year.

"I was actually a little disappointed because I was aiming for a 5:10," Edwards said of her run in the 1,600. "I'd like to get down around 5:05 this year."

Peninsula Invitational

Saturday at Kenai Central High School

GIRLS

Team scores -- 1. Kenai Central, 109; 2. Nikiski, 91; 3. Skyview, 84; 4. Soldotna, 58; 5. Homer, 54; 6. Seward, 42; 7. Ninilchik, 32; 8. Seldovia.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Miller, Ken, 32 feet, 4 1/4 inches; 2. Vienna, Ken, 29-1; 3. Setterquist, Hom, 28-4; 4. Doner, Nik, 27-5 1/2; 5. Dieckgraeff, Sew, 27-2 1/2; 6. Hemphill, Nik, 26-5 1/2.

LONG JUMP -- 1. Boulden, Sew, 13-1 1/2; 2. Steinbrecher, Sew, 11-9; 3. Kennedy, Sol, 10-10 1/4.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Smith, Ken, 5-0; 2. Floyd, Nik, 4-8; 3. Johns, Nik, 4-6; 4. Wythe, Hom, 4-0.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Pate, Hom, 31-4 1/2; 2. Dillon, Sel, 29-9 3/4; 3. Solonen, Nik, 25-11 3/4.

DISCUS -- 1. Hulien, Nik, 102-1; 2. Miller, Ken, 93-9; 3. Dieckgraeff, Sew, 90-10; 4. McEwen, Sky, 80-11; 5. Seamen, Hom, 77-11; 6. Dillon, Sel, 77-5.

3,200 METERS -- 1. Amen, Ken, 12 minutes, 25.2 seconds; 2. Schouweiler, Sky, 12:53.4; 3. Goldstein, Sol, 13:03.6; 4. Miller, Nik, 17:27.4.

3,200 RELAY -- 1, Kenai, 10:23.0; 2. Soldotna, 11:56.3.

100 HURDLES -- 1. Floyd, Nik, 17.1; 2. Watts, Sol, 18.3; 3. Jameson, Sky, 20.2; 4. Adams, Sky, 20.9.

100 -- 1. Bosick, Nin, 12.9; 2. Johns, Nik, 13.6; 3. Watts, Sol, 14.1; 4. Jokiranta, Hom, 14.2; 5. Boulden, Sew, 14.2; 6. McLure, Nik, 14.3.

800 RELAY -- 1. Kenai, 1:52.1; 2. Nikiski, 1:57.2; 3. Soldotna, 2:01.8; 4. Skyview, 2:05.6; 5. Homer, 2:16.4.

1,600 -- 1. Edwards, Sky, 5:17.6; 2. Schouweiler, Sky, 5:45.1; 3. Amen, Ken, 5:49.0; 4. Goldstein, Sol, 5:59.1; 5. Herman, Sew, 5:59.4; 6. Reilly, Ken, 6:01.2.

400 RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 58.2; 2. Homer, 59.0; 3. Skyview, 59.3.

400 -- 1. Edwards, Ken, 1:01.5; 2. Bosick, Nin, 1:02.1; 3. Church, Ken, 1:03.8; 4. Smith, Ken, 1:08.2; 5. Lehtington, Nik, 1:09.8; 6. Denna, Sol, 1:10.1.

300 HURDLES -- 1. Wills, Hom, 50.9; 2. Floyd, Nik, 51.3; 3. Jameson, Sky, 57.2; 4. Adams, Sky, 1:00.9.

800 -- 1. Edwards, Sky, 2:28.5; 2. Herman, Sew, 2:45.3; 3. Reilly, Ken, 2:46.1; 4. Garroutte, Nin, 2:49.6; 5. Houghton, Sew, 2:51.8; 6. Gillaspie, Nik, 2:55.1.

200 -- 1. Bosick, Nin, 26.7; 2. Carlon, Sky, 28.8; 3. J. Johns, Nik, 29.0; 4. K. Johns, Nik, 29.1; 5. Martin, Sol, 30.1; 6. Denna, Sol, 30.2.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Kenai, 4:20.7; 2. Homer, 4:41.0; 3. Skyview, 4:42.4; 4. Nikiski, 4:53.7; 5. Seward, 4:57.8.

Team scores -- 1. Nikiski, 109.5; 2. Skyview, 109; 3. Kenai, 80; 4. Homer, 75; 5. Seward, 55; 6. Soldotna, 47.5; 7. Seldovia, 24; 8. Ninilchik, 0.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Hogue, Ken, 43-4 3/4; 2. Myers, Ken, 42-3; 3. Luna, Nik, 42-2 1/2; 4. Bowers, Sol, 41-7 1/2; 5. Nicholas-Silvira, Ken, 41-4 1/2; 6. Baldridge, Sky, 37-2 3/4.

LONG JUMP -- 1. McGrady, Sky, 17-3 1/2; 2 (tie). Pfeil, Hom, Norman, Sky, 17-2; 4. Allen, Nik, 16-4 1/4; 5 (tie). Williams, Sky, Jackson, Sol, 16-2 1/2.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Shields, Sky, 5-10; 2. Holloway, Nik, 5-8; 3. McGrady, Sky, 5-6; 4. Allen, Sol, 5-4.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Dillon, Sel, 38-0; 2. Reilly, Nik, 37-11; 3. Pfeil, Hom, 37-10 1/2; 4. Tompkins, Sky, 36-5 1/2; 5. Shields, Sky, 35-5 1/2; 6. Jorgenson, Nik, 34-1 1/4.

DISCUS -- 1. Hogue, Ken, 143-10; 2. Stirling, Sew, 127-10; 3. Luna, Nik, 125-9; 4. Myers, Ken, 106-0; 5. Ferrell, Sky, 103-10; 6. Bisgard, Sky, 103-6.

3,200 -- 1. Keller, Sol, 10:34.9; 2. Kaufman, Hom, 10:53.1; 3. Snyder, Sew, 11:32.5; 4. Blanchard, Sol, 11:46.2; 5. Boye, Nik, 12:35.1; 6. Zundel, Nik, 13:43.1.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Homer, 9:13.5; 2. Kenai, 9:15.9; 3. Nikiski, 9:24.3; 4. Soldotna, 9:30.4.

110 HURDLES -- 1. Nicholas-Silvira, Ken, 15.6; 2. Reilly, Nik, 16.1; 3. Shields, Sky, 17.2; 4. McGrady, Sky, 18.3; 5. Tompkins, Sky, 18.6.

100 -- 1. Nicholas-Silvira, Ken, 11.6; 2. Reed, Sky, 11.8; 3. Schaefermeyer, Sew, 12.3; 4 (tie). Allen, Nik, Crumpacker, Nik, 12.5; 6. Dodd, Sky, 12.6.

800 RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 1:41.6; 2. Homer, 1:42.0; 3. Soldotna, 1:47.1; 4. Seldovia, 1:50.7; 5. Seward, 1:56.5.

1,600 -- 1. Peters, Hom, 4:57.3; 2. Wicker, Nik, 5:04.5; 3. Snyder, Sew, 5:06.7; 4. Hernandez, Sol, 5:11.3; 5. Chartier, Sel, 5:12.9; 6. La Shot, Ken, 5:13.0.

400 RELAY -- 1. Skyview, 48.6; 2. Homer, 48.7; 3. Seward, 52.6; 4. Soldotna, 56.0.

400 -- 1. Holloway, Nik, 56.3; 2. Chartier, Sel, 56.3; 3. Draper, Sew, 57.0; 4. Waer, Sky, 58.8; 5. Kothe, Sew, 59.1; 6. Schaefermeyer, Sew, 59.9.

300 HURDLES -- 1. Nicholas-Silvira, Ken, 41.2; 2. Reilly, Nik, 41.3; 3. Shields, Sky, 45.1; 4. Tompkins, Sky, 46.1.

800 -- 1. Wicker, Nik, 2:13.0; 2. Peters, Hom, 2:13.5; 3. Harro, Sol, 2:14.6; 4. Draper, Sew, 2:15.9; 5 (tie). Pepper, Sky, Sykes, Nik, 2:18.3.

200 -- 1. Smith, Hom, 24.0; 2. Schaefermeyer, Sew, 24.7; 3. Schmidt, Ken, 25.4; 4. Crumpacker, Nik, 25.7; 5. Allen, Nik, 25.9; 6. Waser, Ken, 26.3.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Nikiski, 3:59.9; 2. Skyview, 4:05.5.



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