Local tracksters notch first-place finishes
Anchorage School District held a last-minute track and field meet Thursday, April 5 to give athletes as much competition as possible, said Chris Lisenby, Region IV season meet director.
“Anytime we can give them a full schedule, we try to do that,” he said. “Kids aren’t used to having that week off.”
With Easter falling on April 8, ASD athletes couldn’t compete the Friday and Saturday prior to the holiday.
“It’s kind of a rough holiday to have because it rotates every year,” Lisenby said.
Three local athletes notched first-place finishes at the ASD Thursday Night Races.
Chugiak’s Tyler Rohde won the 300-meter hurdles while fellow Mustang Roger Jorgensen won the high jump.
Eagle River’s Kate Mondl won the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 21 seconds.
Chugiak’s Tim Sorensen placed second in the boys’ 1,600 and Eagle River’s Ben Hall was fourth.
Chugiak’s Catherine Jorgensen finished second in the girls’ 400.
Richard Ayala of Eagle River took third in the boys’ 200 and Ed Hall was second in shot put.
Chugiak freshman Rachel Gregg placed second in the high jump and Eagle River’s Scout Warners finished third.
Kaitlyn Gallagher of Chugiak was third in girls’ shot put. For full results, visit www.athletic.net.
Dual meets are scheduled to move outside April 20. Lisenby is optimistic teams will be out of The Dome by then, however, one district wide meet will likely replace the duals, he said.
“We’ve pretty much said the duals aren’t going to happen,” he said. “We’re gonna sacrifice the small ones for the bigger ones.”
The focus is on providing athletes with competition, Lisenby said.
“Right now, it’s just about getting kids on the track,” he said. “We just want to get kids competing.”
Track events at the ASD Thursday Night Races were held at The Dome and Bartlett High hosted field events. Lisenby said he prefers hosting meets at one place.
“It was kind of a logistical nightmare hosting it at two different locations,” he said.
Clark Middle School and Begich Middle School are likely venues for the district meet April 20, Lisenby said.
The middle schools are the best option for now, he said, because they’re cleared of snow and several high school tracks sustained too much damage to host a meet. Those include Chugiak, East, West and Service, Lisenby said.
“You can’t compete at those tracks,” he said.
Eagle River High’s new eight lanes are excellent for track events, Lisenby said, but the school can’t host all field events. Eagle River’s jumping pits weren’t built to regulation, he said, and a quality leap could send an athlete out of the back of the pit.
South and Dimond have reported positive news concerning their tracks, Lisenby said, but the Lynx can’t host a large meet do to their limited number of lanes.
Lisenby said he’s hoping the weather will cooperate and track can move outdoors as scheduled.
“We’re pretty confident that we can make it happen,” he said. “If it progresses the way it has, we’re looking OK.”
But, Lisenby said, Mother Nature always has the final say when it comes to spring sports in Alaska.
“You never know what will happen,” he said.
Athletes will be at the Big “C” Relays Friday and Saturday at The Dome.