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SoHi girls, Kenai boys take titles

Both squads punctuate crowns with individual record breakers

Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2005

 

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  Skyview's Tyler Wehrli and Kenai's Levi Sutton battle to a tie at 53.79 in the 400-meter dash Saturday. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Skyview's Tyler Wehrli and Kenai's Levi Sutton battle to a tie at 53.79 in the 400-meter dash Saturday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Kenai Central High School boys and Soldotna High School girls successfully defended their Kenai Peninsula Borough Track and Field Championships titles Saturday at Skyview High School.

Each squad won by a comfortable margin — the Kenai boys accumulated 208 team points to runner-up Soldotna's 124.5, and the Soldotna girls scored 160 points to second-place Seward's 132 — and both squads featured a borough meet record performance. Trevor Baldwin was a borough meet-best 9 minutes, 45.31 seconds in the 3,200 meters, breaking the mark set in 2001. Paige Blackburn uncorked a 39-foot, 7-inch throw in the shot put for the Stars, breaking a mark set in 1987.

"It's all coming to a climax right when we need it. That's an advantage we're going to have next week" at the Region III meet, said Kenai's Micah Lillard.

Lillard, who had clocked the state's fastest times in the 100 and 200 meters entering the weekend, won the 100 in 11.03 seconds, battling both a headwind and some mental pressure after a false-start disqualification in the preliminaries of the 200.

"It was frustrating. As long as I don't do that in regions, I'll be fine," Lillard said.

 

Cook Inlet Academy anchor Alyse Bell leads Kenai anchor Candace Walker across the line to win the 400-meter relay Saturday. "We just wanted to beat Kenai and we did that," Bell said.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Baldwin won three events for the Kardinals, taking the 800 and 1,600 in addition to the 3,200. In each event, the Kenai senior got a push from Seward's Matt Adams, who stayed right on Baldwin's shoulder all day and finished each race just a step behind.

Among other meet highlights for the boys, Kenai's Papapa Nicholas won both the shot put and the discus while the 400 resulted in a photo-finish as Kenai's Levi Sutton and Skyview's Tyler Wehrli leaned across the line together in 53.79 seconds.

"I wanted to be more consistent with big throws," Nicholas said. "My lower throws are in the 150s, which is right where I was last year with my bigger throws, so I'm feeling good."

Nicholas said Saturday's breeze tended to knock down his discus throws once they got to about the 150-foot range, and his winning toss of 157-1 is more than 10 feet shy of his state best throw of 168-6 1/2. His throw of 50-3 to win the shot put also was shy of his personal best, and he said he had some small technical things to work on between now and next week's region meet.

"But I won both events, and you can't argue with that. It's a nice day, and you get limited days of throwing like this," Nicholas said.

Wehrli and Sutton battled side by side down the last straightaway, and even the camera at the finish line couldn't determine a winner. Wehrli said he was finally getting into track shape.

"I'm finally getting to the point where I can finish strong in the 400 and the 4-by-4 (1,600 relay). So far, this was the best I've felt all season," said Wehrli following a dominating finish by his Panthers' squad in the 1,600 relay. "... We had three guys in the open 400 finals, and put that together to make an awesome 4-by-4 relay."

Soldotna's Patrick Lybrand had a good day in the jumps, bettering his state-best triple jump with a leap 41 feet, 4 1/4 inches, to win the event, and teammate Aleks Pfaffe won the 110 hurdles in 16.92 seconds.

"There was a little bit of a headwind, and it was tough to stay focused in the headwind, but it worked out to be a good day," Pfaffe said.

Pfaffe said that as his teammates were getting used to their events, performances were improving, and added that it was nice to run in the sunshine.

 

Kenai's Trevor Baldwin leads Seward's Matt Adams in the final lap of the 1600-meter run Saturday during the Kenai Peninsula Borough meet. Baldwin won with a time of 4:32.56.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"It keeps your muscles warm, and it's not wet, so your sweats aren't sopping wet. It was definitely a very nice day for this meet," Pfaffe said.

Ari Goldstein led the Soldotna girls with wins in the 800 (2:27.96), 1,600 (5:25.24) and 3,200 (11:24.61). Teammate Katie Franzmann was second in the 1,600 and the 3,200 and fifth in the 800.

Franzmann expressed a little bit of frustration at not hitting target times she had set for herself, but planned to stick with her training schedule for next week's region meet.

"Hopefully, our training schedule will keep us right on and help us out at state. Hopefully, we'll peak and run fast," Franzmann said.

In the preliminaries of the girls 100, Kenai's Candace Walker clocked a time of 13.05 seconds to break the borough meet record set by Nikiski's Angela Doty last year. However, Doty came back to beat Walker in the finals with a time of 13.81 — a hundredth of a second ahead of Walker.

"I don't know — I'm tired," said Doty when asked how she felt after the meet, which she finished off by running on the Bulldogs' 1,600 relay.

"It's really fun racing against people who are really fast. It helps you push yourself to get up to state."

Walker edged Doty by seven hundredths of a second in the 200, winning with a time of 27.74.

Kenai's Amber McGlasson took both hurdle events. McGlasson won the 100 hurdles in 16.78 seconds and bettered her state-best time in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.52.

"Amber pushes all of us," said Skyview's Ella Fehrer, who was second in the 300 hurdles with a Panthers school record of 49.29.

Fehrer, senior, said she was happy to run well and was hoping that her last race, whether it be at next week's region meet or at the state meet in two weeks, would be her best.

"I feel I've already reached a lot of the things I wanted to get to. It's been a good season. I just want to have a good last race," Fehrer said.

The Cook Inlet Academy girls put together the top 400 relay team, winning in a time of 54.64 second, 21 hundredths faster that Kenai.

"That was awesome. We just wanted to beat Kenai, and we did that," said Eagles anchor Alyse Bell, who teamed up with Stephanie McNutt, Brooke Forsi and Sharon Lindow for the event. "That was probably our best race of the year."

The girls competition concluded with a close finish in the 1,600 relay. Seward's Denali Foldager and Soldotna's Goldstein were even when they took the batons for the anchor legs. Goldstein pulled a step ahead on the backstretch, but Foldager was able to pull back ahead in the home stretch to give the Seahawks the win.

Denali Foldager and her sister Rubye finished first and second, respectively, in the open 400 and teamed with Anna Clock and Lara Loomis in the 1,600 relay.

Hosted by Nikiski at Skyview High School

Team standings — 1. Soldotna, 160; 2. Seward, 132; 3. Kenai Central, 96; 4. Skyview 65; 5. Nikiski, 47; 6. Homer, 43; 7. Cook Inlet Academy, 35; 8. Ninilchik, 23.

Individual placewinners

100-meters — 1. Doty, Nik, 13.81 seconds; 2. Walker, Ken, 13.82; 3. Klaar, Hom, 13.96; 4. Bell, CIA, 14.21; 5. White, Ken, 14.40; 6. Lindow, CIA, 14.42.

200 — 1. Walker, Ken, 27.74; 2. Doty, Nik, 27.81; 3. Klaar, Hom, 28.02; 4. McGlasson, Ken, 28.36; 5. Bell, CIA, 28.42; 6. Forsi, CIA, 28.94.

400 — 1. D. Foldager, Sew, 1:03.41; 2. R. Foldager, Sew, 1:04.10; 3. Gruber, Hom, 1:05.02; 4. McCartan, Sol, 1:05.25; 5. Heaverly, Nik, 1:06.77; 6. Oberg, Ken, 1:08.14.

800 — 1. Goldstein, Sol, 2:27.96; 2. Baldwin, Ken, 2:28.36; 3. McCartan, Sol, 2:28.46; 4. Clock, Sew, 2:33.57; 5. Franzmann, Sol, 2:35.22; 6. Duz, Hom, 2:35.34.

1,600 — 1. Goldstein, Sol, 5:25.24; 2. Franzmann, Sol, 5:30.28; 3. Clock, Sew, 5:48.95; 4. Duz, Hom, 5:55.95; 5. Baldwin, Ken, 5:57.57; 6. Rooper, Nik, 5:59.66.

3,200 — 1. Goldstein, Sol, 11:24.61; 2. Franzmann, Sol, 11:50.97; 3. Duz, Hom, 12:30.75; 4. Rowley, Ken, 12:54.07; 5. Glaser, Sew, 13:01.14; 6. Dexheimer, Sky, 13:02.59.

100 hurdles — 1. McGlasson, Ken, 16.78; 2. Olendorff, Sol, 17.08; 3. Fehrer, Sky, 17.58; 4. Donaldson, Sol, 19.08; 5. I. Banic, Sew, 20.83; 6. Foust, Sol, 22.54.

300 hurdles — 1. McGlasson, Ken, 47.52; 2. Fehrer, Sky, 49.29; 3. D. Foldager, Sew, 51.81; 4. Olendorff, Sol, 53.35; 5. Donaldson, Sol, 53.40; 6. Holland, Sky, 54.70.

400 relay — 1. Cook Inlet Academy (McNutt, Forsi, Lindow, Forsi, Bell), 54.64; 2. Kenai, 54.85; 3. Skyview, 56.64; 4. Seward, 56.84; 5. Ninilchik, 56.90.

800 relay — 1. Kenai (Evans, Gifford, Martin, McGlasson), 1:53.05; 2. Seward, 1:58.07; 3. Skyview, 1:59.49.

1,600 relay — 1. Seward (R. Foldager, Clock, Loomis, D. Foldager), 4:24.80; 2. Soldotna, 4:25.75; 3. Nikiski, 4:29.62; 4. Homer, 4:31.66; 5. Skyview, 5:24.84.

3,200 relay — 1. Seward (Clock, D. Foldager, R. Foldager, Loomis), 10:22.38; 2. Skyview, 13:15.47.

High jump — 1. Holland, Sky, 4 feet, 8 inches; 2. Barnes, Sky, 4-6; 3. Bartolowits, Nin, 4-6; 4. Clemons, Sew, 4-6; 5. Buchanan, Sew, 4-0.

Long jump — 1. Bartolowits, Nin, 15-0 1/4; 2. M. Banic, Sew, 14-8; 3. Bell, CIA, 14-2 1/2; 4. Purugganan, Sol, 13-7 1/4; 5. Gardner, Sol, 13-4 3/4; 6. McNutt, CIA, 12-4 3/4.

Triple jump — 1. M. Banic, Sew, 30-3 1/4; 2. Gardner, Sol, 30-2 1/4; 3. Purugganan, Sol, 27-11; 4. I. Banic, Sew, 26-9 1/2; 5. Clemons, Sew, 26-5 1/2.

Shot put — 1. Blackburn, Sol, 39-7 (meet record); 2. Larson, Sol, 31-5 1/2; 3. Loomis, Sew, 31-1 1/2; 4. Duggin, Nik, 30-5; 5. Hamer, Hom, 28-7; 6. Howard, Sol, 27-9.

Discus — 1. Duggin, Nik, 113-11; 2. Blackburn, Sol, 107-9; 3. Howard, Sol, 96-8; 4. Emery, Sol, 95-10; 5. Loomis, Sew, 86-0; 6. Hughes, Ken, 77-6.

Individual placewinners

100 — 1. Lillard, Ken, 11.03; 2. Craig, Ken, 12.15; 3. Buffington, Sky, 12.22; 4. Hall, CIA, 12.23; 5. Smith, Hom, 12.45; 6. McKinstry, Hom, 12.48.

200 — 1. Buffington, Sky, 24.46; 2. Wehrli, Sky, 24.57; 3. Smith, Hom, 24.62; 4. Gardner, Sol, 24.86; 5. Boyle, Ken, 24.91; 6. McKinstry, Hom, 24.94.

400 — 1. Wehrli, Sky, 53.79; (tie) Sutton, Ken, 53.79; 3. Lansing, Sky, 54.91; 4. Buchanan, Sew, 55.06; 5. Inglima, Hom, 55.14; 6. Hall, CIA, 55.99.

800 — 1. Baldwin, Ken, 2:06.96; 2. Adams, Sew, 2:09.59; 3. Lansing, Sky, 2:12.08; 4. Chase, Sol, 2:12.16; 5. Apperson, Sew, 2:15.60; 6. Szczesney, Sky, 2:15.63.

1,600 — 1. Baldwin, Ken, 4:32.56; 2. Adams, Sew, 4:33.46; 3. Beeson, CIA, 4:55.83; 4. Chase, Sol, 4:56.85; 5. Apperson, Sew, 4:59.99; 6. Hawkins, Hom, 5:04.61.

3,200 — 1. Baldwin, Ken, 9:45.31 (meet record); 2. Adams, Sew, 9:49.63; 3. Beeson, CIA, 10:59.62; 4. Honer, Sky, 12:06.36; 5. Burns, Nik, 12:29.53; 6. O'Leary, Sel, 12:29.91.

110 hurdles — 1. Pfaffe, Sol, 16.92; 2. Chimphalee, Ken, 17.63; 3. Je. McGlasson, Ken, 17.78; 4. Rainey, Ken, 18.58; 5. Kinney, Hom, 20.19.

300 hurdles — 1. Rainey, Ken, 43.66; 2. Coreson, Sol, 47.18; 3. Chase, Sew, 47.21; 4. Je. McGlasson, Ken, 47.74; 5. Crista, Sew, 51.66.

400 relay — 1. Kenai (Craig, Chimphalee, Boyle, Krusen), 46.04; 2. Homer, 46.79; 3. Soldotna, 47.24; 4. Seward, 51.43; 5. Skyview, 53.15.

800 relay — 1. Homer (Hagen, Inglima, McKinstry, Smith), 1:36.46; 2. Kenai, 1:37.36; 3. Skyview, 1:39.23; 4. Soldotna, 1:40.08; 5. Seward, 1:49.12.

1,600 relay — 1. Skyview (Buffington, Carlon, Lansing, Wehrli), 3:45.59; 2. Kenai, 3:49.63; 3. Seward, 3:57.49; 4. Homer, 4:16.96.

3,200 relay — 1. Kenai (Baldwin, Sutton, Semmens, Je. McGlasson), 8:51.12; 2. Seward, 8:56.18; 3. Skyview, 9:37.89; 4. Nikiski, 9:47.60.

High jump — 1. Coleman, Ken, 5-10; 2. Blanning, Ken, 5-8; (tie) Schneider, Sol, 5-8; 4. Baalke, Sol, 5-8; 5. Hall, 5-4; (tie) Martin, Hom, 5-4.

Long jump — 1. Hall, CIA, 18-9 1/4; 2. Coleman, Ken, 18-4 3/4; 3. Chimphalee, Ken, 18-3; 4. Reed, Sol, 18-0 3/4; 5. Hatt, Sol, 16-10; 6. Martin, Hom, 16-9.

Triple jump — 1. Lybrand, Sol, 41-4 1/4; 2. Chimphalee, Ken, 40-1 1/4; 3. Coleman, 39-8; 4. Schneider, Sol, 39-8; 5. Layland, Hom, 36-9; 6. Reed, Sol, 36-5 1/4.

Shot put — 1. Nicholas-Silvera, Ken, 50-3; 2. Hicks, Sol, 45-2 1/2; 3. Shelton, Sol, 41-9 1/2; 4. Austin Roberts, Sol, na; 5. Rasmussen, Hom, 41-3; 6. Brazenton, Sol, 38-6 1/2.

Discus — 1. Nicholas-Silvera, Ken, 157-1; 2. Hicks, Sol, 137-2 1/2; 3. Keener, Ken, 129-3 1/2; 4. Rasmussen, Hom, 120-7 1/2; 5. Smith, Sky, 116-0 1/2; 6. Layland, Hom, 111-2.



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