Kodiak boys, ACS girls rule region

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2007


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  Kenai's Jed McGlasson, Stephen Wilson and Bill Chimphalee dominate the 110-meter hurdles Saturday at the Region III Track and Field Championships at Skyview High School. They finished third, first and second respectively. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Kenai's Jed McGlasson, Stephen Wilson and Bill Chimphalee dominate the 110-meter hurdles Saturday at the Region III Track and Field Championships at Skyview High School. They finished third, first and second respectively.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Nobody on the Kenai Peninsula had seen the Kodiak boys this season.

They were hard to miss on Saturday, though, but not because of their yellow and blue hair or neon yellow jackets.

Setting multiple region records, the Bears dominated the boys side of the Region III Track and Field Championships at Skyview High School, winning every event from the 400 on up with the exception of one.

“They’re like machines or something,” said Seward’s Travis Price. “They just keep going.”

Price was referring specifically to senior Cory Pena and sophomore Trevor Dunbar, who captured a total of three first-place finishes and a pair of seconds in leading Kodiak to a 141-110 victory over second-place Kenai.


Soldotna's Kelly Seggerman sprints to a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash Saturday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Pena — who won the 800 with a time of 1:59.87 — set a new state best and region record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:18.32, while Dunbar also destroyed the previous region record of 4:27.39 with an equally filthy time of 4:23.01.

“Every practice we can push each other to new levels. It’s a little different,” Dunbar said of having such a gifted teammate. “I’m having to get up to my best every single meet. So, it’s good, but at the same time, it’s taxing because every single race is all out.”


Soldotna's Paige Blackburn makes one of her three final throws in the shot put Saturday morning at the Region III Track and Field Championships at Skyview High School. She took first place in the event.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Claiming the 3,200 with a time of 9:40.53 after running an incredible 9:21.85 in Juneau two weeks ago, Dunbar has his sights set on the state record of 4:13 in the mile.

“Not this year, I’m not shooting for that,” he said. “Next year I think I should have a shot if I just keep improving like I am.”

Pena has high hopes, too.

“That’d be awesome. Reachable? I’m definitely going to try for it,” he said. “We’ll see how things go.”

The ACS girls ran away with the event, capturing the title with 123 points over Kodiak (70), SoHi (56), Colony (48.5) and Kenai (44).

But for the Kardinals, the day went according to plan.

The boys hung with the Bears until the 800, when Pena and Dunbar took the first two slots, and had a plethora of first-place finishers.

None was bigger, though, than both the boys and girls 4x400 relay teams.

Corey Rainey, Kellen Flanagan, Jed McGlasson and Levi Sutton smoked the entire field in setting a new state best with a time of 3:31.30, more than five seconds better than their previous best and four-plus seconds better than Kodiak’s former state best.

“It’s probably the best race I’ve ever ran in,” said McGlasson, who also automatically qualified for state by winning the 300 hurdles and also placed third in the 110 hurdles. “Last year we dropped nine seconds this meet. Wanting to go to state, it’s kind of do or die. So, you kind of pick it up.”

The girls squad — comprised of Molly Watkins, Lauren Baldwin, Kalee Alsworth and Lierin Flanagan — also set a new state best with a time of 4:16.33, 3.8 seconds faster than Juneau’s previous time and more than seven seconds better than their old season record.

“We knew that we were all going to have to push it like there’s no tomorrow. Because there wouldn’t have been if we wouldn’t have won this race,” Baldwin said. “We just knew that we had to get in front on an early leg and everyone just did their best.”

McGlasson’s also ecstatic with his performance in the 300 hurdles, which he won by nearly a second over Kodiak’s Mike Leath.

After placing third at state last year, he has even loftier expectations for his senior campaign.

“I’m hoping to take the whole thing,” McGlasson said. “I haven’t ran against anybody being ahead of me the whole race yet. The kid from Chugiak (Shaun Ward), he’ll lead me for the first 200 but I think I can break him at the end.”

Kenai’s Stephen Wilson is definitely heading to state after winning the triple jump and the 110 hurdles and may also go for the long jump (tie for second) and the 4x200 (third), which McGlasson, Sutton and Flanagan also competed on.

In a 15-round jump-off against Seward’s Dylan Beck, Kenai’s Casey Ellis prevailed and will be heading to Fairbanks next weekend.

Bill Chimphalee has a solid chance of going in the 110 hurdles (second), triple jump (fourth) and the long jump, which he tied for second in with Wilson, and Rainey may advance in the 300 hurdles after placing third with a time of 42.07.

Lierin Flanagan, only a freshman, should make some noise at state after winning the 100 and 200 and placing second in the 400.

“It’s amazing. I’m just a freshman and I can’t believe I’m actually going this far,” she said. “I’m really happy. I’m proud of myself.”

Winning both the 100 and 200 every time she stepped onto the track this season, Flanagan was confident — not cocky.

“I didn’t expect it at all,” she said. “You’re not supposed to expect anything because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Kenai coach Tim Sandahl didn’t seem the least bit surprised.

“Lierin getting three golds and one silver as a freshman is unbelievable,” he said “No doubt. She is it.”

As for the team, they’re already talking about next weekend’s trip to Fairbanks.

“Superhappy. I can’t say that I’m disappointed in any way with our kids,” Sandahl said. “All their times were very low. We did well today.”

But the Kardinals weren’t the only team from the peninsula tasting success on Saturday.

Soldotna absorbed its fair share as well.

Senior Kelly Seggerman won the 100 and 200 after placing third in the state last year in the 100, his stronger event.

“I got a good start, better than yesterday. I just finished it,” he said of the 200. “The kid from Grace (Blake Arnold) had a faster time than me. He’s a good competitor. I could feel him just breathing right behind my ear. He was really close. I had a better race today a little bit.”

And Paige Blackburn, well, she’s still dominating.

After taking second in the shot put and fourth in the discus at state last year, the junior wants nothing short of first place this season following another impressive outing that included victories in both events.

“This year I’m going for first in both,” she said. “I’m going for two state titles.”

She owns the state’s best discus throw by nearly 8.5 feet and holds the best shot toss by more than 4 feet.

But having no local competition makes it harder, she said.

“Actually, I really don’t like it that way. I wish I had some competition around to push myself,” Blackburn said. “I just can’t wait until the state tournament where there’s some girls that I can compete with.

“I have a certain distance I want to throw and I go for that distance. I don’t even think about other people,” she added. “That might sound cocky, but I’ve never really worried about the competition here.”

She’s also a member of the 4x100 team, also consisting of Megan Hardy, April Heffner and Chelsea Wilbanks, which placed second by .17 seconds.

“We barely lost. I almost had her. A couple more steps,” said Heffner, who anchored the team and also finished third in the 100.

Wilbanks will be traveling to state after capturing the high jump crown with a leap of five feet.

Freshman Kailey Mucha should also be going after whizzing through the 800 with a personal best time of 2:26.08.

“Before regions, they had a new strategy for me, just go out in front and just keep going,” an out-of-breath Mucha said. “And it worked. I’m happy with that.”

After that scintillating performance, she’s hoping to be awarded a state berth, although she wasn’t too interested prior to it.

“I really want to go state now. I didn’t want to go before, but now I really want to go,” she said. “It’s just all up in Fairbanks and a lot of competition — but now I want to go.”

Soldotna’s Ryan Shelton and Homer’s Erik Rasmussen continued to put on impressive throwing displays as Shelton won the shot put and Rasmussen took the discus, with the other one taking second in both events.

Also from Homer, Erika Klaar placed third in the 400.

Another freshman, Skyview’s Ivy O’Guinn, placed second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200 while her teammate Angela Tri finished third in the 200.

Nikiski’s Eliza Chadwick claimed third in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles after winning the 100 hurdles at the borough meet.

While Seward’s Price finished third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 800, Rubye Foldager placed fourth in the 3,200 and the 4x200 team took second, the Seahawks still suffered a major scare.

Foldager’s twin, Denali, who captured the 300 hurdles crown at state last year, wasn’t able to compete in the regional event this year after collapsing on the second lap of the 1,600 and being taken by ambulance to the hospital.

“In fact, she was spitting mad because they were putting her in the ambulance and she wanted to run the 300,” said Seahawks’ coach Lori Krier. “I put in an appeal. But I’ve never seen them honor an appeal like that.

“Not even an appeal, a request, that they consider her times and that she’s a previous state champion. Sometimes that’s just the hard knocks,” she added. “I have coached track in two different states for 18 years and I have never seen that happen.”

Ardrienna Everett, who won the 300 hurdles, said it didn’t feel right running without her formidable foe.

“It didn’t feel like I should have even been running today because she’s my main competition and I was looking forward to going in there and trying my best against. That way I can improve my time,” she said. “This one’s for Denali because she collapsed in the mile. And she won state last year. And she’s such a nice person. So, I ran that one for her.”

Cook Inlet boys, girls take Region II titles

The Cook Inlet Academy girls and boys track teams won the Region II championship on Friday and Saturday at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks.

The CIA girls also took the sportsmanship award and Holly Kopp, who won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, was named the girls athlete of the meet. Also for the CIA girls, Sadie Arneson won the 100, Brooke Forsi won the 200 and 400, Amie Smithwick took the 100 and 300 hurdles and CIA’s 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams were all victorious.

For the boys, Josh Holly won the 800 and was second in the 1,600 and 3,200. John Forsi won the 100, Kyle Wisnewski won the long jump and Lars Arneson won the 400. The 400 and 3,200 relay teams also won, with the squad of Holly, Forsi, Arneson and Chuck Kopp winning a thrilling race in the 3,200.

Matthew Carroll can be reached at matthew.carroll@peninsulaclarion.com.

Region III Track and Field Championships

Friday, Saturday

at Skyview High School


Team scores: 1. Anchorge Christian Schools, 123; 2. Kodiak, 70; 3. Soldotna, 56; 4. Colony, 48.5; 5. Kenai Central, 44; 6. Wasilla, 41; 7. Grace Christian, 40; 8. Skyview, 33; 9. Seward, 20; 10. Palmer, 16.5; 11. Homer, 16; 12. Nikiski, 14; 13. Valdez, 1.

100 meters — 1. Lierin Flanagan, Ken, 13.1h seconds; 2. Linzee Burcham, 13.3h; 3. April Heffner, 13.3h; 4. Marina Critchett, Hom, 13.4h; 5. Brionna Lopez, ACS, 13.5h; 6. Melissa Grammer, Val, 13.5h.

200 — 1. Lierin Flanagan, Ken, 27.44; 2. Linzee Burcham, Kod, 27.78; 3. Angela Tri, Sky, 27.91; 4. April Heffner, Sol, 28.01; 5. Allie Grazulis, Col, 28.04; 6. Erika Klaar, Hom, 28.35.

400 — 1. Maggie Miller, ACS, 1:00.96; 2. Lierin Flanagan, Ken, 1:01.56; 3. Erika Klaar, Hom, 1:02.49; 4. Rebekah Bang, ACS, 1:03.29; 5. Kalee Alsworth, Ken, 1:04.08; 6. Elizabeth Metcalf, Gra, 1:04.11.

800 — 1. Maggie Miller, ACS, 2:25.05; 2. Kailey Mucha, Sol, 2:26.08; 3. Nychele Fischetti, ACS, 2:26.75; 4. Syrena Poulos, Kod, 2:27.20; 5. Rebekah Bang, ACS, 2:27.21; 6. Alex West, Sky, 2:28.01.

1,600 — 1. Nychele Fischetti, ACS, 5:22.24; 2. Ivy O’Guinn, Sky, 5:29.21; 3. Abby Reed, Kod, 5:31.52; 4. Molly Watkins, Ken, 5:33.27; 5. Emma Bohman, Pal, 5:35.27; 6. Jacquie Lutz, Pal, 5:38.31.

3,200 — 1. Abby Reed, Kod, 11:31.80; 2. Nychele Fischetti, ACS, 11:32.52; 3. Ivy O’Guinn, Sky, 11:40.98; 4. Rubye Foldager, Sew, 11:54.86; 5. Emma Bohman, Pal, 11:56.81; 6. Jacquie Lutz, Pal, 12:00.23.

100 hurdles — 1. Anna Simmers, ACS, 16.55; 2. Hilarie Putnam, Was, 17.09; 3. Eliza Chadwick, Nik, 17.22; 4. Alicia Ramos, Kod, 17.80; 5. Karley Madren, ACS, 18.12; 6. Rachel Hoffman, Was, 18.24.

300 hurdles — 1. Ardrienna Everett, Col, 47.95; 2. Marjie Dupea, Gra, 49.35; 3. Anna Simmers, ACS, 50.04; 4. Eliza Chadwick, Nik, 51.12; 5. Deorte Flemming, Kod, 51.84; 6. Rachel Hoffman, Was, 52.59.

400 relay — 1. Kodiak (Daoust, Rennick, Block, Burcham), 53.34; 2. Soldotna, 53.51; 3. ACS, 53.99; 4. Skyview, 54.56; 5. Palmer, 54.83; 6. Wasilla, 55.10.

800 relay — 1. Kodiak (Block, Burcham, Daoust, Rennick), 1:51.36; 2. ACS, 1:52.34; 3. Seward, 1:53.46; 4. Palmer, 1:54.14; 5. Grace, 1:54.4h; 6. Soldotna, 1:55.08.

1,600 relay — 1. Kenai (Watkins, Baldwin, Alsworth, Flanagan), 4:16.33; 2. ACS, 4:18.74; 3. Colony, 4:21.22; 4. Palmer, 4:23.62; 5. Kodiak, 4:24.67; 6. Grace, 4:28.56.

3,200 relay — 1. ACS (Miller, Bang, Lehe, Fischetti), 9:52.2h; 2. Seward, 9:53.0h; 3. Kodiak, 10:07.4h; 4. Skyview, 10:12.0h; 5. Grace, 10:24.0h; 6. Colony, 10:24.4h.

Triple jump — 1. Hilarie Putnam, Was, 34 feet, 3.25 inches; 2. Ardrienna Everett, Col, 33-11; 3. Malina Simmers, ACS, 33-7.75; 4. Allie Grazulis, Col, 33-5; 5. Kahla Oosting, Was, 31-10.75; 6. Karley Madren, ACS, 31-6.

Shot put — 1. Paige Blackburn, Sol, 39-8; 2. Alexis Arnold, Gra, 36-8; 3. Rosie Berg, Gra, 34-3; 4. Sam Rorrison, Nik, 34-0; 5. Lindsay Layland, Hom, 32-7; 6. Reba Temple, Hom, 32-7.

High jump — 1. Chelsea Wilbanks, Sol, 5-0; 2. Hilarie Putnam, Was, 4-10; 3. Sierra Hodgson, Col, 4-10; 4. Kristina Barnes, Sky, 4-8; 5. Katie Peck, Sew, 4-8; 6. Siobhan Johansen, Col, 4-6.

Long jump — 1. Hilarie Putnam, Was, 17-1; 2. Malina Simmers, ACS, 16-0; 3. Sierra Hodgson, Col, 15-10; 4. Ardrienna Everett, Col, 15-9.75; 5. Allie Grazulis, Col, 15-6; 6. Jenna Johnson, Was, 14-10.

Discus — 1. Paige Blackburn, Sol, 123-2; 2. Rebecca Riopelle, Gra, 108-5; 3. Anna Simmers, ACS, 107-6; 4. Alexis Arnold, Gra, 104-2; 5. Lindsay Layland, Hom, 93-3; 6. Rosie Berg, Gra, 93-1.


Team scores: 1. Kodiak, 141; 2. Kenai Central, 110; 3. Soldotna, 50; 4. Palmer, 48; 5. Colony, 44; 6. Grace, 39; 7. Homer, 33; 8. Seward, 26; 9. Anchorage Christian Schools, 17; 10. Wasilla, 8; 11. Houston, 4; 12. Skyview, 2; 13. Valdez, 1.

100 — 1. Kelly Seggerman, Sol, 11.59; 2. Andy Dittman, Kod, 11.76; 3. Otis Williams, Was, 11.79; 4. Blake Arnold, Gra, 11.90; 5. Devin Konkler, Pal, 11.91; 6. Michael Odell, Kod, 11.97.

200 — 1. Kelly Seggerman, Sol, 23.32; 2. Devin Konkler, Pal, 23.48; 3. Blake Arnold, Gra, 23.50; 4. John Daly, Pal, 23.68; 5. Andy Dittman, Kod, 24.07; 6. Deonte Powe, Hom, 24.10.

400 — 1. Michael Hosley, Kod, 51.30; 2. Drew Edwards, Gra, 51.70; 3. Deonte Powe, Hom, 52.28; 4. Levi Sutton, Ken, 52.73; 5. Bradley Truax, Col, 52.78; 6. Charlie Garcia, Kod, 53.43.

800 — 1. Cory Pena, Kod, 1:59.87; 2. Trevor Dunbar, Kod, 2:00.39; 3. Kevin Smith, Pal, 2:00.79; 4. Travis Price, Sew, 2:03.18; 5. Jordan Foster, Kod, 2:04.54; 6. Leif Karlberg, Gra, 2:04.58.

1,600 — 1. Cory Pena, Kod, 4:18.32; 2. Trevor Dunbar, Kod, 4:23.01; 3. Travis Price, Sew, 4:37.26; 4. Lucas Fried, Kod, 4:39.61; 5. Carlos Arias, ACS, 4:42.98; 6. Jake Parisien, Pal, 4:43.38.

3,200 — 1. Trevor Dunbar, Kod, 9:40.53; 2. Lucas Fried, Kod, 9:56.27; 3. Antone Zagars, Col, 10:04.23; 4. Hollis Troxel, ACS, 10:08.32; 5. Miles Dunbar, Kod, 10:09.39; 6. Jake Parisien, Pal, 10:09.92.

110 hurdles — 1. Stephen Wilson, Ken, 15.86; 2. Bill Chimphalee, Ken, 15.98; 3. Jed McGlasson, Ken, 16.66; 4. Erick Morris, Sol, 16.76; 5. Michael Zagars, Col, 16.81; 6. Matt Kinney, Hom, 17.38.

300 hurdles — 1. Jed McGlasson, Ken, 40.67; 2. Mike Leath, Kod, 41.64; 3. Corey Rainey, Ken, 42.07; 4. Chase Jensen, Sol, 42.80; 5. David Gray, Col, 42.81; 6. Michael Zagars, Col, 42.82.

400 relay — 1. Kodiak (Payne, Dittman, Gilbert, Odell), 44.84; 2. Palmer, 44.98; 3. Homer, 46.05; 4. Kenai, 46.21; 5. Soldotna, 46.45; 6. Skyview, 46.52.

800 relay — 1. Kodiak (Dittman, Payne, Hosley, Odell), 1:32.39; 2. Palmer, 1:32.91; 3. Kenai, 1:34.00; 4. Colony, 1:34.41; 5. Skyview, 1:37.40; 6. Homer, 1:38.53.

1,600 relay — 1. Kenai (Kiefer, Flanagan, McGlasson, Sutton), 3:31.20; 2. Kodiak, 3:34.12; 3. Colony, 3:34.78; 4. Grace, 3:37.47; 5. ACS, 3:39.37; 6. Palmer, 3:39.42.

3,200 relay — 1. Kodiak (M. Dunbar, T. Dunbar, Foster, Fried), 8:12.7h; 2. Seward, 8:17.5h; 3. Grace, 8:19.7h; 4. Palmer, 8:24.9h; 5. Colony, 8:29.2h; 6. ACS, 8:42.2h.

Triple jump — 1. Stephen Wilson, Ken, 42-2.25; 2. Joel Richwine, ACs, 41-10; 3. Michael Zagars, Col, 41-3.5; 4. Bill Chimphalee, Ken, 40-4.25; 5. Erick Morris, Sol, 38-11; 6. Nikita Naumoff, Ken, 38-10.75.

Discus — 1. Erik Rasmussen, Hom, 161-4; 2. Ryan Shelton, Sol, 150-8; 3. Nathan Svedin, Pal, 147-1; 4. Israel Morales, Hou, 128-3; 5. Nathan Bird, Ken, 124-1; 6. Max Merick, Kod, 116-10.

High jump — 1. Casey Ellis, Ken, 6-1; 2. Dylan Beck, Sew, 6-0.5; 3. Jeremy Jurgensen, Col, 5-10; 4 (tie). Nikita Naumoff, Ken, Antone Zagars, Col, 5-8; 6. Ben Tapangco, Val, 5-8.

Long jump — 1. Blake Arnold, Gra, 19-6.75; 2. Bill Chimphalee, Ken, 19-4.75; 3. Stephen Wilson, Ken, 19-4.75; 4. Jeremy Jurgensen, Col, 19-.5; 5. Nathan Bird, Ken, 18-2.25; 6. Joel Richwine, ACS, 18-1.75.

Shot put — 1. Ryan Shelton, Sol, 51-5; 2. Erik Rasmussen, Hom, 51-3; 3. Michael Odell, Kod, 47-9; 4. Max Merick, Kod, 45-7; 5. Christopher LA FE, Was, 44-5; 6. Noah McWilliams, Hom, 42-0.

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