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Colony boys defend crown

Wasilla girls take Skyview Invite title

Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2000

While the Wasilla girls track team showed it is ready to stop the dominance Soldotna and Colony has had over Region III track recently, both the Stars and Knights showed they're not ready to hand over the title without a fight.

The Warriors scored 89 points Friday and Saturday at the 24-team Skyview Invitational to best Colony's 77 and Soldotna's 60.

"I think this is the best women's competition in the region I've seen since I've been here," said Soldotna coach Mark Devenney, whose girls team has taken six of the last seven region titles, with the only interruption in the string coming courtesy of Colony.

Wasilla head coach Dan Michael said this is the best he can remember his girls stacking up against the rest of the region in the five years he has been around the region track scene.

However, he also knows a lot can change between now and regions. Last year, Colony scored 70 points at the Skyview Invite to Soldotna's 41, yet the Stars came back to win the region title.

"We have to keep getting better," Michael said. "This was a great job by the girls today. I'm really, really pleased."

The meet was played out under mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures on both Friday and Saturday. Marks that would have been state bests heading into the weekend were posted in 12 of the meet's 34 events. Colony coach Pat Cunningham joked the athletes were running on solar power.

On the boys side, Colony took the Skyview Invite for the second straight year. The Knights notched 91 points to take first, while Kodiak was second at 71 and Soldotna was third at 59.

The Knights were nowhere near as dominant as last year, when they scored 138 points at the Skyview Invite en route to a state title. The next closest team in the region at the Skyview Invite last year was Palmer, which had 35 points.

"There was only five or six points difference in both the girls and boys near the end of the meet," Devenney said. "It's really close this year. Regions is going to be fun."

Regions should be fun for more reasons than just a close team race because the Skyview Invitational set up showdowns in several individual events.

Colony senior Eric Strabel, who won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the Skyview Invite last year, did not participate Friday or Saturday because he was sick.

However, several impressive distance times were posted that should challenge Strabel upon his return.

In the 1,600, Nikiski senior Mario Bird pulled away from a pack including Soldotna senior Brandon Newbould in the final lap and crossed the tape at 4 minutes, 27.6 seconds. Newbould would finish third with a personal best of 4:33.80.

Bird's time also was a personal best, and it would have given him the state's best time in the mile as of Wednesday.

In the 800, Bird finished a close second to Palmer's Pat Egelus, who steamrolled to a state-best 2:01.12.

"I think statewide, we've got a really good senior class," Bird said of Alaska's distance corps. "We should be able to push (Strabel). He's a great athlete."

Bird, along with fellow senior Jeremy Kouf, pushed the Bulldogs to a tie for fifth place in the team standings. Kouf won the long jump, was third in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

The Bulldogs girls, while finishing ninth, also had a stellar individual performance. Sophomore Sally Glaze soared 15 feet, 7 inches to post a state best in the long jump.

And she did it without a real pit to practice in.

"I haven't been able to get my mark down yet, so I felt pretty lucky to get 15-7," Glaze said. "The pit just got open, but I haven't been able to practice on it yet. I'm pretty much just winging it."

The other peninsula athlete to post a state best at the Skyview Invite was Panther Erika Edwards. Edwards took titles in the 3,200 and 1,600, while finishing second in the 800. Her state best came courtesy of her personal best 11:24.5 in the 3,200 Friday.

The junior is happy to be back running in top form after missing the cross country season with a left knee injury.

"I still have to ice it twice a day," she said of her knee. "I do exercises and stretch it a lot, and it's been fine."

The other highlight for the Panthers was a second from Paul Begins in the 400 and a second from Christina Rice in the discus.

Spurring the Soldotna girls to their third-place finish were victories by Janna Schaafsma in the 100 hurdles, Sasha Cvetkovski in the shot put and Erin Orth in the high jump.

The 3,200 relay team of Sarah Histand, Marisa Kimbrell, Annette Rhoades and Megan Newbould also nabbed a first with a state-best time of 10:16.14.

For the Soldotna boys, senior Derek Tarr was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

"We lost a few to the prom," Devenney said. "We still haven't put our full team on the track because of illness and injury.

"We'll be alright."

Kenai, which also had a few scratches due to the prom, finished seventh on the girls side and 13th on the boys side.

"We've got a young team," Kenai coach Rebecca Hunter said. "We have maybe seven or 12 people out of 38 that have experienced a big meet."

The top performance for the Kardinals came from the 800 relay team of Nicole Spence, Catie Baldwin, Erica Smith and Tamanika Haynes. The foursome won their race with a clocking of 1:51.19.

Haynes also added to Kenai's points total with a second in the 100.

For the boys, Justin Hogue and Rocky Fanning nabbed thirds in the discus and 300 hurdles, respectively.

The final winner from the central peninsula was Ninilchik's Molly Bosick, who took the 200 in 26.99.

SKYVIEW INVITATIONAL

At Skyview High School

April 28, 29

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Wasilla, 89; 2. Colony, 77; 3. Soldotna, 60; 4. Service, 51; 5. Kodiak, 42; 6. Skyview, 40; 7. Kenai, 34; 8. Susitna Valley, 30; 9. Nikiski, 21; 10. Homer, 18; 11. Ninilchik, 16; 12. Grace, 11; 13. Palmer, 9; 14. Heritage, 8; 15. West, 6; 16 (tie). Juneau, 5, Anchorage Christian Schools, 5. Did not score -- Cook Inlet Academy, Glennallen, Houston, Seldovia, Seward.

LONG JUMP -- 1. Glaze, Nik, 15 feet, 7 inches; 2. Cacy, Ser, 15-6 1/4; 3. Benton, Pal, 14-10; 4. Denkenwalter, SuV, 14-8 3/4; 5. Bearsto, Col, 14-7; 6. Whitten, Ser, 14-5 3/4.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Cacy, Ser, 32-11; 2. Anderson, Col, 31-0; 3. Schmitz, Was, 30-5 1/2; 4. Ward, Her, 30-3; 5. Donaldson, Kod, 30-1 1/2; 6. Thimsen, Gra, 29-11.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Cvetkovski, Sol, 33-1/2; 2. Schmitz, Was, 32-10 3/4; 3. Miller, Ken, 31-3/4; 4. Wesser, Was, 30-10 3/4; 5. Parkinson, Hom, 30-3 3/4; 6. Dixon, Pal, 30-1.

DISCUS -- 1. Parkinson, Hom, 116-1; 2. Rice, Sky, 105-5; 3. Hulien, Nik, 104-2; 4. Cvetkovski, Sol, 104-1; 5. Miller, Ken, 101-6; 6. Hocker, Was, 100-5.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Orth, Sol, 4-10; 2. Pratt, SuV, 4-10; 3. Nichols, Col, 4-10; 4. Mapes, Ser, 4-10; 5 (tie), Cacy, Ser, 4-8; Baldwin, Ken, 4-8; Erica Smith, Ken, 4-8.

3,200-METER RELAY -- 1. Soldotna, 10 minutes, 16.14 seconds; 2. Colony, 10:25.60; 3. Su Valley, 10:43.20; 4. Kenai, 10:44.75; 5. Grace, 10:45.34; 6. Juneau, 10:47.83.

100 HURDLES -- 1. Schaafsma, Sol, 16.36; 2. Williams, Was, 16.91; 3. Dueon, Ser, 16.98; 4. Brown, Kod, 17.73; 5. Lemmerman, Ser, 18.00; 6. Floyd, Nik, 18.08.

100 -- 1. Smith, Was, 13.27; 2. Haynes, Ken, 13.4; 3. Bosick, Nin, 13.47; 4. Cristiano, Sol, 13.49; 5. Farris, Was, 13.54; 6. Rietz, Kod, 13.57.

800 RELAY -- 1. Kenai, 1:51.19; 2. Service, 1:53.10; 3. Colony, 1:55.24; 4. Soldotna, 1:56.31; 5. Grace, 1:56.76; 6. Kodiak, 1:57.54.

1,600 -- 1. Edwards, Sky, 5:20.1; 2. Dimmick, Was, 5:26.4; 3. Smith, West, 5:31.10; 4. Colberg, Col, 5:36.30; 5. Weston, Jun, 5:37.46; 6. LeBaron, ACS, 5:41.70.

400 RELAY -- 1. Wasilla, 52.28; 2. Colony, 52.48; 3. Soldotna, 53.57; 4. Service, 53.72; 5. Kodiak, 53.92; 6. Kenai, 54.05.

400 -- 1. Hines, Kod, 1:02.04; 2. Farris, Was, 1:02.21; 3. Pratt, SuV, 1:04.00; 4. Rhoades, Sol, 1:05.00; 5. Brown, Kod, 1:06.53; 6. Kopperud, Col, 1:07.35.

300 HURDLES -- 1. Dueno, Ser, 48.70; 2. Brown, Kod, 50.82; 3. Wills, Hom, 51.73; 4. Floyd, Nik, 51.77; 5. Hite, Was, 53.25; 6. Mapes, Ser, 53.73.

800 -- 1. Dimmick, Was, 2:21.44; 2. Edwards, Sky, 2:27.68; 3. Heimerl, Col, 2:31.59; 4. Schouweiler, Sky, 2:34.94; 5. Newbould, Sol, 2:35.29; 6. Weston, Jun, 2:36.34.

200 -- 1. Bosick, Nin, 26.99; 2. Turnbough, Col, 27.87; 3. Rietze, Kod, 28.02; 4. Anker, ACS, 28.74; 5. Cristiano, Sol. 28.82; 6. E. Smith, Ken, 28.84.

3,200 -- 1. Edwards, Sky, 11:24.5; 2. Colberg, Col, 12:04.8; 3. Thomas, Gra, 12:09.9; 4. Heimerl, Col, 12:12.5; 5. Dimmick, Was, 12:12.6; 6. Desloover, Jun, 12:18.8.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Wasilla, 4:17.46; 2. Colony, 4:20:46; 3. Kodiak, 4:27.02; 4. Heritage, 4:33.54; 5. Palmer, 4:33.93; 6. Su Valley, 4:39.50.

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Colony, 91; 2. Kodiak, 71; 3. Soldotna, 59; 4. Grace, 33; 5 (tie). Nikiski, 32; Wasilla, 32; 7. Glennallen, 28; 8. Palmer, 27.5; 9. Heritage, 20; 10. Homer, 18; 11. Service, 17; 12. ACS, 16; 13. Kenai, 15; 14. Skyview, 11; 15. West, 10.5; 16. Seward, 6; 17. Su Valley, 5; 18. Juneau, 1. Did not score -- CIA, Houston, Ninilchik, Seldovia.

LONG JUMP -- 1. Kouf, Nik, 19-8; 2. Slaymaker, Col, 19-8; 3. Tarr, Sol, 19-7 1/2; 4. Luer, Was, 18-11; 5. Lorenzo, Kod, 18-8 1/2; 6. Therlot, Kod, 18-7 3/4.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Slaymaker, Col, 41-1; 2. Tarr, Sol, 40-2 1/2; 3. Gates, Gra, 38-10 1/2; 4. Schwartzbauer, Col, 38-8 3/4; 5. Voss, ACS, 38-8; 6. Libby, Gra, 38-7 3/4.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Viersen, Gle, 48-8; 2. Fillman, Gle, 47-9 3/4; 3. Tillery, Was, 47-8; 4. Stuart, Pal, 44-9; 5. Moiles, Sol, 43-3 3/4; 6. Schwartzbauer, Col, 42-2.

DISCUS -- 1. Viersen, Gle, 173-5; 2. Tillery, Was, 138-00; 3. Hogue, Ken, 137-05; 4. Luer, Was, 134-11; 5. Peale, Sol, 122-6; 6. Tandy, Ser, 121-3.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Voss, ACS, 6-2; 2. Weber, West, 6-2; 3. Schwartzbauer, Col, 6-0; 4. Zobeck, Sol, 5-10; 5. Hooker, Pal, 5-10; 6 (tie). Smith, West, 5-8; Conroy, Pal, 5-8.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Palmer, 8:25.31; 2. Kodiak, 8:37.24; 3. Soldotna, 8:41.36; 4. Su Valley, 8:42.13; 5. Homer, 8:44.16; 6. West, 8:48.77.

110 HURDLES -- 1. Millar, Her, 15.87; 2. Libby, Gra, 16.16; 3. Avery, Sol, 16.93; 4. Wischer, Kod, 16.94; 5. Raidmae, Hom, 17.16; 6. Hooker, Pal, 17.88.

100 -- 1. Robinson, Kod, 11.58; 2. Collins, Col, 11.64; 3. Kouf, Nik, 11.78; 4. Abbott, Hom, 11.91; 5. Chambers, Hom, 11.99; 6. Fanning, Ken, 12.14.

800 RELAY -- 1. Colony, 1:31.72; 2. Homer, 1:36.42; 3. Kodiak, 1:37.07; 4. Wasilla, 1:37.17; 5. Skyview, 1:39.28; 6. Palmer, 1:39.39.

1,600 -- 1. Bird, Nik, 4:27.6; 2. O'Reilly, Ser, 4:33.1; 3. Newbould, Sol, 4:33.80; 4. Mortenson, Kod, 4:39.6; 5. Liebner, Sol, 4:44.20; 6. Stringer, Jun, 4:44.6.

400 RELAY -- 1. Colony, 44.57; 2. Kodiak, 46.22; 3. Wasilla, 47.19; 4. Soldotna, 47.98; 5. Heritage, 48.39; 6. West, 48.64.

400 -- 1. Foster, Col, 52.20; 2. Begins, Sky, 54.04; 3. Lewis, Sew, 54.19; 4. Medina, Sol, 54.30; 5. Ford, Ser, 55.64.

300 HURDLES -- 1. Libby, Gra, 41.88; 2. Millar, Her, 42.27; 3. Fanning, Ken, 42.33; 4. Smith, ACS, 42.80; 5. Reilly, Nik, 43.97; 6. Egelus, Pal, 44.7.

800 -- 1. Egelus, Pal, 2:01.12; 2. Bird, Nik, 2:02.20; 3. Heinrich, Kod, 20:02.59; 4. Musgrove, Sol, 2:08.84; 5. Johnson, Val, 2:10.08; 6. McKay, Pal, 2:10.16.

200 -- 1. Collins, Col, 23.20; 2. Robinson, Kod, 23.45; 3. Anderson, Col, 23.69; 4. Kouf, Nik, 24.15; 5. Foster, Col, 24.60; 6. Begins, Sky, 25.20.

3,200 -- 1. Mortenson, Kod, 9:52.0; 2. O'Reilly, Ser, 9:55.4; 3. Newbould, Sol, 9:58.6; 4. Egelus, Pal, 10:04.1; 5. Liebner, Sol, 10:05.4; 6. McBride, Sol, 10:13.7.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Kodiak, 3:40.02; 2. Grace, 3:41.90; 3. Colony, 3:44.21; 4. Palmer, 3:44.46; 5. Nikiski, 3:46.36; 6. Su Valley, 3:46.59.



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