Kards, Stars take region meet crowns

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2005

 

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  Kenai's Trevor Baldwin wins the 800-meter run Saturday with a time of 2:03.02. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Kenai's Micah Lillard, second from right, runs to a win in the 100-meter dash Saturday at the Region III track and field championships in front of Kenai's Dakota Craig, Grace Christian's Kevin Jones and Homer's Justin Smith.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Soldotna track coach Mark Devenney finished up with something that's been done often, while Kenai Central coach Liz Burck left with something that hasn't been done in a long time.

The Soldotna girls and Kenai boys won team titles Saturday at the Region III track and field championships at Skyview High School. It was the last region meet for Devenney and Burck, who are both stepping down after next week's state meet.

For the Stars, it is the ninth girls team title in 13 years. For the Kardinals, it is the first boys team title since 1982.

"It was a perfect way to go out," said Devenney, who was named the region girls coach of the year. "These seniors have worked so hard. They've made sacrifices. They've done everything we asked them to do."

Devenney said he was speaking specifically about Ari Goldstein, Katie Franzmann and Rachel McCartan. Those three combined to score 54 points in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

Goldstein, who was named the athlete of the meet on the girls side, cruised to victories in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 even though she has been battling injury all season.

 

Soldotna's Ari Goldstein runs with a wide lead beneath the flag during the 1600-meter run Saturday at the Region III track and field championships at Skyview High School. She won the event with a time of 5:28.39.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"We've had a lot of injuries on the team all year," Goldstein said. "We held together, and we were able to put it together at the region meet."

In addition to Goldstein's firsts, Franzmann finished second in the 3,200 and 1,600 and McCartan was second in the 800.

Devenney said that at the beginning of the season, he didn't think his girls would have a problem winning the region. With the injuries this season, the Stars ended up battling for the crown. Soldotna scored 91 points, defeating runner-up Colony by 16.

The Stars also got a big boost from freshman Paige Blackburn, who won both the shot put and the discus. Lauren Olendorff also finished second in the 100 hurdles.

Blackburn said she expected to win the shot put, but she was surprised to top Nikiski's Debbie Duggin in the discus.

"I feel good about that," said Blackburn when asked about her contribution to the team title. "Soldotna has had a good reputation, so I'm happy to help out with that."

The Kenai boys had to overcome boys athlete of the meet Justin Schwartzbauer of Colony and boys coach of the year Mark Doner of Colony. Schwartzbauer won the 110 and 300 hurdles, breaking the region 300 hurdles record in the process, and also was on two winning relay teams.

Kenai won the meet with 116 points, beating runner-up Colony by seven.

 

Kenai's Amber McGlasson clears a barrier in the 300-meter hurdles Saturday. She won both hurdle events and contributed to the Kardinals' first-place 800-meter relay win.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Kardinals countered Colony with a stellar athlete in the throws, sprints and distance events.

Papapa Nicholas got the meet started right for the Kardinals by winning the shot put and discus. Nicholas said he felt good in both events. His toss of 54 feet, 6 1/2 inches, was a new personal record in the shot put, while his discus was only a few feet off his personal record. Heading into the weekend, Nicholas was tops in the state in the discus and second in the shot put.

"I want to win both (at state)," Nicholas said. "I don't train for second place. We'll see what happens."

Micah Lillard proved to be a key addition to the Kenai track team this season. Lillard was a track star in middle school, then he didn't go out for the sport his freshman through junior years.

Saturday, Lillard won the 100 and 200 and also helped Kenai to second place in the 400 relay.

"I definitely have no regrets about coming out for the track team and giving soccer a break," Lillard said.

Lillard was set to make his mark in the 800 relay, as well, but a bad handoff knocked the Kardinals out of the race.

It was gut-check time for the Kardinals, because similar misfortune kept them from winning the region meet last year. The disqualification eliminated any big cushion the Kardinals had over the Knights.

 

Kenai's Trevor Baldwin wins the 800-meter run Saturday with a time of 2:03.02.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Kardinals almost had another big problem in the 400 relay when Michael Scheffert injured his hamstring midway through his leg. Scheffert toughed it out and got the baton to the next runner, giving Kenai valuable second-place points.

"That was just sheer determination on his part," Burck said. "That's just one of the examples of how the guys worked together and stepped up."

Another runner who stepped up for Kenai was Trevor Baldwin, who finished third in the 3,200, second in the 1,600 and then first in the 800. He also anchored Kenai's 3,200 relay to a second-place finish.

Baldwin had good races with Seward's Matt Adams, who won the 3,200, and Colony's Peter Doner, who won the 1,600.

"(Doner) beat me with a lean in the 16," Baldwin said. "I had to get him back for that."

The region meet also featured wins from Kenai's Amber McGlasson in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. McGlasson also ran the leadoff leg for the winning 800 relay team, which included Elissa White, Madison Gifford and Candace Walker.

She said her best performance came in the 100 hurdles, where she set a personal best of 15.78 seconds.

"I was just looking to break 16 seconds," McGlasson said. "I got off to a great start and I just used that. It helped having the wind at my back."

The Nikiski track team saved its best for last at the meet. The Bulldogs' lone win came in the 1,600 relay.

 

Nikiski anchor Angie Doty beats Soldotna's Ari Goldstein across the line Saturday in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:20.9.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Georgie Heaverley, Laura Rooper and Hannah Thompson combined to get Angie Doty the baton a couple seconds in back of Goldstein. Doty, a sprinter, shot past Goldstein 50 meters from the start as if Goldstein was standing still.

"That surprised me," Goldstein said. "I'm no sprinter, but I was running hard, and she just blew past me. I just tried to focus and run her down."

The speculation at the finish line was that such a fast start would cost Doty dearly in the last 100 meters, but she held on for the victory and automatic state berth.

"I've been telling her she's a quarter-miler for three years," said Nikiski coach Ned Clooten of Doty, who was not entered in the 400 at the meet. "She proved it today."

Skyview coach Rob Sparks said the highlights for his team were Jennifer Holland in the long jump and Ella Fehrer in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Sparks said both should qualify for state.

Fehrer hit the last hurdle in the preliminaries of the 100 hurdles. She crawled across the finish line and qualified for the finals by one-hundredth of a second.

"For four years, her mentality has been that every little thing counts," Sparks said. "If she doesn't crawl over that finish line as quick as she can, she has no chance to make it to state."

Sparks also said Josh Lansing set a school record in the 800.

Other winners and automatic qualifiers from the peninsula were Seward's Adams in the 3,200 and Seward's 3,200 girls relay of Anna Clock, Rubye Foldager, Lara Loomis and Denali Foldager.

The other record breaker Saturday was Colony's Hallie Huggins, who ran 12.80 seconds to set a new record in the 100.

Region III track and field

championships

Friday, Saturday

at Skyview High School

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. Soldotna, 91; 2. Colony, 75; 3. Kodiak, 62; 4. Seward, 56; 5. Kenai Central, 55; 6. Anchorage Christian Schools, 39; 7. Palmer, 37; 8. Nikiski, 26; 9 (tie). Grace Christian, Skyview, 22; 11. Homer, 19; 12. Wasilla, 18; 13. Valdez, 1.

3,200-meter relay — 1. Seward (Clock, R. Foldager, Loomis, D. Foldager), 10 minutes, 21.78 seconds); 2. Kenai Central, 10:31.83; 3. Kodiak, 10:37.78; 4. Grace Christian, 10:45.88; 5. Wasilla, 10:49.11; 6. Palmer, 11:37.26.

100 hurdles — 1. Amber McGlasson, Ken, 15.78; 2. Lauren Olendorff, Sol, 16.31; 3. Hallie Huggins, Col, 16.91; 4. Ella Fehrer, Sky, 16.99; 5. Aimee Villard, ACS, 17.36; 6. Ali-K Babcock, Col, 17.43.

100 — 1. Hallie Huggins, Col, 12.80; 2. Ardrienna Everett, Col, 13.20; 3. Erika Klaar, Hom, 13.30; 4. Angie Doty, Nik, 13.33; 5. Jasmine Oliver, Kod, 13.33; 6. Candace Walker, Ken, 13.40.

800 relay — 1. Kenai Central (McGlasson, White, Gifford, Walker), 1:52.51; 2. Palmer, 1:54.44; 3. Anchorage Christian Schools, 1:56.75; 4. Grace Christian, 1:57.33; 5. Kodiak, 1:58.56; 6. Skyview, 2:00.85.

1,600 — 1. Ari Goldstein, Sol, 5:28.39; 2. Katie Franzmann, Sol, 5:38.57; 3. Anna Clock, Sew, 5:43.12; 4. Abby Reed, Kod, 5:43.49; 5. Anna Duz, Hom, 5:44.99; 6. Sarah Martinez, Gra, 5:50.63.

400 relay — 1. Palmer (Lincecum, Brown, Oosting, Beetch), 53.82; 2. Kenai Central, 55.01; 3. Anchorage Christian Schools, 55.07; 4. Kodiak, 55.09; 5. Grace Christian, 55.26; 6. Seward, 56.98.

400 — 1. Maggie Miller, ACS, 1:02.48; 2. Denali Foldager, Sew, 1:03.01; 3. Ardriena Everett, Col, 1:03.16; 4. Elizabeth Metcalf, Gra, 1:04.03; 5. Rubye Foldager, Sew, 1:04.71; 6. Whitney Wright, Vald, 1:05.02

300 hurdles — 1. Amber McGlasson, Ken, 47.53; 2. Denali Foldager, Sew, 49.28; 3. Ella Fehrer, Sky, 49.65; 4. Tasha Lee Gilmore, Pal, 50.74; 5. Briana Young, Kod, 50.87; 6. Aimee Villard, ACS, 51.84.

800 — 1. Ari Goldstein, Sol, 2:26.21; 2. Rachel McCartan, Sol, 2:28.64; 3. Rubye Foldager, Seward, 2:31.35; 4. Suzanna Caldwell, Was, 2:33.23; 5. Anna Clock, Sew, 2:35.88; 6. Emily DeRoy, Kod, 2:36.57.

200 — 1. Hallie Huggins, Col, 26.62; 2. Candace Walker, Ken, 27.27; 3. Erika Klaar, Hom, 27.37; 4. Angie Doty, Nik, 27.38; 5. Kahla Oosting, Pal, 27.78; 6. Jasmine Oliver, Kod, 27.95.

1,600 relay — 1. Nikiski (Doty, Heaverley, Rooper, Thompson), 4:20.90; 2. Anchorage Christian School, 4:22.07; 3. Soldotna, 4:22.09; 4. Homer, 4:25.96; 5. Grace Christian, 4:26.24; 6. Seward, 4:26.64.

Triple jump — 1. Ardrienna Everett, Col, 35 feet, 9 inches; 2. Hallie Huggins, Col, 35-06.75; 3. Hillarie Putnam, Was, 33-05.25; 4. Monika Banic, Sew, 32-10; 5. Jasmine Oliver, Kod, 32-08; 6. Korie Burroughs, Gra, 31-08.75.

Shot put — 1. Paige Blackburn, Sol, 35-04.50; 2. Kelly Odell, Kod, 33-02; 3. Lara Loomis, Sew, 32-11; 4. Jade Oleck, Col, 32-01.50; 5. Tamara Beardsley, Kod, 30-04; 6. Jessica Isaako, Kod, 30-03.50.

3,200 — 1. Ari Goldstein, Sol, 11:37.58; 2. Katie Franzmann, Sol, 11:54.28; 3. Nychele Fischetti, ACS, 11:59.97; 4. Casey Martinez, Gra, 12:20.67; 5. Jacquie Lutz, Pal, 12:29.66; 6. Anna Duz, Hom, 12:30.06.

High jump — 1. Sefia Bello, Kod, 4-11; 2. Jennifer Holland, Sky, 4-10; 3. Rosanna Lincecum, Pal, 4-8; 4. Kristina Barnes, Sky, 4-6; 5. Kailyn Beetch, Pal, 4-6; 6. Diana Solenberger, Kod, 4-4.

Long jump — 1. Jasmine Oliver, Kod, 16-1.5; 2. Ardrienna Everett, Col, 15-11.5; 3. Hillarie Putnam, Was, 15-9; 4. Monika Banic, Sew, 15-5; 5. Kailyn Beetch, Pal, 14-3; 6. Liana Purugganan, Sol, 13-9.75.

Discus — 1. Paige Blackburn, Sol, 109-6.5; 2. Debbie Duggin, Nik, 104-3.5; 3. Kelly Odell, Kod, 98-0; 4. Colleen Kelly, Col, 97-11; 5. Alyssa Emery, Sol, 97-5.5; 6. Jessie Cramer, Pal, 90-10.5.

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Kenai Central, 116; 2. Colony, 109; 3. Palmer, 57; 4. Kodiak, 54; 5. Anchorage Christian Schools, 51; 6. Grace Christian, 36; 7. Soldotna, 30; 8. Valdez, 24; 9. Seward, 22; 10 (tie). Homer, Houston, Skyview, 8.

3,200 relay — 1. Colony (Doner, Erhart, Cook, Gray), 8:29.96; 2. Kenai Central, 8:33.11; 3. Seward, 8:36.04; 4. Kodiak, 8:38.11; 5. Anchorage Christian Schools, 9:03.62; 6. Grace Christian, 9:09.69.

110 hurdles — 1. Justin Schwartzbauer, Col, 14.85; 2. Aleks Pfaffe, Sol, 15.99; 3. Mikey Fuller, ACS, 16.49; 4. Bill Chimphalee, Ken, 16.57; 5. Bryan Self, Sky, 17.37; 6. Thor Jones, Kod, 18.02.

100 — 1. Micah Lillard, Ken, 11.30; 2. Frank Marden, Pal, 11.53; 3. Kevin Jones, Grace, 11.55; 4. Josh Johnson, Val, 11.69; 5. Dakota Craig, Ken, 11.82; 6. Michaell Odell, Kod, 11.85.

800 relay — 1. Kodiak (Smith, Miller, Odell, Steele), 1:34.85; 2. Grace Christian, 1:35.49; 3. Homer, 1:36.40; 4. Colony, 1:38.29; 5. Soldotna, 1:38.99; 6. Anchorage Christian Schools, 1:40.49.

1,600 — 1. Peter Doner, Col, 4:31.34; 2. Trevor Baldwin, Ken, 4:31.61; 3. Matt Adams, Sew, 4:34.69; 4. Roy Erhart, Col, 4:37.08; 5. Austin Ellis, Val, 4:38.02; 6. Miles Dunbar, Kod, 4:39.37.

400 relay — 1. Colony (Harvey, Magner, Schwartzbauer, Registe), 44.93; 2. Kenai Central, 45.28; 3. Palmer, 45.70; 4. Kodiak, 46.73; 5. Anchorage Christian School, 48.26; 6. Homer, 48.33

400 — 1. Josh Johnson, Val, 52.33; 2. Ethan Craddick, Pal, 53.36; 3. Levi Sutton, Ken, 53.58; 4. Brandon Miller, Kod, 53.74; 5. Andrew Edwards, Gra, 53.76; 6. Joe Cook, Col, 54.65.

300 hurdles — 1. Justin Schwartzbauer, Col, 39.91; 2. Jeremy Weber, Pal, 42.15; 3. Jed McGlasson, Ken, 42.98; 4. Mikey Fuller, ACS, 43.10; 5. Corey Rainey, Ken, 44.30; 6. Mike Leath, Kod, 45.40.

800 — 1. Trevor Baldwin, Ken, 2:03.02; 2. Peter Doner, Col, 2:03.85; 3. Steven Guana, Kod, 2:04.92; 4. Josh Lansing, Sky, 2:05.67; 5. Caleb Chase, Sol, 2:08.19; 6. Roy Erhart, Col, 2:08.65.

200 — 1. Micah Lillard, Ken, 22.99; 2. Josh Johnson, Val, 23.29; 3. John Hartmann, Gra, 23.68; 4. Michael Odell, Kod, 23.69; 5. Ethan Craddick, Pal, 23.88; 6. Justin Smith, Hom, 23.89.

1,600 relay — 1. Colony (Schwartzbauer, Truax, Erhart, Atwood), 3:35.47; 2. Grace Christian, 3:36.63; 3. Palmer, 3:40.66; 4. Kodiak, 3:44.93; 5. Skyview, 3:45.52; 6. Anchorage Christian Schools, 3:48.40.

Triple jump — 1. Josh Slepecki, ACS, 42-11.50; 2. Joel Richwine, ACS, 42-10.25; 3. Rhett Magner, Col, 41-00.25; 4. Bill Chimphalee, Ken, 40-04.25; 5. Patrick Lybrand, Sol, 40-04; 6. Cameron Schneider, Sol, 40-00.50.

Discus — 1. Papapa Nicholas, Ken, 165-08; 2. Matt Hicks, Sol, 130-00.50; 3. Clint Keener, Ken, 128-06; 4. Thor Jones, Kod, 126-01.50; 5. Chet Dyson, ACS, 121-09.50; 6. Erik Rasmussen, Hom, 120-02.

3,200 — 1. Matt Adams, Sew, 9:41.78; 2. Peter Doner, Col, 9:45.30; 3. Trevor Baldwin, Ken, 9:47.78; 4. Jared Sunberg, Kod, 10:07.62; 5. Miles Dunbar, Kod, 10:11.12; 6. Jacob Parisien, Pal, 10:12.56.

High jump — 1. Frank Marden, Pal, 6-2; 2. Aren Voss, ACS, 6-0; 3. David Abbott, Pal, 5-10; 4. Kyle Coleman, Ken, 5-8; 5. Kelvin Blanning, Ken, 5-8; 6. Cameron Schneider, Sol, 5-6.

Long jump — 1. David Registe, Col, 20-11; 2. Josh Slepecki, ACS, 20-0.75; 3. Rhett Magner, Col, 19-8.5; 4. Kevin Jones, Grace, 19-7.75; 5. John Hartmann, Gra, 19-4.25; 6. Joel Richwine, ACS, 19-1.5.

Shot put — 1. Papapa Nicholas, Ken, 54-6.5; 2. Andy Kappler, Hou, 48-1.25; 3. Matt Hicks, Sol, 45-8.25; 4. Michael Odell, Kod, 43-8; 5. Jacob Heun, Pal, 42-11.5; 6. Wade Bowen, Col, 41-7.5.



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