Two of the state’s most elite track and field athletes are local seniors.
Chugiak’s Tyler Rohde and Eagle River’s Scout Warners proved that last week by winning the pentathlon at the Big “C” Relays on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at The Dome. Six athletes competed in the invitation-only event, which featured the 100-meter dash, 300 hurdles, high jump, shot put and 800.
Warners tied for first in the high jump and won the 100 and 300 hurdles to claim gold in the girls’ event while Rohde took first two events (100, 300 hurdles) and second in two events (high jump, 800) to win the boys’ pentathlon. Rohde set a new meet record and school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.87 seconds — beating his own Big C record by more than a second — and became the second straight Mustang to win the pentathlon. (2012 graduate Duncan Keith won the event last season).
Warners, who finished third last year, became the first Eagle River pentathlon winner.
“I’m excited,” she said.
Warners also tied for first in the open high jump. (The pentathlon only counts as one event so athletes are allowed to compete in other events).
Rohde, who recently signed a letter of intent to run for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s NCAA Division I program next year, said offseason training led to his victory.
“All that hard work in the offseason paid off,” he said.
Competing in the pentathlon was the most fun he’s had at a track meet, Rohde said.
“It was a blast,” he said.
And also unique.
“It’s something I’ve never done before.” Rohde said. “The pentathlon is just something else.”
Warners said she likes the challenge of participating in five events. The Big “C” Relays, which featured 40 teams, is something she looks forward to every year.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a month,” Warners said.
The event gives Cook Inlet Conference teams the opportunity to compete against nonconference Class 4A schools, she said.
“The next time we see them is at state,” Warners said. “It’s nice to see where everyone is at.”
Rohde and Warners weren’t the only local tracksters who made history.
Chugiak senior Chris Kveseth set a meet record in the 800 with a time of 1:58.31. He also won the 400 in 50.22 — more than two seconds ahead second-place Brad Smithwick of Kenai Central.
Both times were personal records for Kveseth.
“It’s a good weekend,” he said.
Kveseth also ran a leg of Chugiak’s second-place 1,600-meter sprint medley team with Tyler Carnahan, Dillon Pratt and Sam Brownlee.
Eagle River senior Brandon Parish set a school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.28, which was good enough for fifth place. Parish took second in the 110 hurdles, finishing three-tenths of a second behind South’s Andrew West, and tied for third in long jump.
Eagle River’s girls 4x400 relay team of Dreanna Owens, Allonna Walker, Jordyn Bruce and Nikki Boggs set a school record with their winning time of 4:12.98 — more than five seconds faster than second-place West. Boggs and Walker teamed up with Sierra Richardson and Kate Mondl to finish second in the 4x800 relay. Boggs also took second in the 400.
Eagle River’s Kit Hoog, John Randall, Alec Smith and Peter Kott placed second in the boys 4x400 relay. Ed Hall placed third in discus for the Wolves.
Chugiak senior Malia McVee was second in girls discus and Paige Nelson placed second in long jump.
The next meet is the Pro/Whit Indoor Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 at The Dome. On Friday, field events start at 3 p.m. and track at 5 p.m. On Saturday, events start at 8 a.m.
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