Right on track

Peninsula athletes pick up six titles at ASAA state track and field meet

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2001

PALMER -- After winning no more than two events at the state track and field meet in the last three years, Kenai Peninsula athletes broke through for six state titles Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School.

The state titles came from Kenai Central's girls 3,200-meter relay team, Soldotna's Janna Schaafsma in the 100 and 300 hurdles, Ninilchik's Molly Bosick in the 400, Soldotna's Sasha Cvetkovski in the shot put and Nikiski's Josh Reilly in the 300 hurdles.

The Kenai girls started off the running finals on the sunny, hot and gorgeous Saturday with a bang, completing their relay in 9 minutes, 42.00 seconds. The time broke Soldotna's 1997 state record by about five seconds.

Mary Krusen and Katherine Amen ran the first two legs for the Kardinals, and when Amen handed the baton to Lindsey Church for the third leg, the Kardinals were in third place.

Church quickly moved up into second, but starting the second of her two laps, she was still a good 10 meters behind West Valley's Heather Person. However, Person hit a wall about 50 meters into the second lap, and Church started reeling her in quickly.

"On the second lap, I could tell she was slowing down," Church said. "That made me want to go hard. I just knew I was going to pass her."

 

Soldotna's Matt Medina leads off the boys 3,200 relay. The Stars finished sixth in the even in 8:22.54.

Photos by Darrell Breese/Morris News Service-Alaska Star

Church did more than pass her. She gave anchor runner Michelle Edwards the baton with about a four-second lead. Church's split was 2:22, a time which would have put her fourth in the 800 later in the day.

Edwards ran her first lap in 1:05, opening a large gap and in effect ending the race. The only thing left to run for was the state record, and Edwards also easily eclipsed that with her split of 2:20.

The relay team took about 13 seconds off its previous best time.

"Our coach told us that if we ran really strong we could get a state record, so that was a goal," Edwards said. "I just didn't expect to get it by so much."

 

Skyview's Erika Edwards completes the girls 1,600-meter run in second place, a step behind East's Kikkan Randall. Edwards finished with a time of 5 minutes, 0.85 seconds.

Photos by Darrell Breese/Morris News Service-Alaska Star

Krusen said a big factor in the race is the close relationship between all of the girls.

"We all ran our hearts out," Krusen said.

While no other peninsula teams set state records, a couple other athletes won historic state titles for their schools.

Bosick became the first track and field athlete from Ninilchik School to win a state title by coming from behind and outkicking Kenai's Edwards in the last 100 meters of the 400. Her time was a blistering 57.94 seconds, which is about one-third of a second off the state record when the difference between electric and hand timing is factored in.

 

Ninilchik's Molly Bosik edges Kenai's Michelle Edwards in the girls 400. Bosik won the event n 57.94 while Edwards ws clocked at 58.21.

Photos by Darrell Breese/Morris News Service-Alaska Star

Making Bosick's feat all the more incredible is that she just started running the 400 this year.

"She didn't want to try it," Ninilchik coach Bernie Clark said. "We convinced her to give it a try. She's found her race."

Clark said one reason Bosick was able to learn the 400 so quickly is she spent the season running alongside Edwards, who has been one of the state's best 400 runners for the past three years.

Bosick, who was third in the 200 at state last year, had never beaten Edwards in the 400 until Saturday. The key to the victory came in the first 100 meters, when Bosick decided to go out a bit harder than she normally does.

 

Soldotna's Janna Schaafsma is all smiles after her first-place finish in the girls 100 hurdles. Schafsma won the event in 15.03, then took the hurdles in 45.11.

Photos by Darrell Breese/Morris News Service-Alaska Star

"Yesterday in the prelims, I ran about 59 seconds and I still felt I had something left," said Bosick, whose previous best in the event was 59.50. "Today, I used everything up."

While Edwards said she definitely wanted the win, she also said Bosick's win was special to her. After the race, Clark and Edwards shared an emotional moment when Clark told Edwards that Bosick never could have won the state title without her.

"To know I had an effect on somebody doing something special means a lot to me," said Edwards, who will room with Bosick at a basketball camp at the University of Oregon in July. "It makes me want to cry."

The other historic victory for a school came from Reilly, who became the first boys athlete from Nikiski to win a state track and field title with his victory in the 300 hurdles.

Reilly was trying to hold off Heritage's Trevor Millar, who had beaten Reilly earlier in the 110 hurdles, over the last 100 meters of the 300 hurdles. With two hurdles left, Reilly stuttered his steps a little bit and Millar drew even.

The two stayed even until the finish line, when a photo finish showed Reilly crossed the line about an inch before Millar. Reilly's time was 40.39, while Millar's was 40.42.

At the finish line, Reilly did his customary dive, leaving him with a nasty scrape on his left knee.

"I try to lean in for the finish line, and my legs just can't support me anymore," said Reilly in explaining his dives. "Of course, I don't really care if my legs can't support me anymore because the race is over."

Reilly also had the lead in the 110 hurdles, but he hit a couple of hurdles, allowing Millar to catch him. Millar won with 15.51, while Reilly ran 15.59.

"When I hit those hurdles, he made up the difference real quick," said Reilly, who had personal bests in both of the events."He's real smooth going over those hurdles. If you make any mistakes, he'll get you."

Although Schaafsma certainly wasn't the first girl from Soldotna to get a state track title, she did manage to get the dual victories in the hurdles that just eluded Reilly.

Schaafsma, who also teamed up with Lissa Cristiano, Tracy Pitts and Brittany Gardner to finish third in the 400 relay, ran a dominant race in the 100 hurdles. She finished in a personal-best 15.03, beating the next competitor by more than a half second.

The time was less than one-tenth of a second off the state record once the difference between electric and hand timing is factored in. However, the state record came over 30-inch hurdles back in 1982. The hurdles are now 33 inches tall.

"That makes it tough," Schaafsma said of possibly getting the state record in the 100 hurdles. "I didn't know about the difference in heights until Lindsay Glaze told me it wasn't fair during my freshman year.

"Coach (Mark Devenney) told me I'll just have to break the 30-inch record."

In the 300 hurdles, Schaafsma held off Lathrop's Angel Binder to win in a personal-best 45.11 seconds, which is .18 off the state record.

"This is the best hurdling performance ever at the state meet," said Devenney, who has been at Soldotna 10 years. "Janna was great today."

Devenney also was happy with the state title by Cvetkovski, who overcame a disappointing sixth place in Friday's discus to win Saturday's shot put.

In the discus, Cvetkovski said she had three throws that would have been good enough to win, but she scratched on all of them.

"I got made fun of by my coaches all last night, and then again this morning," Cvetkovski said. "I didn't want to let that happen again today after the shot put.

"That's what really motivated me. My head wasn't in the discus."

Cvetkovski didn't even want to do the shot put this year, but she was talked out of dropping the event by Devenney. Her winning toss of 37 feet, 1/4 inches, beat the runner-up by more than a foot.

In addition to the six state titles, a couple of peninsula athletes put in stellar performances in finishing second.

At the head of that list was Skyview senior Erika Edwards, who finished second to East's Kikkan Randall in Friday's 3,200 and Saturday's 1,600.

In the 3,200, Edwards led Randall until 600 meters remained, when Randall pulled ahead to win in 10:52.62, while Edwards was at 10:59.03.

The times were even better in the 1,600, when Randall ran a 5:00.21 and Edwards ran a 5:00.85. It's safe to say Edwards, who also went under 11 minutes in the 3,200 in losing to Randall last year, is the best Alaska girls distance runner to never win a state track title.

Edwards, who also finished second to Randall in the state cross country race in the fall, said that distinction doesn't really bother her. She said she'd rather be losing running a 5:00.85, which was a personal best by more than 10 seconds, than winning with a 5:10.

She also said the near five-minute mile gives her confidence heading into her college career at Northern Arizona University, a Division I school.

"There's a couple girls who will be going there who have run 5:01 and 5:02," Edwards said. "I look forward to competing with them. I always run better when I'm competing against somebody else."

Nikiski senior Inger Hulien finished off her career with a second-place finish in the discus, while Kenai sophomore Dallas Baldwin finished second in the high jump.

Baldwin, who cleared 5-2 on her second attempt to assure her placement, said she was satisfied with losing to Colony senior Jessica Nichols.

"She's worked hard and she deserved it," Baldwin said of Nichols. "But next year my goal is to win it."

Finally, Kenai's 1,600 relay team of Krusen, Erica Smith, Church and Edwards finished second.

Soldotna led the peninsula's girls teams with a fifth-place finish, while Kenai was sixth. Nikiski led peninsula boys by tying for eighth.

ASAA State Track and Field Championships

GIRLS

Team standings: 1. Lathrop, 69; 2. Colony, 59; 3. Chugiak, 47; 4. East, 42; 5. Soldotna, 41; 6. Kenai, 35; 7. West, 34; 8. West Valley, 31; 9. Eielson, 26; 10. Dimond, 25; 11. Juneau-Douglas, 20; 11. Skyview, 20; 13. Service, 14.5; 14. Ketchikan, 10; 14. Ninilchik, 10; 16. Nikiski, 9; 17. North Pole, 6; 17. Kodiak, 6; 17. Anchorage Christian, 6; 20. Wasilla, 5; 21. Palmer, 4; 21. Petersburg, 4; 23. Bartlett, 2.5; 24. Haines, 1.

Individual Results

100-meter dash -- 1. DeLoach, Eie, 12.34 seconds; 2. Burras, Lat, 12.67; 3. Turnbough, Col, 12.77; 4. Cristiano, Sol, 13.03; 5. Smith, Ser, 13.26; 6. McGuire, Wes, 13.31.

200 -- 1. Burras, Lat, 25.83; 2. Turnbough, Col, 25.98; 3. DeLoach, Eie, 26.01; 4. Pearce, Dim, 26.43; 5. Smith, Ser, 26.35; 6. Nichols, Col, 26.54.

400 -- 1. Bosick, Nin, 57.94; 2. Edwards, Ken, 58.21; 3. Pearce, Dim, 58.53; 4. Smith, Ser, 59.42; 5. Farris, Was, 59.99; 6. Reimherr, NP, 1:00.22.

800 -- 1. Bolling, Ket, 2:19.01; 2. Colberg, Col, 2:20.37; 3. Ekemo, Chu, 2:21.79; 4. Johnson, WV, 2:21.73; 5. Smith, NP, 2:26.32; 6. Gillette, WV, 2:26.94.

1,600 -- 1. Randall, Eas, 5:00.21; 2. Edwards, Sky, 5:00.85; 3. Ekemo, Chu, 5:02.02; 4. Smith, Wes, 5:03.89; 5. Campbell, Col, 5:19.79; 6. Smith, NP, 5:21.23.

3,200 -- 1. Randall, Eas, 10:52.62; 2. Edwards, Sky, 10:59.03; 3. Smith, Wes, 11:11.51; 4. Colberg, Col, 11:18.16; 5. Krchlik, JD, 11:23.39; 6. Amen, Ken, 11:23.51.

100 hurdles -- 1. Schaafsma, Sol, 15.03; 2. Kinnevan, Chu, 15.75; 3. Tweto, Wes, 16.20; 4. Binder, Lat, 16.22; 5. Eby, Chu, 16.95; 6. Smith, Ser, 17.35.

300 hurdles -- 1. Schaafsma, Sol, 45.11; 2. Binder, Lat, 45.94; 3. Kinnevan, Chu, 47.13; 4. Reabold, Lat, 47.54; 5. Chenoweth, JD, 48.12; 6. Stevens, Lat, 48.41.

400 relay -- 1. Colony, 50.06; 2. Lathrop, 50.19; 3. Soldotna (Cristiano, Pitts, Gardner, Schaafsma), 51.80; 4. West, 52.02; 5. Wasilla, 52.23; 6. Dimond, 52.49.

800 relay -- 1. Lathrop, 1:46.01; 2. Colony, 1:47.28; 3. Dimond, 1:48.92; 4. Service, 1:50.77; 5. Juneau-Douglas, 1:51.16; 6. Bartlett, 1:52.46.

3,200 relay -- 1. Kenai (Krusen, Amen, Church, Edwards), 9:42.00; 2. West Valley, 9:52.90; 3. East, 9:56.09; 4. Juneau-Douglas, 9:57.84; 5. Kodiak, 10:10.28; 6. Chugiak, 10:28.97.

1,600 relay -- 1. East, 4:06.38; 2. Kenai (Krusen, Smith, Church, Edwards), 4:09.27; 3. West Valley, 4:10.71; 4. Kodiak, 4:13.84; 5. North Pole, 4:18.23; 6. West, 4:20.37.

High jump -- 1. Nichols, Col, 5 feet, 3 inches; 2. Baldwin, Ken, 5-2; 3. Mickens, Eas, 5-1; 4. Beardslee, Pet, 5-1; 5. (tie) Watson, Bar, 5-0; 5. Mapes, Ser, 5-0.

Triple jump -- 1. Kinnevan, Chu, 34-8 1/2; 2. McCauley-Johnson, Lat, 34-0 1/2; 3. Fouts, WV, 33-10 1/4; 4. McGuire, Wes, 33-10 1/4; 5. Starr, Wes, 33-9; 6. Ward, Haines, 33-5 1/4.

Long jump --1. DeLoach, Eie, 18-0 1/2; 2. McGuire, Wes, 16-5 3/4; 3. Kinnevan, Chu, 16-4 1/2; 4. Thompson, WV, 15-6 1/2; 5. Eby, Chu, 15-5 1/4; 6. Glaze, Nik, 15-4 1/2.

Shot put -- 1. Cvetkovski, Sol, 37-0 1/2; 2. Thomas, Lat, 35-3; 3. Houston, Dim, 34-8 1/2; 4. Dixon, Pal, 34-1 1/2; 5. Wilson, Col, 33-5 1/2; 6. Schmitz, Was, 33-3 1/2.

Discus -- 1. Tupou, JD, 110-10; 2. Hulien, Nik, 107-9; 3. Hart, ACS, 107-7; 4. Powers, Sky, 103-6; 5. Griffin, Dim, 103-4; 6. Cvetkovski, Sol, 103-2.

Team standings: 1. Bartlett, 80; 2. Kodiak, 66; 3. Dimond, 50; 4. West Valley, 46; 5. East, 40; 6. Colony, 32; 7. Palmer, 29; 8. Nikiski, 25; 8. Lathrop, 25; 10. Heritage, 20; 11. Chugiak, 15; 12. Ketchikan, 14; 12. Service, 14; 14. Juneau-Douglas, 12; 14. Sitka, 12; 14. North Pole, 12; 17. Anchorage Christian, 9; 18. West, 6; 19. Soldotna, 5; 20. Haines, 4; 21. Valdez, 3; 22. Grace, 2; 22. Kenai, 2; 22. Skyview, 2; 25. Homer, 1; 25. Susitna Valley, 1.

Individual results

100 -- 1. Robinson, Kod, 11.18; 2. Reese, Bar, 11.29; 3. Collins, Col, 11.33; 4. Rouzan, Eas, 11.45; 5. Mangini, Sit, 11.78; 6. Bateman, Lat, 11.81.

200 -- 1. Collins, Col, 22.67; 2. Robinson, Kod, 22.79; 3. Joseph, Dim, 23.18; 4. Rouzan, Eas, 23.40; 5. Hopkins, WV, 23.63; 6. Abbott, Hom, 23.65.

400 -- 1. Joseph, Dim, 50.68; 2. Mangini, Sit, 51.03; 3. Samuelson, Eas, 51.34; 4. McMahon, Eas, 51.70; 5. Meier, Gra, 52.35; 6. Sandhofer, Chu, 52.84.

800 -- 1. McMahon, Eas, 1:58.57; 2. Mercer, WV, 1:59.97; 3. Pitcher, Wes, 2:00.46; 4. Mazany, Bar, 2:00.92; 5. Young, Kod, 2:01.51; 6. Johnson, Val, 2:02.39.

1,600 -- 1. Mortenson, Kod, 4:21.43; 2. O'Reilly, Ser, 4:21.87; 3. Hanley, WV, 4:23.25; 4. Stringer, JD, 4:27.61; 5. Johnson, Val, 4:27.75; 6. Rood, Chu, 4:29.41.

3,200 -- 1. Mortenson, Kod, 9:26.13; 2. Hanley, WV, 9:26.99; 3. O'Reilly, Ser, 9:43.69; 4. Liebner, Sol, 9:47.07; 5. Fuller, Lat, 9:52.15; 6. Gogain, ACS, 9:56.52.

110 hurdles -- 1. Millar, Her, 15.51; 2. Reilly, Nik, 15.59; 3. Tufaga, Dim, 15.84; 4. Nordlund, Ket, 16.13; 5. Shields, Sky, 16.36; 6. Hooker, Pal, 16.38.

300 hurdles -- 1. Reilly, Nik, 40.39; 2. Millar, Her, 40.42; 3. Snowden, Lat, 40.88; 4. Blewett, Bar, 42.63; 5. Campbell, Dim, 42.84; 6. Morrison, Chu, 42.89.

400 relay -- 1. Bartlett, 44.29; 2. Kodiak, 44.37; 3. Lathrop, 44.96; 4. East, 45.32; 5. Dimond, 45.68; 6. Heritage, 46.26.

800 relay -- 1. Bartlett, 1:32.00; 2. Dimond, 1:33.40; 3. Chugiak, 1:33.79; 4. North Pole, 1:34.23; 5. Lathrop, 1:34.39; 6. Heritage, 1:34.89.

3,200 relay -- 1. West Valley, 8:07.41; 2. East, 8:18.04; 3. Chugiak, 8:18.86; 4. Palmer, 8:19.03; 5. Dimond, 8:22.44; 6. Soldotna (Medina, Mann-Schweigert, Liebner, Knight), 8:22.54.

1,600 relay -- 1. West Valley, 3:29.01; 2. North Pole, 3:29.73; 3. Kodiak, 3:33.15; 4. Dimond, 3:33.34; 5. Nikiski (Holloway, Wicker, Sykes, Reilly), 3:33.90; 6. Sitka, 3:36.66.

High jump -- 1. Weber, Bar, 6-5; 2. Hooker, Pal, 6-4; 3. Vozz, ACS, 6-2; 4. Holloway, Nik, 5-10; 5. Ferringer, WV, 5-10; 6. Steadman, SuV, 5-10.

Long jump -- 1. Oliver, Kod, 21-3 1/4; 2. Weber, Bar, 20-10 1/4; 3. Joseph, Dim, 20-6 3/4; 4. Nordlund, Ket, 20-4; 5. Crary, Dim, 20-0 1/4; 6. Hirai, Sit, 19-7 1/2.

Triple jump -- 1. Weber, Bar, 42-11 1/2; 2. Brown, JD, 41-4; 3. Nordlund, Ket, 41-3 3/4; 4. Plucker, Hai, 40-4 3/4; 5. Oliver, Kod, 40-3; 6. Walker, Dim, 40-0 1/2.

Shot put -- 1. Alailefaeula, Bar, 54-3 1/4; 2. Pettit, Pal, 53-1; 3. Fillman, Col, 51-10; 4. Clooten, Lat, 48-5 1/4; 5. Homan, ACS, 47-2 1/4; 6. Kuper, Dim, 47-0.

Discus -- 1. Fillman, Col, 152-2; 2. Pettit, Pal, 149-11; 3. Alailefaeula, Bar, 145-0; 4. Clooten, Lat, 141-7; 5. Hogue, Ken, 140-10; 6. Luna, Nik, 138-3.



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