Rohde leads CHS boys to third place finish at state track and field meet


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Chugiak junior Tyler Rohde leaps over a hurdle in the 110-meter race at the Anchorage Invitational on May 5 at Bartlett High. Rohde won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the ASAA/Alaska State High School Track and Field Championships in Fairbanks on Saturday, May 19.

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Chugiak's top track and field athlete showed he's the best in the state over the weekend.

Mustangs junior Tyler Rohde won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and ran a leg of Chugiak's winning 4X400 relay team to help the Mustangs to a third-place finish at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A Boys State Track and Field Championships at Lathrop High in Fairbanks on Saturday, May 19. He was also a member of Chugiak's second-place 4X200 relay team.

Rohde's winning time in the 110 hurdles of 14.61 broke Elliott Bauer's state record and was more than three-tenths of a second faster than second-place Taj Showalter of Bartlett. He won the 300 hurdles by more than a second over Dimond's John Corr. Rohde also teamed up with Dane Prince, Chris Kveseth and Jacob Wenzl to place second in the 4X200 race, then later joined Kveseth, Wenzl and Duncan Keith to win the day's final event, the 4X400 relay, by .09 seconds over West.

Rohde was named the 4A boys Most Outstanding Athlete of the meet for his performance. All told, he had a hand in 38 of Chugiak's 48 total team points.

The Bartlett boys and Wasilla girls won Class 4A team titles.

Other placewinners for the Mustangs included Kveseth (4th in the 400) and Keith, who was third in the triple jump on Friday.

The Eagle River boys finished in 18th place with one team point behind sophomore Peter Kott's sixth-place showing in the 100 meter dash.

Chugiak's girls team finished seventh. Alex Collins led the way individually for Chugiak with second-place finishes in both the long and triple jump. Malia McVee was third in the discus, Rachel Gregg was fifth in the long jump and Brandy Bookout was fifth in the 400. The Mustangs also got a pair of sixth-place relay performances. Kelly McBride, Bookout, Gregg and Victoria Bensel joined forces on the 4X200 team, while Bensel, Collins, Hannah Bolin and Kenzie Matthis teamed up on the 4X100.

Eagle River's girls were 14th. Scout Warners scored 10 of 12 points for the Wolves, finishing third in the 300 hurdles, fifth in the high jump and sixth in both the 200 and the long jump. Kate Mondl scored the other two points for the Wolves with her fifth-place showing in the 3,200 run on Friday.

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