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Hurdler overcomes slow start to win state title; Homer's Parkinson repeats in discus

Better late than never for SoHi's Schaafsma

Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2000

Whether it's getting a late start on her season or getting a late start in a race, Janna Schaafsma showed Saturday at Palmer High School she has no problem catching up.

The Soldotna sophomore overcame a slow start in the 100-meter hurdles to win the event at the windy Alaska School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships.

Schaafsma did not start her season this year until late April because she was traveling with a mission group from her church.

But, obviously, late starts don't bother her. She became the first athlete from Soldotna to win a state hurdles title.

"I was like the last person coming out of the blocks," said Schaafsma, who was third in the 100 hurdles her freshman year. "I thought, 'Oh well, I guess I'll just have to do a little more to catch back up."

The victory broke a two-year drought by peninsula runners at the state meet.

"That was a coming out party for Janna," Soldotna coach Mark Devenney said. "I knew what she could do. She just didn't know what she could do, yet."

Devenney said Schaafsma overcame her slow start quickly, taking control of the race by the second hurdle. From that point, the trick for Schaafsma was making sure a gusting tailwind didn't break her stride or balance going over the hurdles.

She said she hit her trail leg on the seventh and eighth hurdles, but she still came in at 15.37 seconds -- a little more than a tenth of a second faster than runner-up and defending state champion Megan Kinnevan of Chugiak.

Wins by Schaafsma and Homer senior Karen Parkinson were area highlights from a meet that saw the Colony boys take their second straight state crown and the Bartlett girls win a state title.

The Soldotna girls placed sixth to lead all peninsula teams, while the Nikiski boys tied for eighth to post the best effort on the boys side.

Parkinson defended her state discus title with a toss of 123 feet, 9 inches. Homer coach Alan Olson, who has been coaching at Homer for 11 years, said it is the first time he remembers a Homer track athlete winning back-to-back titles.

Last year, Parkinson came into state firmly entrenched behind two other throwers, but scored an upset victory. This year, she had a throw about 10 feet better than anybody else in the state coming into the meet.

"It was a lot better last year," Parkinson said of winning state. "I liked being the underdog. When I won, everybody was like, 'Who's that?'

"It was still fun this year, though."

Schaafsma and Parkinson were the only athletes from the peninsula to come away with state titles, although many others had close misses.

The Soldotna girls were helped to their sixth-place finish by getting a second from their 400 relay and a third from their 3,200 relay.

Soldotna and Colony came into the meet tied for the best time in the state in the 400 relay, but the Knights stepped it up a notch to take the Stars Saturday. Colony came in at 50.95, while Soldotna's team of Lissa Cristiano, Sarah Histand, Annette Rhoades and Schaafsma finished at 51.65.

"They ran really great," Histand said. "We didn't do anything wrong. They're just faster than us."

Soldotna's boys also picked up a second in a relay. The team of Matt Medina, Brent Knight, Andy Liebner and Brandon Newbould finished at 8:25.74 in the 3,200 relay. Palmer won with an 8:16.68.

Newbould, who led the Stars to a state cross country title last fall, had to scratch from the 1,600, but called the 3,200 relay a great way to end his career.

"Relays are more important to me than individual events," the senior captain said. "That's what makes our team special. People are willing to put relays ahead of individual events."

Devenney agreed. The coach even went so far as to say SoHi's boys and girls teams competed better than any he had brought to the state meet. That's a pretty bold statement, considering Devenney has coached track teams to three state titles at Soldotna.

"These teams ran closer to their potential than any team I've had," the coach said. "I'm really proud of them."

The Nikiski boys were led to their eighth-place finish by Mario Bird and Jeremy Kouf. Bird was second in the 1,600 and third in the 800. Kouf was second in the long jump and sixth in the 100.

In the 1,600, Bird led the first lap before falling back into third for laps two and three. On lap four, he took the lead entering the final turn, but Bartlett's Patrick Beattie out-kicked him. Beattie, the meet's outstanding male athlete, was timed at 4:27.24, while Bird was at 4:28.62.

"I made a tactical error," Bird said of the pass. "I passed him and then waited for him to react. I should have burst by him so I could gain more separation."

Bird finishes his career at Nikiski with the school records in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Kouf jumped 20-3 3/4 to finish about a foot behind champion Dominic Wilson of Lathrop.

"My mark wasn't set," said Kouf, who still had his best state finish. "I had to keep changing it so I lost my concentration. I was more worried about hitting my mark than jumping."

The Skyview girls had a solid seventh-place finish despite having only two girls in the meet. Skyview junior Erika Edwards was second in the 3,200, third in the 1,600 and fifth in the 800. Senior Christina Rice was second in the discus and third in the shot put.

In the 3,200, Edwards took a large lead on East's Kikkan Randall in the first mile. She ran it in 5:17, which is only two seconds slower than her fastest time in the 1,600 this year.

"I always like going out fast," Edwards said. "I knew I had to get a lead on Kikkan because she has a great kick."

Randall caught Edwards on the last lap and beat her to the finish. The two both had times under 11 minutes -- a rare occurrence at the state meet in Alaska.

Randall's running rival had been Dimond senior Darcy Dugan, who is out this track season with a knee injury. The East junior said she is glad to have someone new to push her next year.

"There's no way I would have run that fast by myself," said Randall, who was named the meet's most outstanding female athlete. "Having somebody to push you is what makes racing fun.

"I'm glad Erika's running so well."

For Rice, the secret was having eggs for breakfast. She had eggs before both the shot put and discus for the first time, and had personal records in both events.

She also thanked Nikiski coach Jim Arness for lending her the high performance gear she needed to succeed.

Kenai Central and Ninilchik also had some performances that bode well for the future. For Ninilchik, Molly Bosick finished third in the 200.

For the Kardinals, young runners got seasoning that will be invaluable in years to come.

"For a lot of them, it was their first state meet," said Kenai co-coach Rebecca Hunter. "I think they were a little bit intimidated.

"But it was great for them to be able to see what it takes to compete here."

Kenai's best performance was a third in the girls 800 relay. The team consists of Nicole Spence, Catie Baldwin, Erica Smith and Tamanika Haynes.

ASAA STATE TRACK AND FIELD

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday, Saturday

At Palmer High School

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Colony, 74; 2. Bartlett, 70; 3. West Valley, 54; 4 (tie). Lathrop, 37; Dimond, 37; 6. Glennallen, 32; 7. Kodiak, 29; 8 (tie). Nikiski, 23; Palmer, 23; 10. Grace Christian, 20; 11. East, 18; 12. Heritage, 16; 13 (tie). Chugiak, 14; North Pole 14; 15. Soldotna, 12.5; 16. Anchorage Christian Schools, 12; 17. Ketchikan, 10; 18 (tie). Wasilla, 6; Haines, 6; West, 6; Service, 6; 22. Susitna Valley, 3; 23. Juneau-Douglas, 2.5; 24. Kenai Central, 1.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Judd Viersen, Glen, 52 feet, 1/2 inch; 2. John Fillman, Glen, 50-11 3/4; 3. Daryn Cooledge, NP, 49-9 1/4; 4. Tony Lolesio, Dim, 48-9 3/4; 5. Billy Moiles, Sol, 47-6; 6. Jim Newton, West Valley, 46-5.

LONG JUMP -- 1. Dominic Wilson, Lat, 21-5 1/4; 2. Jeremy Kouf, Nik, 20-3 3/4; 3. Anthony Woods, Chu, 20-1/2; 4. John Lorenzo, Kod, 19-10 3/4; 5. John Plucker, Haines, 19-6; 6. Derek Tarr, Sol, 19-2.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Nathan Schwartzbauer, Col, 6-2; 2. J.D. Voss, ACS, 6-1; 3. Joseph Weber, West, 6-0; 4 (tie). Doug Owen, Lat, 5-10; Josh Pratt, SV, 5-10; 6 (tie). Paul John Zobeck, Sol, 5-8; Zach Gaber, JuD, 5-8.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Adrian Calahan, Bar, 43-8 1/2; 2. Barry Slaymaker, Col, 42-5 1/2; 3. Anthony Woods, Chu, 41-9 3/4; 4. Ralf Kennedy, Wes; 5. John Plucker, Hai, 41-4; 6. Thaddeous Hall, Dim, 41-4.

DISCUS -- 1. Judd Viersen, Glen, 172-10; 2. Mike Quinn, WV, 157-10; 3. Ben Luer, Was, 141-10; 4. John Fillman, Gle, 132-3; 5. John Stuart, Pal, 131-3; 6. Zach Pettit, Pal, 128-0.

3,200 METERS -- 1. Patrick Beattie, Bar, 9 minutes, 28.01 seconds; 2. Seth Chappell, Eas, 9:40.53; 3. Brian Hanley, WV, 9:44.57; 4. Ted O'Reilly, Ser, 9:50.12; 5. Curtis Mortenson, Kod, 9:50.64; 6. Andy Liebner, Sol, 9:55.38.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Palmer (Egelus, Dickson, Cunningham, McKay), 8:16.68; 2. Soldotna, 8:25.74; 3. Bartlett, 8:26.99; 4. East, 8:29.68; 5. Juneau-Douglas, 8:37.11; 6. West Valley, 8:37.34.

110 HURDLES -- 1. Geoff Nordlund, Ket, 15.19; 2. Trevor Millar, Her, 15.4; 3. Case Martin, WV, 15.56; 4. Jared Tufaga, Dim, 15.65; 5. Tim Lacatena, WV, 16.07; 6. Adam Wisher, Kod, 16.23.

100 -- 1. Cedar Gray, WV, 10.74; 2. Adrian Calahan, Bar, 10.75; 3. Joe Robinson, Kod, 10.96; 4. Marvin Jackson, Lat, 11.09; 5. Zachary Graham, Eas, 11.10; 6. Jeremy Kouf, Nik, 11.23.

800 RELAY -- 1. Colony (Anderson, Collins, Schwartzbauer, Foster), 1:31.40; 2. Lathrop, 1:35.23; 3. Kodiak, 1:36.85; 4. Bartlett, 1:37.73; 5. Haines, 1:39.43.

1,600 -- 1. Patrick Beattie, Bar, 4:27.24; 2. Mario Bird, Nik, 4:28.62; 3. Brian Hanley, WV, 4:29.57; 4. Eric Strabel, Col, 4:31.60; 5. Ted O'Reilly, Ser, 4:31.72; 6. Ben Mercer, WV, 4:32.59.

400 RELAY -- 1. Colony (Anderson, Collins, Schwartzbauer, Slaymaker), 43.59 (New state record); 2. West Valley, 43.83; 3. Dimond, 44.73; 4. Lathrop, 44.79; 5. Bartlett, 45.41; 6. Kodiak, 45.54.

400 -- 1. Josh Young, Dim, 50.76; 2. Adrian Calahan, Bar, 50.93; 3. Michael Anderson, Col, 52.12; 4. Brandon Joseph, Dim, 52.18; 5. Colt Foster, Col, 52.31; 6. Jim Newton, WV, 52.43.

300 HURDLES -- 1. Landon Libby, Gra, 40.51; 2. Trevor Millar, Her, 41.09; 3. Daniel Campbell, Dim, 41.23; 4. Ryan Smith, ACS, 41.94; 5. John Paul Huffer, Chu, 41.97; 6. Rocky Fanning, Ken, 42.07.

800 -- 1. Eric Strabel, Col, 1:58.89; 2. Patrick Egelus, Pal, 1:59.94; 3. Mario Bird, Nik, 2:00.85; 4. Bo Kittredge, Lat, 2:01.40; 5. Patrick Beattie, Bar, 2:01.69; 6. John Heinrichs, Kod, 2:01.70.

200 -- 1. Adrian Calahan, Bar, 22.13; 2. Ryan Collins, Col, 22.20; 3. Michael Anderson, Col, 22.57; 4. Marvin Jackson, Lat, 22.88; 5. Joe Robinson, Kod, 22.92; 6. Brandon Joseph, Dim, 23.15.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Grace Christian (Shugak, Smith, Libby, Meier), 3:30.83; 2. North Pole, 3:32.71; 3. Kodiak, 3:35.42; 4. East, 3:35.43; 5. Palmer, 3:36.77; 6. Dimond, 3:38.08.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Bartlett, 84; 2. Colony, 53; 3. East, 46; 4. West Valley, 38; 5. Wasilla, 36; 6. Soldotna, 35; 7 (tie). Skyview, 30; Chugiak, 30; 9. Service, 28; 10. Dimond, 21; 11. Eielson, 20; 12. North Pole, 19; 13. Kenai Central, 13; 14 (tie). Homer, 12; Lathrop, 12; 16. West, 9; 17 (tie). Haines, 6; Ninilchik, 6; 19 (tie). Heritage Christian, 5; Kodiak, 5; Petersburg, 5; 22. Nikiski, 4; 23 (tie). Houston, 2; Valdez, 2; 25 (tie). Susitna Valley, 1; Glennallen, 1.

DISCUS -- 1. Karen Parkinson, Hom, 123-9; 2. Christina Rice, Sky, 116-7; 3. Rashinda Reed, WV, 111-10; 4. Inger Hulien, Nik, 108-8; 5. Sasha Cvetkovski, Sol, 107-3; 6. Christie Busby, Dim, 106-11.

HIGH JUMP -- 1. Christina Watson, Bar, 5-3; 2. Jessica Nichols, Col, 5-2; 3. Lindy Mapes, Ser, 5-2; 4. Amber Beardslee, Pet, 5-2; 5. Dallas Baldwin, Ken, 5-0; 6. Erica Smith, Ken, 4-10.

LONG JUMP -- 1. Janay DeLoach, Eie, 17-7; 2. Meghan McGuire, West, 16-2 3/4; 3. Maja Pedersen, WV, 15-2; 4. Brandi Fouts, WV, 15-1 1/4; 5. Cynthia Cacy, Ser, 14-11 3/4; 6. Annie Whitters, Chu, 14-9 3/4.

TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. Maja Pedersen, WV, 34-7 1/4; 2. Megan Kinnevan, Chu, 34-5 1/2; 3. Brandi Fouts, WV, 34-2 1/2; 4. Cherie Ward, Her, 33-2 1/2; 5. Cynthia Cacy, Ser, 33-1 3/4; 6. Amber Beardslee, Pet, 32-6 3/4.

SHOT PUT -- 1. Corena Bell, Bar, 37-5 1/2; 2. Johanna Schmitz, Was, 36-8; 3. Christina Rice, Sky, 35-4 1/2; 4. Raya Thomas, Lat, 34-8; 5. Cassi Sylvester, Hou, 32-11 1/4; 6. Sasha Cvetkovski, Sol, 32-4 1/2.

3,200 -- 1. Kikkan Randall, Eas, 10:53.04; 2. Erika Edwards, Sky, 10:53.45; 3. Dominique Colberg, Col, 11:39.63; 4. Briana Sullivan, Chu, 11:40.02; 5. Davya Baker, WV, 11:48.62; 6. Nikki Campbell, Col, 11:53.72.

3,200 RELAY -- 1. Bartlett (Wood, Ekemo, S. Reese, C. Reese), 9:47.85; 2. East, 9:57.51; 3. Soldotna, 10:03.21; 4. North Pole, 10:10.62; 5. Kenai Central, 10:14.46; 6. Susitna Valley, 10:23.95.

100 HURDLES -- 1. Janna Schaafsma, Sol, 15.37; 2. Megan Kinnevan, Chu, 15.50; 3. Bianca Dueno, Ser, 16.05; 4. Amy Williams, Was, 16.74; 5. Jenny March, WV, 17.08; 6. Danielle Brown, Kod, 17.13.

100 -- 1. Jenny DeLoach, Eie, 12.30; 2. Shavon Shegog, Bar, 12.55; 3. Karri Turnbough, Col, 12.64; 4. Lissa Cristiano, Sol, 12.67; 5. Janna Schaafsma, Sol, 12.79; 6. Caily Wright, Val, 12.87.

800 RELAY -- 1. Colony (Turnbough, Nichols, Larson, Krupa), 1:46.67; 2. East, 1:48.97; 3. Kenai Central, 1:49.04; 4. Bartlett, 1:50.42; 5. Service, 1:59.19; 6. North Pole, 1:51.91.

1,600 -- 1. Kikkan Randall, Eas, 5:08.49; 2. Caitlin Reese, Bar, 5:10.98; 3. Erika Edwards, 5:18.72; 4. Sarah Reese, Bar, 5:23.38; 5. Lisa Gillette, WV, 5:32.71; 6. Kristine Smith, Wes, 5:33.44.

400 RELAY -- 1. Colony (Turnbough, Nichols, Larson, Krupa), 50.95; 2. Soldotna, 51.65; 3. Bartlett, 51.70; 4. East, 52.10; 5. Lathrop, 53.71; 6. Heritage Christian, 54.75.

400 -- 1. Mary Pearce, Dim, 58.88; 2. Regina Cambilarglu, NP, 59.09; 3. Sara Lende, Hai, 59.84; 4. Michelle Edwards, Ken, 1:01.05; 5. Stephanie Farris, Was, 1:01.59; 6. Veronica Morman, Chu, 1:03.53.

300 HURDLES -- 1. Bianca Dueno, Ser, 45.78; 2. Megan Kinnevan, Chu, 48.68; 3. Angel Binder, Lat, 49.00; 4. Danielle Brown, Kod, 49.03; 5. Nahanni Wills, Hom, 49.15; 6. Emily Peterson, Gle, 49.63.

800 -- 1. Sarah Dimmick, Was, 2:15.55; 2. Sarah Reese, Bar, 2:21.08; 3. Caitlin Reese, Bar, 2:22.44; 4. Kikkan Randall, Eas, 2:23.92; 5. Erika Edwards, Sky, 2:26.05; 6. Sarah Fischer, Val, 2:26.23.

200 -- 1. Mary Pearce, Dim, 25.78; 2. Karri Turnbough, Col, 26.01; 3. Molly Bosick, Nin, 26.16; 4. Angela Smith, Was, 26.21; 5. Natalie Jones, Eas, 26.59; 6. Tamanika Haynes, Ken, 26.84.

1,600 RELAY -- 1. Bartlett (Shegog, Ekemo, C. Reese, S. Reese), 4:04.93; 2. Wasilla, 4:13.34; 3. North Pole, 4:13.50; 4. Colony, 4:15.55; 5. Soldotna, 4:17.41; 6. Kenai Central, 4:20.12.



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