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Seward boys take 1st place: Title drama

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011

Seward's Austin Gillespie took the baton from his teammate and started running.

In second place and trailing the leader by a few strides on the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay at the Class 1-2-3A state track and field championship at Lathrop High School on Saturday, Gillespie began to close the gap.

The margin shrank on the first straightaway and dwindled even more as he and his counterpart from Grace Christian rounded the final corner.

Gillespie made a pass with 70 meters to go and never looked back, delivering the Seward boys their second state team title in three years.

"It was unbelievable, it was beautiful," Seward coach Lori Krier said. "That was it, that was the last race of the meet, we needed it to win the title."

Seward finished with 84.5 points, sneaking past Grace (84), which led 76-74.5 going into the 1,600 relay, the final event of the day. The Seahawks earned 10 points for winning the race, while Grace settled for eight, allowing the Seahawks to leapfrog to the title. Grace won the girls team title. Also competing were athletes from Cook Inlet Academy and Nikiski.

Cook Inlet Academy's Cara Davidson gave the Eagles a highlight by winning the discus, throwing it 102--1 to defeat runner-up Abby Jones of Haines (97--10). Teammate Zach Taplin took seventh in the shot put and sixth in the discus on the boys side.

But Seward made the most noise.

"Everybody was running around and screaming and jumping up and down," Krier said.

Krier said the boys had a top-four finisher in every event in which they competed except for the high jump.

The Seahawks won the 3,200 relay, Gillespie took the 400 and Andrew Buchanan captured the 300 hurdles.

Beau Crosby took third in the discus, Aaron Sorenson placed third in the 300 hurdles, Brett Chase was second in the 800, Miles Knotek grabbed third in both the 1,600 and 3,200. The 400 relay team earned fourth, while the 800 relay nabbed third.

Tessa Adelmann won the shot put in the girls competition, posting a distance of 32--11 1-4 to the 32--1 of Yakutat's Ellen Esbenshade. Adelmann was Seward's lone female competitor.

Krier said Grace was disqualified in the 800 relay for a false start, which opened the door for the Seahawks to climb the standings.

"This comes as a surprise, we were not expecting to be in the hunt for a title," Krier said. "With our team strengths, we thought fourth, maybe third, if we were lucky."

In addition to Gillespie, it was a big weekend for Buchanan. He ran legs on both winning relays to go with his gold in the 300, giving the senior three trophies.

"It's pretty cool," Buchanan said by phone Saturday. "Especially since it's my senior year, I wanted to go out having a good day."

The Nikiski boys placed fifth in the 1,600 relay.

Class 1-2-3A state track and field championships

Friday

Lathrop High School

Girls

3,200 -- 1, Strong, Katie, Port Lions, 11:48.00. 2, Trujillo, Claire, Grace Christian, 11:56.22. 3, Wilson, Kailey, Kenny Lake, 12:06.84. 4, Applegate, Mariah, Grace Christian, 12:11.07. 5, Murtiff, Mickey, Eielson, 12:21.86. 6, Arnold, Elle, Grace Christian, 12:28.21.

4x800 relay -- 1, Grace Christian (Winkle, Betsy, Leadbetter, Brooke, Arnold, Elle, Davis, BethAnne), 10:49.80. 2, Petersburg, 11:23.63. 3, Anchorage Christian, 11:43.54. 4, Monroe Catholic, 11:58.75. 5, Delta Junction, 12:08.52. 6, Haines, 12:09.44.

High Jump -- 1, Boskofsky, Raissa, Port Lions, 4-08. 2, Gavora, Alexis, Monroe Catholic, 4-06. 2, Quinlan, Callie, Anch. Christian, 4-06. 4, Jaconette, Olivia, Anch. Christian, J4-06. 4, Loper, Ayla, Su Valley, J4-06. 6, Hughey, Alaire, Sitka, 4-04. Johnson, Bessie, Petersburg, NH.

Triple Jump -- 1, Bennett, Jenelle, Anch. Christian, 32-06.25, 2, Badgley, Serena, Haines, 30-08.75, 3, Medalen, Clara, Petersburg, 30-02, 4, Rowe, Kayla, Grace Christian, 30-01, 5, Roehl, Chelsea, Hutchison, 28-07.75, 6, Leverton, Rori, Skagway, 26-11.50, Hughey, Alaire, Sitka, FOUL.

Shot Put -- 1, Adelmann, Tessa, Seward, 32-11.25. 2, Esbenshade, Ellen, Yakutat, 32-01. 3, Hartley, Emily, Su Valley, 30-05. 4, Hueton, Rekia, Su Valley, 30-02.25. 5, Jones, Abby, Haines, 29-03. 6, Young, Alisha, Haines, 28-11.75. 7, Obermeyer, Demi, Monroe Catholic, 26-11.50.

Boys

3,200 -- 1, Ionashku, Andrey, Delta Junction, 9:34.98. 2, Klein, John, Grace Christian, 10:05.32. 3, Knotek, Miles, Seward, 10:17.82. 4, Serventi, Daniel, Grace Christian, 10:36.64. 5, Hamilton, Blake, Haines, 10:38.10. 6, Isaacs, Ivan David, Grace Christian, 11:01.43.

4x800 relay -- 1, Seward (Marshall, Jacob, Chase, Brett, Gillespie, Austin, Buchanan, Andrew), 8:42.42. 2, Anchorage Christian, 9:00.19. 3, Sitka, 9:07.06. 4, Haines, 9:29.02. 5, Delta Junction, 9:48.59. 6, Petersburg, 10:00.49.

High jump -- 1, Walker, Kasey, Valdez, 6-01. 2, Delauder, Scott, Eielson, 5-08. 2, Simmers, Augustus, Anch. Christian, 5-08. 4, Keeney, George, Valdez, 5-06. 5, Moore, Matthew, Seward, 5-04. 5, Voss, Chris, Anch. Christian, 5-04. --, Kidd, Saber, Su Valley, NH. --, Carstens, Seth, Nikiski, NH. --, Reed, Jorden, Petersburg, NH.

Triple jump -- 1, Drew, Donovan, Delta Junction, 40-05.75. 2, Carter, Jake, Tri Valley, 39-08.50. 3, Keeney, George, Valdez, 39-03. 4, Garner, Kaylon, Anch. Christian, 37-11.25. 5, Railing, Jordan, Anch. Christian, 37-10.25. 6, Holmes, James, Monroe Catholic, 37-04.75.

Discus -- 1, Markel, Chase, Grace Christian, 146-05. 2, Piper, Nathan, Haines, 140-07. 3, Crosby, Beau, Seward, 121-10. 4, Johnson, Lincoln, Nikiski, 115-08. 5, Johnson, Erik, Grace Christian, 115-06. 6, Taplin, Zach, Cook Inlet, 110-01.

Saturday

Girls

100 -- 1, Serventi, Gabriella, Grace Christian, 13.12. 2, Esbenshade, Ellen, Yakutat, 13.22. 3, Williams, Jazzmyn, Eielson, 13.24. 4, Clark, Monica, Monroe Catholic, 13.33. 5, Ihde, Sarah, Grace Christian, 13.45. 6, Nelson, Emma, Port Lions, 13.67.

200 -- 1, Serventi, Gabriella, Grace Christian, 26.91. 2, Rowles, Chelsea, Eielson, 27.55. 3, Williams, Jazzmyn, Eielson, 27.98. 4, Esbenshade, Ellen, Yakutat, 28.35. 5, Nelson, Emma, Port Lions, 29.18. 6, Gavora, Alexis, Monroe Catholic, 29.35.

400 -- 1, Serventi, Gabriella, Grace Christian, 1:00.13. 2, Fifield, Macala, Monroe Catholic, 1:00.97. 3, Arnold, Elle, Grace Christian, 1:02.44. 4, VandenBerg, Abigail, Gustavus, 1:02.45. 5, Rosini, Caroline, Monroe Catholic, 1:03.67. 6, Rasmussen, Marnie, Haines, 1:04.26.

800 -- 1, Strong, Katie, Port Lions, 2:25.86. 2, Davis, BethAnne, Grace Christian, 2:27.59. 3, Fifield, Macala, Monroe Catholic, 2:28.78. 4, Trujillo, Anna, Grace Christian, 2:29.46. 5, Surdyk, Kaitlyn, Skagway, 2:30.11. 6, Anderson, Leisha, Anch. Christian, 2:30.14.

1600 -- 1, Fifield, Macala, Monroe Catholic, 5:24.69. 2, Trujillo, Claire, Grace Christian, 5:28.14. 3, Strong, Katie, Port Lions, 5:30.11. 4, Wilson, Kailey, Kenny Lake, 5:34.81. 5, Applegate, Mariah, Grace Christian, 5:38.67. 6, Rosini, Caroline, Monroe Catholic, 5:39.11.

100 hurdles -- 1, Bennett, Jenelle, Anch. Christian, 17.09. 2, Karlberg, Hannah, Grace Christian, 17.56. 3, Medalen, Clara, Petersburg, 18.24. 4, Caylor, Brandi, Grace Christian, 18.35. 5, Weller, Grace, Petersburg, 18.77. 6, Roehl, Chelsea, Hutchison, 18.88.

300 hurdles -- 1, Boskofsky, Raissa, Port Lions, 47.93. 2, Fifield, Macala, Monroe Catholic, 49.46. 3, Rowe, Kayla, Grace Christian, 49.96. 4, Esbenshade, Tina, Yakutat, 50.92. 5, Martin, Moriah, Anch. Christian, 52.33. 6, Caylor, Brandi, Grace Christian, 52.59.

4x100 relay -- 1, Grace 'A' (Sutton, Jenna , Davis, Jodi , Rowe, Kayla , Ihde, Sarah ), 53.94. 2, Eielson 'A', 54.52. 3, ACS, 54.79. 4, Petersburg 'A', 56.52. 5, Monroe Catholic 'A', 56.57. 6, Haines 'A', 57.53.

4X200 relay -- 1, Grace 'A' (Sutton, Jenna , Davis, Jodi , Davis, BethAnne , Ihde, Sarah ), 1:53.18. 2, Eielson 'A', 1:53.63. 3, Haines 'A', 1:55.93. 4, ACS 'A', 1:56.90. 5, Petersburg 'A', 1:59.41. 6, Su Valley 'A', 2:02.03.

4x400 relay -- 1, Grace 'A' (Davis, Jodi , Green, Heather , Arnold, Elle , Davis, BethAnne ), 4:20.22. 2, Haines 'A', 4:26.02. 3, ACS 'A', 4:27.03. 4, Yakutat 'A', 4:37.22. 5, Glennallen 'A', 4:41.34. 6, Petersburg 'A', 4:43.29.

Long jump -- 1, Bennett, Jenelle, Anch. Christian, 15-08, w:0.3. 2, Clark, Monica, Monroe Catholic, 15-00.75, w:0.4. 3, Serventi, Gabriella, Grace Christian, 14-01.25, w:0.1. 4, VandenBerg, Abigail, Gustavus, 13-11.25, w:-0.2. 5, Boskofsky, Raissa, Port Lions, 13-06.25, w:0.7. 6, Medalen, Clara, Petersburg, 13-04, w:-0.3.

Discus -- 1, Davidson, Cara, Cook Inlet, 102-01. 2, Jones, Abby, Haines, 97-10. 3, Young, Alisha, Haines, 94-03. 4, Manning, Denali, MSH, 92-02. 5, Obermeyer, Demi, Monroe Catholic, 85-01. 6, Hartley, Emily, Su Valley, 81-09. 7, Roehl, Sky, Hutchison, 79-09. 8, Adelmann, Tessa, Seward, 75-06.

Boys

100 -- 1, Brown, Pat, Eielson, 11.18. 2, Piper, Nathan, Haines, 11.45. 3, Nysewander, Nick, Su Valley, 11.58. 4, Drew, Donovan, Delta Junction, 11.71. 5, Clement, Chris, Sitka, 11.74. 6, Garner, Kaylon, Anch. Christian, 11.89.

200 -- 1, Brown, Pat, Eielson, 23.07. 2, Nysewander, Nick, Su Valley, 23.60. 3, Delauder, Scott, Eielson, 23.91. 4, Lowe, Chris, Valdez, 24.04. 5, Garner, Kaylon, Anch. Christian, 24.06. 6, Clement, Chris, Sitka, 24.09.

400 -- 1, Gillespie, Austin, Seward, 53.02. 2, Mathson, Peter, Sitka, 53.95. 3, Metcalf, Quinton, Grace Christian, 54.18. 4, Johnson, Brayton, Anch. Christian, 54.22. 5, Ionashku, Andrey, Delta Junction, 54.32. 6, Badger, Austin, Haines, 55.23.

800 -- 1, Dillon, Joseph, Grace Christian, 2:00.04. 2, Chase, Brett, Seward, 2:00.37. 3, Ionashku, Andrey, Delta Junction, 2:04.03. 4, Klein, John, Grace Christian, 2:05.59. 5, Henderson, Patrick, Haines, 2:07.23. 6, Carter, Jake, Tri Valley, 2:12.41.

1600 -- 1, Ionashku, Andrey, Delta Junction, 4:26.51. 2, Klein, John, Grace Christian, 4:31.38. 3, Knotek, Miles, Seward, 4:44.31. 4, Carter, Jake, Tri Valley, 4:45.52. 5, Wladyka, Jamie, Sitka, 4:45.61. 6, Moore, Matthew, Seward, 4:53.53.

110 hurdles -- 1, Hamilton, Antonio, Eielson, 15.87. 2, McKoy, BJ, Anch. Christian, 16.10. 3, Dunn, Keefer, Sitka, 16.19. 4, Braaten, Devin, Haines, 16.57. 5, Arnes, Wes, Anch. Christian, 17.78. 6, Drew, Donovan, Delta Junction, 17.90.

300 hurdles -- 1, Buchanan, Andrew, Seward, 42.33. 2, Railing, Jordan, Anch. Christian, 43.47. 3, Sorenson, Aaron, Seward, 43.61. 4, Hamilton, Antonio, Eielson, 43.96. 5, Braaten, Devin, Haines, 44.00. 6, Susky, Christone, Su Valley, 45.37.

4x100 relay -- 1, Eielson 'A' (Hamilton, Antonio , Ellsworth, Tyler , Delauder, Scott , Brown, Pat ), 45.52. 2, ACS 'A', 46.40. 3, Haines 'A', 46.96. 4, Seward 'A', 47.72. 5, Monroe Catholic 'A', 48.35. 6, Grace 'A', 48.42.

4x200 relay -- 1, Eielson 'A' (Hamilton, Antonio , Ellsworth, Tyler , Delauder, Scott , Brown, Pat ), 1:36.38. 2, Grace 'A', 1:36.87. 3, Seward 'A', 1:37.84. 4, Haines 'A', 1:38.33. 5, Sitka 'A', 1:39.82. 6, ACS 'A', 1:40.69.

4x400 relay -- 1, Seward 'A' (Marshall, Jacob , Chase, Brett , Buchanan, Andrew , Gillespie, Austin ), 3:36.55. 2, Grace 'A', 3:37.52. 3, ACS 'A', 3:41.84. 4, Sitka 'A', 3:43.11. 5, Nikiski 'A', 3:51.47. 6, Haines 'A', 3:51.62.

Long jump -- 1, Piper, Nathan, Haines, 19-11.50, w:1.0. 2, Holmes, James, Monroe Catholic, 19-10.25, w:-0.4. 3, Walker, Kasey, Valdez, 19-05.50, w:0.4. 4, McKoy, BJ, ACS, 18-11.25, w:0.2. 5, Simmers, Augustus, ACS, 17-09.75, w:-0.1. 6, Manchester, Zachary, Gustavus, J17-09.75.

Shot put -- 1, Markel, Chase, Grace, 43-07.25. 2, Newlun, Rex, Yakutat, 43-04.75. 3, Piper, Nathan, Haines, 43-00.75. 4, Johnson, Erik, Grace Christian, 42-03.50. 5, Haxton, Brandon, Haines, 40-06. 6, Finau, Samisoni, Glennallen, 40-05.

Team scores

Girls

1. Grace Christian, 142; 2. ACS, 65; 3. Monroe Catholic, 63; 4. Port Lions, 51; 5. Haines, 42; 6. Eielson, 38; 7. Petersburg, 30; 8. Yakutat, 28; 9. Su Valley, 15; 10. Seward, 10; 10. Cook Inlet, 10; 10. Kenny Lake, 10; 13. Gustavus, 8; 14. Meshik School, 4; 15. Skagway, 3; 15. Hutchison, 3; 17. Delta Junction, 2; 17. Glennallen, 2; 19. Sitka, 1.

Boys

1. Seward, 84.5; 2. Grace, 84; 3. ACS, 68.5; 4. Eielson, 67; 5. Haines, 60; 6, Delta Junction, 45; 7. Sitka, 31; 8. Valdez, 30; 9. Su Valley, 15; 10. Tri Valley, 13; 11. Monroe Catholic, 11; 12. Yakutat, 8; 13. Nikiski, 6; 14. Glennallen, 1; 14. Cook Inlet, 1; 14. Gustavus, 1; 14. Petersburg, 1.



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