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SkyHi boys take Invitational

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2003

Saturday was definitely a good day to be a Panther. Particularly for the Skyview boys track and field team that took first place in the Skyview Invitational Track and Field meet with a team score of 127 points. Even some mishaps turned into gold for the Skyview boys.

Ask Skyview senior discus thrower Levi McKay, whose day began with a scolding from his coach for arriving late at the Skyview Invitational Track and Field meet.

"It just started off pretty crappy," McKay said. "I was supposed to be there, I think at 10 (a.m.). Things went pretty slow the day before, so I figured that it would be slow today. I was there at 10:15."

After enduring a verbal reprimand from more than one coach for his tardiness, he threw for 105 feet on one of his first attempts, and barely scraped his way into the finals with a 120-foot toss.

"I felt like going home," McKay said. "But things just got better."

On his second throw in the finals, McKay said everything about his execution just synched.

"Right when it came off my fingers, I knew it was going," he said. "You just know when you do everything right."

McKay threw 163 feet, 4 inches, to win the competition, setting a new school record and giving him the state's best distance. Adam Kosydar added to the Panthers' final score tally with a second-place throw of 146-6.

One-two finishes from Kaleb Shields and Trevor Tompkins in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles helped to lift the Panthers boys team. Senior Kevin McGrady, who finished fifth in the 110 hurdles, said there was little competition among the Skyview hurdlers so long as they were all at or near the top.

"It doesn't matter who wins as long as we get the points," he said.

 

Kenai's Linnea Hassbring touches down in the triple jump Saturday.

Photo by Joseph Robertia

Shields finished the 110 hurdles in a time of 16.25 seconds and won the longer race in 42.27. Tompkins finished with times of 16.8 and 42.37, respectively.

The combination of Mike Waer, Jack Reed, Ty Pepper and Jake Bellinger gave Skyview a win in the boys 400 relay. Noteworthy in the race was the third leg, where Bellinger handed off to Pepper behind Palmer with Kenai threatening.

Pepper closed the gap between himself and Palmer within the first 30 meters of his 100-meter leg and passed the baton to Reed with a nose lead.

"He's the one that got that race for us," Reed said. "I was saying, Just please get here, Ty.'"

Reed pulled just ahead of the Palmer runner, leaning as he crossed the line at 45.98, while Palmer finished two-hundreths of a second behind at 46 seconds. Kenai finished third with 46.32 seconds.

Mikael Barnes won the shot put for the Panthers with a 49-7 throw, and Skyview's 800 relay team finished second with a time of 1:36.5 behind Palmer.

Palmer's boys team took second place with 95 points and Kenai Central's boys finished third with 66 points. Leading the way for the Kardinals were strong finishes from the team's 3,200 relay team, which finished first with a time of 8:42.23, and a Nathan Schmidt win in the 200-meter dash.

A junior, Schmidt said he finished with a better time in the preliminary races on Friday, saying a strong gust on the straightaway slowed him down to a 24.17-second finish.

"I just picture it in my head all the time," he said about running the curve of the first half of the race. "Running the curve and leaning. (But) at the end, that wind just got the best of me."

The team of Mick Boyle, Trevor Baldwin, Morgan Saltenberger and Clifford Cochran put a handy lead on the rest of the field at the outset of the race that was never relinquished.

"Mick got out there," Saltenberger said. "He just kind of took off from everyone. We just kept what he gave us. Trevor spread it out more at the end."

Homer senior Cody Smith won the 400 with a time of 52.66, but he said he overexerted himself at the beginning of the race and paid for it in the end.

"I was too pumped up," he said, "and I went out a little too fast. I hit the wall between the last 75 to 100 meters."

Skyview head coach Rob Sparks said his boys team was complete, particularly with a strong showing from Pepper. He said he was careful, however, not to proclaim his team the best in Region III, because there were so many things that could happen between this weekend and the region finals three weeks away.

"This is a really good look at the region," he said. "I've learned over the years that early season track and late season track are different. I think definitely today the guys saw that we're able to put together a region team."

Girls

Soldotna's girls finished fourth behind Palmer, Colony and Juneau-Douglas Saturday, earning 71 points. Wins from Tracey Pitts in the 100 hurdles, from Ari Goldstein in the 1,600, and from Brittany Gardner in the triple jump were highlights for the Stars.

"I was really tickled with Brittany with the triple jump, and with Tracey," Soldotna head coach Mark Devenney said. "Today, I just used this (meet) to see try some different things."

Gardner led the triple jump with 32-8 leap on her final attempt, after posting previous final-round jumps of 31-2 and 31-6, respectively. Gardner's jump inched out Colony's Shelby Bearisto, who cleared 32-6 3/4 for second place.

Pitts scooted past Nikiski's Svenja Lau and Bearisto, winning the 100 hurdles in a time of 17 seconds.

Goldstein, a sophomore, led for most of the 1,600, pulling away from the pack early on in the race to set a margin of more than 20 meters. Once she took the lead, she maintained a steady pace that she never let up, finishing in 5:21.82.

"We've been having our regular hard practices," Goldstein said. "We run every interval for a certain time."

Sophomore Katie Franzmann took second place in the 1,600 for the Stars, outrunning Seward distance standout Whitney Anderson. Franzmann fell in behind Anderson and followed for the first half of the race before making her move.

"I knew she kind of goes out hard," Franzmann said of Anderson. "But my second half is very strong."

Franzmann's time was 5:28.36.

Anderson won the 3,200, however, distancing herself from her opponents by 25 seconds and finishing in 11:27.7. Her splits were similar on each of her eight laps, and she said she likes to run to the front of the pack and remain there in that race.

"I usually stay in front," she said. "I'm usually a leader."

Anderson also was on the winning 3,200 relay that finished with a time of 10:24.39.

Kenai saw success in the field events, getting wins from Dallas Baldwin with a 5-4 high jump, and from Linnea Hassbring, who cleared 14-11 in the long jump. Hassbring, a junior foreign exchange student from Switzerland, said she was disappointed with her first two jumps.

"It was really, really surprising because it was my last jump," she said. "I just told myself I could go further. Most girls would've given up."

She said because she was so close to clearing 15 feet, she is definitely going to go for that distance in the future.

"I was just an inch away," Hassbring said.

SKYVIEW INVITATIONAL

Friday, Saturday

At Skyview High School

TEAM SCORES 1. Skyview, 127; 2. Palmer, 95; 3. Kenai Central, 61; 4. Kodiak, 55; 5. Juneau-Douglas, 44; 6. Colony, 38; 7. Anchorage Christian Schools, 36; 8. Homer, 18; 9. Soldotna, 17; 10. Nikiski, 15; 11. Grace Christian School, 10; 12. Seward, 7; 13. Ninilchik, 3; 14. Wasilla, 1; 15. (tie) Cook Inlet Academy, Heritage Christian Schools, Susitna Valley, 0.

SHOT PUT 1. Mikael Barnes, Skyview, 49 feet, 7 inches; 2. Bobby Dunbar, Anchorage Christian Schools, 48-11 1/2; 3. Josh Homan, Anchorage Christian Schools, 47-10 1/2; 4. Junior Aumavae, Palmer, 46-5; 5. Hicks, Soldotna, 45-5 3/4; 6. Tevita Talamai, Juneau-Douglas, 45-5.

HIGH JUMP 1. Jani Lemmityinen, Nikiski, 5-8; 2. Kevin McGrady, Skyview, 5-8; 3. Scantlin, Anchorage Christian Schools, 5-8; 4. Perry, Grace Christian School, 5-8; 5. Kaleb Shields, Skyview, 5-6; 6. Jacobsen, Palmer, 5-6.

LONG JUMP 1. Dakota Craig, Kenai Central, 19-2 1/2; 2. Eugene Oliver, 19-2 1/2; 3. Viloria, Kodiak, 18-9 1/4; 4. Kevin McGrady, Skyview, 18-6; 5. Siepecki, Anchorage Christian Schools, 17-9 1/2; 6. Carvalho, Kodiak, 17-9 1/4.

TRIPLE JUMP 1. Trevor Tompkins, Skyview, 40-4 1/4; 2. Eugene Oliver, Kodiak, 39-9 1/4; 3. Ricky Simpson, Soldotna, 39-2 3/4; 4. Viloria, Kodiak, 39-1; 5. Siepecki, Anchorage Christian Schools, 38-3 1/2; 6. Scantlin, Anchorage Christian Schools, 38-2 1/4.

DISCUS 1. Levi McKay, Skyview, 163-4; 2. Adam Kosydar, Skyview, 146-6; 3. Nick Pilch, Palmer, 132-10; 4. T.J. Cox, Kenai Central, 128-9; 5. Toni Talamai, Juneau-Douglas, 128-0; 6. Tevita Talamai, Juneau-Douglas, 123-9.

3,200 1. Drew Dickson, Palmer, 9:58.90; 2. Peter Doner, Colony, 10:01.50; 3. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Juneau-Douglas, 10:05.90; 4. Gabe Hayden, Juneau-Douglas, 10:09.40; 5. Jesse Moe, Anchorage Christian Schools, 10:19.70; 6. Trevor Baldwin, Kenai Central, 10:19.90.

3,200 RELAY 1. Kenai Central (Saltenberger, Cochran, Baldwin, Boyle), 8:42.23; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 8:47.26; 3. Seward, 8:53.02; 4. Colony, 8:53.49; 5. Kodiak, 8:56.26; 6. Anchorage Christian Schools, 9:12.60.

110 HURDLES 1. Kaleb Shields, Skyview, 16.25; 2. Trevor Tompkins, 16.80; 3. Justin Schwartzbauer, Colony, 16.94; 4. Landon Swank, Colony, 17.17; 5. Kevin McGrady, Skyview, 17.78; 6. Jani Lemmityinen, Nikiski, 17.83.

100 1. Ernest Monts, Juneau-Douglas, 11.94 seconds; 2. Dustin Eley, Palmer, 11.94; 3. Bobby Dunbar, Anchorage Christian Schools, 12.14; 4. Nathan Schmidt, Kenai Central, 12.17; 5. Kruzick, Ninilchik, 12.27; 6. Reed, Skyview, 12.36.

800 RELAY 1. Palme, 1:35.60; 2. Skyview, 1:36.50; 3. Kenai Central, 1:37.26; 4. Soldotna, 1:38.12; 5. Grace Christian School, 1:38.50; 6. Wasilla, 1:41.33.

1,600 1. Aaron Dickson, Palmer, 4:27.20; 2. Jeramy Young, Kodiak, 4:27.51; 3. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Juneau-Douglas, 4:36.84; 4. Mick Boyle, Kenai Central, 4:36.96; 5. Drew Dickson, Palmer, 4:37.14; 6. Peter Doner, Colony, 4:37.46.

400 RELAY 1. Skyview (Pepper, Reed, Bellinger, Waer), 45.98; 2. Palmer, 46.00; 3. Kenai Central, 46.32; 4. Grace Christian School, 46.99; 5. Anchorage Christian Schools, 47.78; 6. Juneau-Douglas, 47.96.

400 1. Cody Smith, Homer, 52.66; 2. Olin Bingham, 53.51; 3. Bryant, Palmer, 54.38; 4. Bellinger, Skyview, 55.09; 5. Jorgensen, Nikiski, 6. Ryan Snyder, Colony, 55.76.

300 HURDLES 1. Kaleb Shields, Skyview, 42.27; 2. Trevor Tompkins, Skyview, 42.37; 3. Justin Schwartzbauer, Colony, 43.04; 4. Ryan Snyder, Colony, 43.15; 5. Jani Lemmityinen, Nikiski, 44.05; 6. Chase, Soldotna, 44.79.

800 1. Aaron Dickson, Palmer, 2:01.97; 2. Jeramy Young, Kodiak, 2:03.19; 3. Mick Boyle, Kenai Central, 2:05.46; 4. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Juneau-Douglas, 2:07.83; 5. Peter Doner, Colony, 2:09.56; 6. Tyler Dinnan, Juneau-Douglas, 2:09.61.

200 1. Nathan Schmidt, Kenai Central, 24.17; 2. Cody Smith, Homer, 24.39; 3. Mike Waer, Skyview, 24.47; 4. Miller, Kodiak, 24.87; 5. Zimmer, Palmer, 24.96; 6. Kruzick, Ninilchik, 24.97.

1,600 RELAY 1. Palmer, 3:37.52; 2. Skyview, 3:42.79; 3. Kodiak, 3:44.79; 4. Soldotna, 3:50.65; 5. Colony, 3:51.57; 6. Seward, 3:55.04.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES 1. Palmer, 91 points; 2. Colony, 80; 3. Juneau-Douglas, 76; 4. Soldotna, 71; 5. Seward, 69; 6. Nikiski, 38; 7. Kenai Central, 36; 8. Skyview, 30; 9. Kodiak, 8; 10. Wasilla, 7; 11. Anchorage Christian Schools, 6; 12. Ninilchik, 5; 13. Heritage Christian

Schools, 4; 14. tie, Cook Inlet Academy, 2; 14. tie, Grace Christian School, 2; 14. tie, Susitna Valley, 2; 17. (tie) Homer, Houston, 0.

SHOT PUT 1. Denise Stanley, Palmer, 33 feet, 5 3/4 inches; 2. Michelle Dieckgraeff, Seward, 32-2 1/4; 3. Toni Cox, Palmer, 31-6; 4. Posini, 31-3; 5. Schmidt, Colony, 30-6 3/4; 6. Brandy Denna, Soldotna, 30-3 3/4.

LONG JUMP 1. Linnea Hassbring, Kenai Central, 14-11; 2. Irvine, Palmer, 14-9 1/2; 3. Monika Banic, Seward, 14-8 1/2; 4. Sutherland, Heritage Christian Schools, 14-1 1/2; 5. Tracey Pitts, Soldotna, 14-1; 6. Matson, Ninilchik, 13-11.

HIGH JUMP 1. Dallas Baldwin, Kenai Central, 5-4; 2. Shelby Bearisto, Colony, 4-8; 3. Mary Rehfeld, Juneau-Douglas, 4-8; 4. Bello, Kodiak, 4-6; 5. Creel, Skyview, 4-6; 6. Amber McGlasson, Kenai Central, 4-6.

TRIPLE JUMP 1. Brittany Gardner, Soldotna, 32-8; 2. Shelby Bearisto, Colony, 32-6 3/4; 3. Clemmar, Colony, 32-0; 4. Irvine, Palmer,

31-0; 5. Mary Rehfeld, Juneau-Douglas, 30-6; 6. Peterson, Soldotna, 30-4.

DISCUS 1. Toni Cox, Palmer, 106-5 1/2; 2. Michelle Dieckgraeff, Seward, 102-10 1/2; 3. Lisa Steinbrecher, Seward, 98-11; 4. Margaret Morris, Colony, 95-1; 5. Powers, Cook Inlet Academy, 93-2; 6. Dieman, Ninilchik, 86-9 1/2.

3,200 1. Whitney Anderson, Seward, 11:27.70; 2. Molly Krehlik, Juneau-Douglas, 11:52.70; 3. Dominique Colberg, Colony, 11:54.80; 4. Marci Mohler, Skyview, 11:55.40; 5. Jaci Hayden, Juneau-Douglas, 12:17.40; 6. Tara DeRuwe, Seward, 12:28.00.

3,200 RELAY 1. Seward, 10:24.39; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 10:49.16; 3. Palmer, 10:58.29; 4. Colony, 10:58.77; 5. Susitna Valley, 11:11.50; 6. Soldotna, 11:22.69.

100 HURDLES 1. Tracey Pitts, Soldotna, 17.00; 2. Svenja Lau, Nikiski, 17.35; 3. Shelby Bearisto, Colony, 17.70; 4. Hokanson, Kodiak, 18.01; 5. Katie Floyd, Nikiski, 18.05; 6. Amber McGlasson, Kenai Central, 18.36.

100 1. Stevie McDowell, Colony, 13.33 seconds; 2. Heather Bennett, Juneau-Douglas, 13.60; 3. Sara Quier, Palmer, 13.65; 4. Angie Doty, Nikiski, 13.85; 5. Monika Banic, Seward, 14.08; 6. Haley Huggins, Colony, 14.12.

800 RELAY 1. Palmer, 1:52.13; 2. Colony, 1:53.46; 3. Soldotna, 1:55.15; 4. Juneau-Douglas, 1:55.39; 5. Kenai Central, 2:01.07; 6. Heritage Christian Schools, 2:01.11.

1,600 1. Ari Goldstein, Soldotna, 5:21.82; 2. Katie Franzmann, Soldotna, 5:28.36; 3. Whitney Anderson, Seward, 5:28.72; 4. Dominique Colberg, Colony, 5:31.94; 5. Marci Mohler, Skyview, 5:38.91; 6. Jaci Hayden, Juneau-Douglas, 5:39.33.

400 RELAY 1. Colony, 53.35; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 53.67; 3. Nikiski, 54.27; 4. Palmer, 54.30; 5. Kenai Central, 56.17; 6. Ninilchik, 58.67.

400 1. Emily Bolling, Palmer, 1:03.59; 2. Brandy Denna, Soldotna, 1:04.43; 3. Anker, Anchorage Christian Schools, 1:05.68; 4. Meghan DeSloover, Juneau-Douglas, 1:05.70; 5. Clock, Seward, 1:07.95; 6. McCarten, Soldotna, 1:08.68.

300 HURDLES 1. Rachel Chenoweth, Juneau-Douglas, 49.16; 2. Svenja Lau, Nikiski, 50.31; 3. Amber McGlasson, Kenai Central, 51.57; 4. Dominique Colberg, Colony, 51.81; 5. Fehrer, Skyview, 52.36; 6. Tracey Pitts, Soldotna, 52.37.

800 1. Ari Goldstein, Soldotna, 2:31.60; 2. Whitney Anderson, Seward, 2:34.82; 3. Suzanna Caldwell, Wasilla, 2:35.97; 4. Marci Mohler, Skyview, 2:36.45; 5. Katie Franzmann, Soldotna, 2:38.34; 6. Jaci Hayden, Juneau-Douglas, 2:39.52.

200 1. Stevie McDowell, Colony, 27.42; 2. Heather Bennett, Juneau-Douglas, 27.74; 3. Angie Doty, Nikiski, 28.86; 4. Haley Huggins, Colony, 29.26; 5. Wood, Ninilchik, 29.71; 6. Sara Quier, Palmer, 29.94.

1,600 1. Juneau-Douglas, 4:27.67; 2. Palmer, 4:35.66; 3. Skyview, 4:36.49; 4. Seward, 4:39.28; 5. Soldotna, 4:39.51; 6. Colony, 4:40.56.



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