Chugiak duo earn Big "C" honors
Chugiak High junior Tyler Rohde continued his dominance in the 300-meter and 110-meter hurdles this season, sweeping both events at the Big “C” Relays on April 13-14 at The Dome.
Rohde posted a new meet record of 40.09 seconds in the 300, beating the former benchmark set by South’s Elliott Bauer last year by 0.95 seconds.
Rohde’s teammate, Chugiak senior Duncan Keith, claimed victory in the invitation-only pentathlon, which consisted of the 100, 800, 300 hurdles, high jump and shot put.
“Duncan’s having a great weekend,” said Chugiak head coach Jon Schroeder.
Eagle River’s Scout Warners also earned an invite to the pentathlon, placing third in the girls’ competition.
Rohde blew away the field en route to his record-setting run, coming in more than three seconds ahead of second-place Jordan Railing of ACS.
Rohde said he felt great prior to running the 300.
“I was in a good mood going into it,” he said. “Sometimes you hit all the hurdles and sometimes you don’t. Today, I hit all of them and felt smooth.”
Rohde posted a winning time of 15.05 in the 110 hurdles. His preliminary time of 14.75 on Friday set a new school record, said Jon Schroeder.
“He’s running really well,” Schroeder said.
Rohde has been unstoppable early in the season, winning every hurdle race he’s competed in. He swept both events at the Anchorage School District 8x8 meet March 30-31 and won the 300 hurdles at the ASD Thursday Night Races on April 5 despite falling on the second to last hurdle.
Though he doesn’t have Bauer — who graduated last year — to push him, Rohde said he’s determined to do all he can to lower his times.
“It’s a race against you and the hurdles,” he said.
After injuries cut Rohde’s past two seasons short, the Chugiak junior is hoping to stay healthy, run a full season and catch the attention of collegiate coaches, he said.
The Mustang girls shined in the long jump, taking three of the top six places. Senior Alex Collins was third with a jump of 15 feet, 3 ¾ inches. Rachel Gregg placed fourth and Alicia Reitz finished sixth.
“The girls’ jumpers did well,” Schroeder said.
Gregg, a freshman, also placed sixth in the 300 hurdles and tied for fifth in the high jump along with fellow Chugiak freshman Brandy Bookout.
Kenzie Matthis’ fifth-place finish in the 100 was a welcome surprise, Schroeder said, as he expected she’d just crack the top 10.
Chris Kveseth claimed fourth in the 400 and sixth in the 800 for the Mustangs. He was also part of Chugiak’s fourth-place 800 medley relay along with Dane Prince, Luke Meahan and Vander LeKites.
Kate Mondl and Richard Ayala turned in the Wolves’ best performances of the weekend, each taking second in individual races.
Mondl finished behind Dimond’s Sarah Freistone in the 3,200-meter run while Ayala was runner up to Bartlett’s Daquon Brunson in the 400.
The Eagle River girls 1,600 medley relay team (Emily Thompson, Samantha Brown, Nikki Boggs and Hannah Stevens) and boys 1,600 medley relay (Ed Hall, Peter Kott, Ayala and Edward Massey) each placed third for the Wolves.
Ayala and Massey were also part of the fifth-place 4x400 relay with Ben Hall and Brandon King. For full results, visit www.athletic.net.
The entire Eagle River team showed improvement at the meet, which featured 39 teams, said head coach Matt Turner.
“For us as a team, it’s going really good,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of PRs.”
A steady trickle of new athletes over the past few weeks has Eagle River’s total at 61 tracksters, Turner said.
“That’s 20 more than we’ve ever had,” he said.
The Big “C” Relays, which featured 19 hours of competition in two days, pushes teams to their limit, Schroeder said.
“It’s such a long, grueling day,” he said. “It’s an endurance test.”
And it’s one that the Mustangs passed.
“We’ve had some real gutsy performances from kids that are sick and injured,” Schroeder said. “The kids have done really well.”